A staggering £35,000 raised for Mesothelioma!

On Tuesday 23rd October 2018, Lympstone Manor held a very special charity gala dinner and raised £35,000 for Mesothelioma UK. The evening was hosted by former Formula One driver Felipe Massa and Williams Martini Racing’s Head of Performance Engineering, Rob Smedley. Rob and Felipe personally greeted each of our guests before indulging in a five-course menu from Michelin starred Michael Caines with paired wines.

To kick start the evening, Rob and Felipe were quizzed by Michael on their time in Formula One, how their paths crossed and now their well known close bond, Working closely together from 2006 to 2017, first at Scuderia Ferrari where Rob was Felipe’s Race Engineer, and later at Williams Martini Racing, they have experienced career highs and lows together. Becoming great friends as well as colleagues, Rob and Felipe have helped each other through personal loss including Rob’s father dying of mesothelioma last year. Affecting 2,700 people in the UK each year, mesothelioma is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos and is little researched compared to other cancers.

To help create awareness of mesothelioma, which has no known cure, the 11-time Grand Prix winner and leading engineer joined forces to host the fantastic charity event at Lympstone Manor for Mesothelioma UK. Felipe’s FW37 Formula One car which he drove for Williams Martini Racing in the 2015 season, achieving two podium positions held prime position for the red carpet entrance at the foreground of a spectacular sunset!