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Monday 22 July 2024

Brighton Boy Who Fought Life-Threatening Brain Tumour Met A Host Of Racing Drivers @ Recent Grand Prix

Ravi Adelekan, a nine-year-old boy from Brighton, was one of twelve children and their families who had their wish granted to visit the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone over the weekend. This was thanks to a £30,000 donation from the Poundland Foundation to Make-A-Wish UK.
Ravi Adelekan & Poundland Foundation

Ravi was diagnosed with a brain tumour at age six, after a sudden onset of facial palsy caused his face to become lopsided. 

After undergoing a life-saving operation at London's King's College Hospital he returned home, and within a week he had gone from bed-bound to being able to move around in his wheelchair before learning how to walk and feed himself again.

Since his recovery, Ravi has appeared on Britain's Got Talent, where he made it to the semi-finals thanks to Alesha Dixon's golden buzzer, and he won a Pride of Britain award in 2023. 

Ravi has long been a lover of sports, especially Formula 1 as he cheers on his favourite driver Lewis Hamilton

He loved visiting Silverstone and watching the race, as well as learning about what goes on behind the scenes.

He was joined by eleven other children for the weekend — all of whom are avid Formula 1 fans. 

They all received their very own wish packs containing personalised F1 water bottles, mugs and a signed F1 poster. 
Ravi cites Lewis Hamilton as one of his heroes and took so much inspiration from the seven-time World Champion when recovering from surgery on his brain tumour. 

Having read multiple books about Hamilton's drive, determination and never-give-up attitude, Ravi threw himself into his recovery, and then turned his mind to trying to help other children with brain tumours like his. 

To date Ravi has raised over 130k for brain tumour charities and continues to try and raise awareness of brain tumours. 

The nine-year-old from Brighton said: 

"The weekend was already amazing but to see Lewis win at Silverstone was the most amazing experience. This has been one of the best weekends of my life."

Find out more about the Poundland Foundation here

by: Mike Cobley


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