As part of his continuing role as proud ambassador to the Down’s Syndrome Association, Paul Bird and members of his Penrith-based PBM Be Wiser Ducati British Superbike Championship Team have this week visited a local centre to donate over 300 Easter Eggs which were collected in the 2018 PBM Easter campaign.
Following on from a successful opening round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship over Easter, where PBM rider Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne got his title defence underway in fine style with a podium finish on his Be Wiser Ducati, Paul, from Langwathby, along with Team Co-ordinator Johnny Mowatt and Race Technician Sam Neate visited MBE Annie Mawson’s Music Trust in Penrith for the Cumbria Down’s Syndrome Support Group (CDSSG) event.
There, they shared out a total of 308 eggs to around 50 local children, which had been kindly donated by both Paul and his team as well as sponsors, fellow race teams and riders, motorsport media and other friends and associates of Britain’s most successful motorcycle racing team on the run up to Easter.
The event was part of the CDSSG Easter Egg Hunt and as well as Paul’s Easter Egg presentation, there was a was music session afterwards which everyone enjoyed. The centre is purpose built and relies solely on fundraising donations. They also have a recording studio second only to the infamous Abbey Road Studios and are a non-profit organisation.
Paul Bird: “It was a truly wonderful day meeting everyone and great to see the smiles on happy faces when we handed the Easter Eggs out. It’s all been for a very worthwhile cause and I’m indebted to everyone who donated to the 2018 PBM Easter campaign. It’s been a very good week for us, highlighted by meeting everyone at the CDSSG, we look forward to working with them again throughout the year.”
The Down’s Syndrome Association are the only organisation in the country focusing solely on all aspects of living successfully with Down’s syndrome. Their aim is to create the conditions that all people living with Down’s syndrome need to live full and rewarding lives. Find out more at www.downs-syndrome.org.uk.
Copyright-free pictures attached courtesy of Hannah Wilson: Paul Bird and the PBM Team in attendance at the CDSSG Easter Egg Hunt
Meanwhile, Paul’s son Frank was in action at the Nürburgring in Germany recently for the latest test in preparation for this Formula Renault Eurocup season which gets underway next weekend in France.
Driving for the French-based Tech 1 team this season, the 19-year-old Cumbrian continued his great pre-season form in readiness for the opening round at the Paul Ricard circuit.
Frank Bird: “The test was quite good but on the first day the team struggled with finding a set up that suited us but worked really hard overnight to fix the issues. Day two and straight away the car was feeling much better, so all credit to the team for their hard work. The times were getting closer to the front guys and in the last session we put on new tyres and then it got red flagged which meant we didn’t really see the true potential in the end. I’m now looking forward to racing at Paul Ricard and thanks to the whole team, my dad and our sponsors.”
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Copyright-free pictures attached courtesy of Dutch Photo Agency (please accredit if used): Frank Bird in action at the Nürburgring