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Veterans ‘buckle up” for drive of their lives at Brands Hatch track day

The Not Forgotten, a British Armed Forces charity for serving and ex-military personnel recently hosted 60 injured ex-service men and women at their annual Brands Hatch track day.

The group, including injured, wounded and sick veterans from numerous campaigns spent a high-octane day experiencing the thrill of being driven around the iconic track by professionals in a range of sensational, high-performance road and racing cars.

The adrenaline-filled day started with track-side bacon butties and finished with veterans gathering at the Mercure Brands Hatch Hotel for a dinner where guests mingled to swap stories about their exhilarating experiences.

One of the veterans commented:

“It was a fantastic event to be part of and totally exceeded any expectations I had; really nice bunch of people who ran the day at the circuit and the very professional group of drivers who gave up their time for us veterans, all followed by a real fun dinner. A great day for me and my shipmate. Thank you so much.”

Another veteran said:

“The drivers definitely showed us what their cars could do, and it’s certainly the fastest I’ve travelled in a vehicle without wings!  The evening in the hotel was lovely, and it was great to meet so many from all over the country.”

Brigadier James Stopford, CBE, CEO of The Not Forgotten said:

“Bringing together such a wide range of service men and women with different types of injury enables them to enjoy again the camaraderie and banter of service life, provide mutual support and make new friends.

“The Not Forgotten was founded to provide entertainment and recreation, including social activities and challenge holidays, for wounded service personnel and injured veterans and the Brands Hatch track day continues to be one of the most popular events we organise throughout the year.

“Our thanks go out to our incredible supporters for arranging the day and to all the drivers and car owners for giving their time so that our beneficiaries could enjoy such a wonderful experience that they will never forget.”

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