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From football pitch to Porsche 924 – rail worker revs up fundraising efforts

Railway football hero Gavin Johnson has swapped his boots for racing colours as he pushes ahead with motor racing plans in a Porsche 924.

Motor racing offers him a powerful opportunity to raise money for children’s charity Zoe’s Place.

Gavin, 36, who works as a project manager for Siemens on the Liverpool Lime Street resignalling programme, has represented RailSport GB as a striker on several European football tours and has been on the railway for 17 years.

Gavin said, ‘This year I have secured sponsorship to race in the BRSCC Toyo Tires Porsche Championship in a Porsche 924, and as I speak I sit second in the championship behind my PDC Racing teammate going into the final round at Brands Hatch. In my last outing at Rockingham, I secured my first pole position, fastest lap, lap record and race win.’

Gavin receives some sponsorship from Orion Rail Group but needs more.

‘For Gavin Revs up for Zoe’s Place every point I earn – since the Anglesey round-island race – I am personally donating £1 to the Lime Street project charity Zoe’s Place. This is an independent registered charity providing palliative, respite and end-of-life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five years.

‘As a team, we also visit local primary schools to talk to children about the importance of teamwork, friendship, wellbeing and aspiration.’

To donate to Gavin’s fundraising campaign, click here. 

Photo credit: Jon Elsey.


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