Racing legend Damon Hill speeds into Lympstone Manor

The Williams F1 team dropped in to see us at Lympstone Manor at the end of June on their way to The Goodwood Festival of Speed with a fleet of cars and racing legend, Damon Hill.

As a long-time partner of Williams Racing, Michael Caines welcomed the team to a signature event which marked the 40-year anniversary of the Formula One Williams Racing Team. The evening event was hosted by Damon Hill with a champagne reception and five-course dinner created by Michael along with a charity auction of Formula One memorabilia. The auction raised an incredible £15,000 for Down Syndrome International and the Down’s Syndrome Association, of which Damon is patron.

Lympstone Manor was also opened up during the day, before the press event, to give the public the opportunity to experience three Williams Heritage Formula One cars, only usually seen on the track, in the stunning setting of the Exe estuary.

With this year’s event such a success, Michael is hoping to bring it back next year, even bigger.

Andrew Boys, Executive Director at Down Syndrome International (DSi) said “We were honoured to be invited to participate in Michael’s recent event with Williams F1 at Lympstone Manor. Our patrons Damon and Georgie Hill and our ambassadors Alex and Sophie were treated to a fabulous 5 course meal and were delighted to view the vintage Williams cars on display and meet some great people. DSi and our sister charity Down’s Syndrome Association were thrilled with the amount raised from the auction and donations. We would like to express our gratitude to Michael for making this happen and to all those who contributed. The large sum raised, split between the charities, will make a really positive impact on the work we do. DSi will use this money to continue to support projects in Colombia and Nepal where people with Down syndrome are particularly marginalised and discriminated against throughout their lives, with limited access to proper healthcare, education, employment and society participation. For more information about our projects please visit our website


Carol Boys, Chief Executive at Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) said “I would like to thank Michael and Lympstone Manor for their hospitality. Our staff, patrons and ambassadors all thoroughly enjoyed their day and we are extremely grateful to have been included in the 40 years of Williams racing celebrations. The money raised at Lympstone Manor’s wonderful event will help us continue to provide parents and carers with information and guidance; to support adults with Down’s syndrome into meaningful work; to create opportunities for children and adults with Down’s syndrome to take part in sporting activities that boost confidence and social skills as well as fitness; and to continue to support people with Down’s syndrome  to live full and rewarding lives. We look forward to welcoming Michael and the lovely Lympstone Manor team to the Damon Hill Golf Classic and Dinner on 28 September at East Devon Golf Club.”