The testimonials in this section bring to life the work Mission Motorsport does with its cohort of beneficiaries. Everyone of the serving or former soldiers, sailors and airmen that engages with us goes on a journey that we hope changes lives, not only of the individual themselves but also their families.
Layla Leach - partner of mm beneficiary Lionel O’Connor
“I have my husband back and the kids have their father”
Mission Motorsport have been a lifeline, Lionel wouldn’t leave the house, he wouldn’t interact with the family. He had no goals or anything to look forward to, frustrated and angry, he often felt useless and he would just sit playing games and getting worse and worse. Since joining Mission Motorsport this has all changed. They have shown him he is still able to do things he thought he never would and has learnt so many new skills.
Running the car control team has given him something to look forward to every month and given him a purpose rather than feeling useless. He is completely different now, I have my husband back and the kids have their father back. Mission Motorsport is like a massive family and it’s not only just about the guys and girls, they are also here for the families behind the beneficiaries.
The support network is massive, they help and give advice as much as they can or just be there to listen, what they do is priceless. They truly care and what they do makes a huge difference, we can’t thank them enough.
cliff hall - mm beneficiary
“Mission Motorsport has changed my life”
“18 months ago I attended a track day hosted by Mission Motorsport (I nearly didn’t) so glad I did as since then I have attended many events as a volunteer and beneficiary. Last November I attended the Race of Remembrance as pit crew, WOW, I wasn’t expecting the impact it would have on me! I feel now that they have given me opportunities to do things I wouldn’t normally be able to do. I have a newfound confidence now to help others in the same situation as me therefore having a profound effect on me and my own recovery”
allen sturt - mm beneficiary
“Without the support of Mission Motorsport I might not have transitioned as smoothly as I did”
Allen joined the REME in December 2001, embarking on a journey that would see him serve for over 16 years. Allen was deployed to Iraq on OP TELIC 4 and 6 before his next posting saw him moving to Germany to join the 1BN REME. Sadly due to injuries sustained through service Allen’s career in the Armed Forces came to end prematurely.
Preparing for discharge was a daunting process and condensing 16yrs of service on to 2 pages of A4 for a CV was not an easy task. This is where the support from Mission Motorsport came in. Having applied for 100’s of jobs without success Allen was at a loss as to which direction to follow, through Mission Motorsport he was able to access opportunities he didn’t even know existed.
“With the help of Emma Morton and the Mission Motorsport team, I found a role within Jaguar Land Rover as a Regional Technical Manager. Without their support and network connections within the automotive industry I might not have transitioned as smoothly as I did”
alex westrope - mm beneficiary
“Mission Motorsport gave me a new direction to work towards”
Alex left the military upon completion of 21yrs service with the Corps of Royal Engineers. During this time he gained extensive technical and operational experience. He has managed, mentored and advised both British military and other nationalities personnel on operations in Germany, Macedonia, Kosovo, Canada, Oman, Jordan, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sadly in 2009 he was the victim of an unprovoked attack three days after surviving and arduous EOD tour of Iraq. He sustained a fractured skull, bleed on the front left lobe of his brain and complete severed ulnar nerve in his upper left arm.
Despite being keen to return to service, Alex struggled and was unfortunately injured again whilst training and was then subsequently diagnosed with PTSD meaning he was unable to continue in service.
Of his time with Mission Motorsport Alex said: “In January 2017 Mission Motorsport offered me an opportunity to retrain as a Vehicle Mechanic and I jumped at the offer. This straight away gave me a new direction to work towards as my career was just about to be over by medical discharge”
kevin reilly - mm beneficiary
“Mission Motorsport has played a key role in the management of my condition”
“I write in order to thank Mission Motorsport for the excellent opportunity to attend and take photos at the Race of Remembrance this past weekend. I was particularly pleased with the personal support I received from Mark, Sarah, Simon, Adam and the two photographers, Chris and James.
Mission Motorsport has played a key role in the management of my condition. I am never complacent with the help I get from people like yourselves, for which I am truly grateful. The weekend proved to be an exciting and challenging experience. I was amazed at the extent of the organisation and the effort you guys must have put into planning it. From my perspective it appeared to go well despite the weather throwing everything at it.
I cherish my relationship with Mission Motorsport and hope that further opportunities may be forthcoming. I enjoy both the physical participation of driving and the vocational aspect of learning event photography. Once again, very many thanks to all concerned and congratulations on an amazing event”