Two brothers from Christchurch, Dorset have entered into this year’s 2016 P1 Superstock offshore powerboat championships to raise money for charity Help for Heroes, writes Poole-based former P1 team owner Richard Carr.
Lee & Glynn Norvall will become the charity’s first ever marine partner when they line-up on the start line in Scarborough, Yorkshire later this year. However, there’s still one issue to resolve for the pair – funding.
They still need £50,000 to make sure that they can go racing in the summer. They are asking for local Dorset businesses to support them and take up sponsorship, which will be branded on the boat and televised on the BBC, ITV and Sky Sports.
Despite not having experience on the seas, the brothers come from racing heritage. Their father Doug built and raced the first ever catamaran powerboat 53 years ago and also raced in the Classic Cowes powerboat race.
Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo, Glynn said: “We have jumped in with both feet first, you have to be crazy to race a powerboat but we could not turn down this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help raise money for great cause.”
Lee, from Mudeford, said: “Racing a powerboat to raise money is off the wall, we never believed that Help for Heroes would agree for us to be their first marine charity partner but we are over the moon.”
How to help?
For anyone reading their story and who wishes to help them get on the start line, the pair can be contacted for information about sponsorship opportunities by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help for Heroes’ Mark Elliot said: “We are looking forward to working with Lee and Glynn from E. Marine Racing and to get the backing of race organisers Powerboat P1.”