The Zoom F1 Charity Gala and Auction has once again helped to raise some considerable amounts of money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSHCC) after it was held on 5 February.
Many popular faces from the F1 paddock attended the fourth event of its kind at the InterContinental London Park Hotel, such as Red Bull’s Christian Horner and wife Geri and Renault’s Jolyon Palmer and Carmen Jorda, alongside motorsport fans such as television presenter Nick Knowles.
A series of signed photos were available to bid on at the event. The largest bid of the evening came from Lewis Hamilton’s photo of dog Roscoe in front of the Colosseum in Rome, entitled ‘Roscoe does Rome’, raising £3,000.
Other notable bids came from photographs from former BBC presenter Suzi Perry, whose photo went for £1,100, while a photo from Bernie Ecclestone and Sky Sports’ Ted Kravitz’s many notebooks raised £1,000 each.
Remaining lots have been put into an online auction which enables any fans to bid for remaining photographs, with an opening bid of £50. You can select from the likes of Claire Williams’ view of the podium at Monza when Felipe Massa finished third, Daniil Kvyat’s garage photo when he finished second at Hungary, and Martin Brundle’s view from the commentary box at Silverstone.
Suzi Perry, who hosted the evening, stated that: “It’s been a pleasure to host the Zoom auction for the third time. As well as the photos giving a candid insight into the drivers’ lives off the track, it also helps GOSHCC, one of the UK’s most important hospitals.
“I always look forward to seeing what photo Bernie submits. This year it was a skeleton sitting at a desk which I felt was more like Terminator! Make of that what you will.”
Christian Sylt, the co-founder of Zoom, also commented on the evening, stating: “I would like to thank everyone who made this possible: the teams and drivers, our partners, the winning bidders and, of course, Bernie Ecclestone.
“We are proud to have been able to help GOSHCC with their work and are looking forward to raising even more money through our online auction.”
Lots end in around nine days to add to the money already raised in the auction. The initiative can also be supported by buying the book of the photos donated, which will go live at a later date.
The 2015 book is still currently available to purchase at http://zoom-auction.com/book.html.