British Touring Car Championship rookie Bobby Thompson has been confirmed as an ambassador for eight Air Ambulance charities during the 2018 season.

 The popular Hornchurch based 21-year-old, who drives the #19 Team HARD with Trade Price Cars VW CC in Britain’s premier domestic race series, will be promoting and helping to raise money for the Air Ambulance throughout the 2018 BTCC season.

 Earlier this year, Rio Soft Drink became an official sponsor for the reigning VW Cup Series Champions debut year in the ultra-competitive BTCC, which boasts complete live television coverage on ITV4 and Rio’s brand owners, Hall & Woodhouse agreed a two-year charity partnership with the eight local air ambulance charities.

 The eight charities that Thompson and Rio will be promoting and helping to raise funding for are Devon Air Ambulance, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance, Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance, London’s Air Ambulance, Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Prior to the start of the 2018 season, Bobby visited both London’s Air Ambulance and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance where he spent time with the crew and learnt more about their life-saving work.

“I’m really proud to be able to support the Air Ambulance charities in these eight regions” said Bobby. “They provide an incredible service to the public but also in the world of motor sport when they’re needed at the circuit and when on occasion, the inevitable serious incident happens. I’m really looking forward to the year ahead working with the team, helping raise awareness for the charities and helping to raise funds through the Hall and Woodhouse & Rio Soft Drink partnership.”

 Lucinda Gray, sixth-generation of the Woodhouse family and Hall & Woodhouse Charity Champion, commented; “Supporting worthy causes is an important part of our culture at Hall & Woodhouse.  These local air ambulance charities cover the counties where our managed houses are located and each of them work tirelessly to care for critically ill or injured patients within our community. We are extremely proud to be working with Bobby to support the work of these fantastic charities.”