Maria Brown raised £1,570 for Cerebra by racing her Mighty Mini after taking a break to look after her son who has cerebral palsy.
Many parents who have a child with a disability will have experienced having to give something up in order to look after their child and cater for their additional needs.
Maria Brown was forced to give up her motorsport career eight years ago when she became pregnant with her son Piran. This sabbatical was only meant to be for a few years, however Piran was born prematurely and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. This changed everything and she put her career on hold to dedicate her time to care for Piran. Despite the everyday challenges that Piran’s condition brings, Maria always intended to return to motorsport and is now in a position to do just that.
Before she was forced to put her career on hiatus, Maria very successfully competed in the Mighty Minis national race championship, becoming the first lady to ever win a Mighty Minis race. She later progressed to the more powerful Super Mighty Minis.
Since returning to the sport, Maria has become a qualified ARDS instructor and has worked with Formula Woman assisting female drivers to develop their racing skills. She also writes for Mini World magazine and now that she is once again a prominent voice in the world of motorsport, Maria is very keen to use her skills in order to raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy and the charities that support those affected by it, including Cerebra.
As well as helping to raise awareness of Cerebra and the work we do, Maria has recently raised a fantastic £1,570 through a racing event that she held, something that she is incredibly proud of and is hoping to build upon in the coming years.
In 2015 Maria will be competing with her own Mighty Mini with a view of contesting the championship, and will at the same time be hoping to raise as much awareness of Cerebral Palsy as possible.
The Mighty Minis championship enjoys an abundance of media interest through radio, national TV, local and national newspapers, Youtube, and other web based channels. Mighty Minis has its own program on Freeview television which will air every race in 2015. The championship organisers have also offered to have the press spot light on Maria and her project during the season.
More information about Mighty Minis Racing can be found at www.mightyminis.co.uk.