Popping out for a drive is certainly something I take for granted, but this is not the case for many people. Our partnership and growing friendship with the wonderful team at Speed of Sight, came as a result of a Simple Life resident nominating this charity to receive a surprise donation from us at Christmas in December 2021. Speed of Sight offers driving experiences that change lives at events which empower differently-abled people of all ages.
Following a visit to a track day in August 2021, and seeing first-hand the enormous benefits and positive impacts this event had on participants and their families, the volunteers and charity team, supporting this charity further was a natural next step.
This summer we committed to joining the team as a corporate sponsor, sponsoring track days at Three Sisters Circuit, Wigan, England, and Driftland Circuit, Lochgelly, Scotland in June; with a track day planned for October at Anglesey Circuit, Wales. As a result of our partnership more than 60 people will enjoy the thrill and challenge of a track day. Supporting a broad range of activities is a key ESG target for The PRS REIT and Sigma Capital Group.
Trisha Easton from Capability Scotland, emailed to say, “Just wanted to let you know that we all had a fabulous time today, the customers had a ball and we all enjoyed cheering them on. The organisers were amazing, they were so friendly, cheery and helpful, it was fantastic.”
One returning driver, when asked how he felt, said it all, “I have not been in a car in 11 years, This has been life-changing.”
Robert, another participant, commented, “It was mind-blowing and to a certain extent, one of the best days of my life. I never thought there would have been a possibility. Not with me being in a wheelchair, but with a combination of things, I didn’t think I’d be able to do it.”
The smiles said it all for everyone present! To try to measure the true and long-term impacts, are almost irrelevant. Quite simply providing and supporting such opportunities and experiences, is just the right thing to do – as a business and as a human.
Written by Niamh Waldron, Sigma ESG Director