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Lea Wood to back Action Duchenne Charity at Oulton Park
10:30am Thursday 7th June 2012 in Sport
HEREFORD-based Lea Wood will have another logo on his car when he resumes his pursuit of success in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship this weekend at Oulton Park.
Wood will have the logo of the Action Duchenne charity after being touched by the story of a city youngster who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
This a life-limiting muscle-wasting condition, which results in sufferers being wheelchair bound by the age of 12 and with a reduced life expectancy due to heart and respiratory problems.
Wood learned about the condition from fireman Colin Gibbons whose six-year-old son was recently diagnosed with the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
“Colin and I became friends when we relocated our business next to the fire station where he is based,” said 27-year-old Wood, who drives for the Binz team.
“Colin told me of his interest in motor sport and about Christopher so we decided to try to make people more aware of a condition not widely known.
“We came up with the idea of logo on all four corners of the car and having volunteers at Oulton Park who will generate awareness.”
Owen Callaghan, the regional development manager for Action Duchenne, said: “The support of people like Lea who find exciting ways to raise the profile of Duchenne and vital funds allows Action Duchenne to continue to fund cutting edge research into a cure for Duchenne.”
After three rounds of the Wood and his Vauxhall Vectra are in 13th place in the drivers’ table.