An iconic Aston Martin with a difference wowed spectators at the recent Donnington GT Cup Championship as the supercar hurtled around the famous circuit decked out in Bluebell Wood’s trademark purple.

The Aston Martin Vantage GT4 had a very special makeover in support of the charity, dazzling the limited number of fans who were lucky enough to attend  the September 12th event.

As part of the day, several families supported by Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice were invited to see the car in action alongside a plethora of exotic race cars from Ferrari, Mclaren and many more. A number of safety measures were put in place to make sure the families from Bluebell Wood and other event-goers were kept as safe as possible.

Driver Matt Topham, who owns the Bluebell Wood Aston Martin, said: “It was an absolute privilege to race in our fantastic new Bluebell Wood livery to show our support for such an incredible charity.

“It was also a pleasure to meet some of the inspirational families supported by Bluebell Wood and we’re delighted we could offer them a fun day out in these uncertain times.”

As well as the car’s Bluebell Wood livery, the drivers also wore branded race suits and helmets in support of the charity.

The partnership between the racing team and children’s hospice came via mutual friend Adam Thorby of Supercar Driver, who is a long-standing supporter of the charity.

Alongside MSL Motorsport Consultancy, Newbridge Motorsport and driver Alex Toth-Jones, the team worked hard to get everything in place for the new charity partnership.

Brendan Beeken, of MSL Motorsports Consultancy, said: “We were very keen to work closely with a charity and after hearing in more detail about Bluebell Wood’s life-changing work, it seemed like the perfect fit.

“I know Matt and Alex were incredibly proud to drive in Bluebell Wood’s colours and we’re delighted to hear everyone had such a great time.

“We’re very much looking forward to working closely with Bluebell Wood over the months and years ahead.”

One spectator who was particularly impressed by the Aston Martin was eight-year-old Jacob White, who visits Bluebell Wood for respite care.

The cheeky car-lover has gone through more in his short life than most of us do in a lifetime, including heart problems, chronic lung disease and suffering a massive bleed on his brain at birth.

But despite all the challenges he faces, the courageous youngster defies doctors’ expectations every step of the way and always has a smile on his face.

Mum Kerry White, from Maltby, said: “After shielding for over five months to keep Jacob safe, it was our first proper day out as a family in a long time.

“And we absolutely loved it – it was such a good day. Jacob and his older brother Leo both love cars so it was the perfect outing for them.

“Everyone was so welcoming and friendly and the whole event was incredibly well-handled from a Covid perspective so it really was a wonderful experience.”

Rachael Dawes, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “It was a truly special day and we can’t thank everyone involved enough for pulling it all together.

“The Aston Martin is nothing short of stunning and we’re incredibly proud to have our branding and colours on display in such a dazzling fashion.

“As well as showing off Bluebell Wood for the world to see, the team also gave some of the families in our care a day they’ll never forget after what’s been an incredibly challenging few months for so many of them.

“A huge thank you to Matt Topham, Alex Toth-Jones, MSL Motorsport Consultancy and Adam Thoreby from Supercar Driver for making it happen.”