Cerys, 6, takes pole position as VIP race guest

Cerys Durkin from Potton, a VIP guest at the British Grand Prix
Cerys Durkin from Potton, a VIP guest at the British Grand Prix
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A six-year-old girl from Potton has been treated as a VIP guest at this year’s British Grand Prix.

Great Ormond Street Hospital patient Cerys Durkin was in pole position as Bernie Ecclestone’s guest at the 2015 Formula 1 race at Silverstone, which was watched by millions at the Northamptonshire track and on TV.

Cerys Durkin from Potton at the British Grand Prix

Cerys Durkin from Potton at the British Grand Prix

Cerys joined a small group of other Great Ormond Street patients who are fanatical about F1 racing for a once in a lifetime experience at one of the racing calendar’s most exciting events, this year held on Sunday, July 5.

Cerys, a pupil at Potton Lower School, has been treated at the hospital since she was three days old with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.

During the day at Silverstone, Cerys watched the practice sessions and enjoyed an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the F1 paddock.

The amazing trip was organised for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity as part of its ongoing relationship with F1.

Cerys’ mum Sarah said: “The team at Great Ormond Street has been magnificent. Without surgery Cerys wouldn’t have survived more than a few days.

“Cerys enjoys her life with great zest and is always fun to be around. She loves watching the F1 with her uncle who helps builds the Red Bull Racing cars.”

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity needs to raise £90 million a year to help rebuild and refurbish the hospital, provide vital up-to-date equipment and fund research into better treatments for the children. You can help to provide world class care for patients and families - for more information or to donate please visit www.gosh.org