A cold and cloudy April morning in the heart of Wiltshire at Tedworth House Recovery Centre set the stage for the launch of a very exciting new partnership. E.Marine Powerboat Racing have selected Help for Heroes as their Charity of the Year pledging to raise £25,000 for H4H, a charity very close to brothers Lee and Glyn Norvall’s hearts as their grandfather was in the York and Lancashire Regiment that served in Burma for three and a half years during the second World War.
Lee, who is the navigator for the team recalled how his grandfather was after coming home from active duty said: “there was no support for him or our family and very little was known about the effects of war. Seeing the great support Help for Heroes provides the military community across the board inspired us to do our bit!” Glyn then went on to say: “we are just 2 guys, we have full time jobs but we grew up around powerboats and wanted to do something a bit different. Hopefully people will see us doing this and want to do their bit too.”
The 28ft Panther P1 arrived at 10am under a thick black cover causing excitement and intrigue to ripple across the grounds of the Wiltshire based recovery centre. The cover was pulled back just as the sun came out to reveal the Help for Heroes logo proudly emblazoned across the hull. As the only boat in the entire field supporting a charity, E.Marine are certainly creating waves amongst the P1 Racing community with the COO of P1 Powerboat racing, Robert Wicks stating: “in E.Marine, Help for Heroes have found two enormously committed individuals who I have no doubt will compete fiercely all season and generate much needed funds for H4H!”
Band of Brother Michael Bray will join Lee and Glyn in Gosport in July to enjoy a thrill ride in the Powerboat after entering and winning a ‘name the boat’ competition. Amid the excitement of sitting in the driving seat Michael said that he came up with name “Inspiration” as he believes it fully captures what Help for Heroes is to the injured servicemen and women, commenting “As a serving member of the armed forces I have seen the fantastic job they (Help for Heroes) do for the service personnel!”
Inspiration will be at 6 locations across the United Kingdom starting in Scarborough 2 weeks from today where it will be joined by 12 other racing teams in a bid for a podium finish which comes with prize money that Lee and Glyn have pledged to share 50% of with H4H! Robert Wicks said: “This is one of the most significant charity partnerships in the sport and the whole of the P1 are delighted to be involved with Help for Heroes.”
If you want to go along and support the brothers, they will be in Bournemouth on Sunday the 1st May holding a cake sale in aid of Bake for Heroes at the Noisy Lobster right on the beach. Or if you would like to watch the boys in action all the events are free entry and family friendly across the UK, then you can find the P1 Racing calendar here.
Good luck guys!