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Formula One-mad youngster meets her racing heroes

Published: 22 Jul 2014 15:300 comments

A FORMULA ONE-mad youngster from Bracknell had a day to remember thanks to a partnership between the sport and a children’s hospital.

Tiahna Curd, six, at Silverstone with former world champion Damon Hill.

Tiahna Curd, six, at Silverstone with former world champion Damon Hill.

Great Ormond Street Hospital patient Tiahna Curd, six, was Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone’s VIP guest at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The youngster and her family had the run of the paddock on qualifying day on Saturday, July 5.

During her memorable day at the legendary circuit, Tiahna watched the qualifying session for the Grand Prix and enjoyed an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour where she met Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, former World Champion Damon Hill and BBC pit lane reporter Lee Mckenzie.

Tiahna’s dad James, said: “We had a fantastic day at Silverstone. Tiahna was so excited to see what happens behind the scenes and meet some of her Formula One heroes! Tiahna loves the noises the cars make.”

Tiahna has been treated at Great Ormond Street since she was born as she has HI (congenital hyperinsulism) – a congenital disorder where hypoglycemia (low blood sugar or glucose levels) is caused by excessive insulin secretion in the body. When your glucose level is too low, your body doesn’t have enough energy to carry out its activities.

Over the past decade, the Formula One community has raised more than £4m for Great Ormond Street.

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