Hollie’s fund-raising heroics

Thursday 19 October 2023

Hats off to the incredible efforts of nine-year-old Hollie Harris-Brownsell.

With the enthusiastic support of the British Truck Racing Championship (BTRC), young Hollie has been raising money and awareness of Motor Neurone Disease and funds for the My Name’5 Doddie foundation, the charity set up by Scottish rugby international Doddie Weir OBE, before his untimely death, to help fellow MND sufferers and seek ways to further research into this, as yet, incurable disease.

After an enlightening conversation with her favourite BTRC driver Jock Borthwick, amazing Hollie has been cycling two laps of every truck racing track throughout the seven-round season which started at Brands Hatch back in April.

Last weekend, Hollie inspired more than 30 BTRC competitors, team members, officials and supporters to wear some Doddie’5 distinctive yellow and blue tartan and join her pedalling twice around Pembrey. On a warm and sunny Saturday evening, many more voiced their support from the trackside.

Having missed a few rounds following a serious motorbike accident while visiting the Isle of Man, Jock was back in the saddle, too, helping to raise £368.26 on the evening, bringing Hollie’s total so far to £2,287.26.

Understandably Hollie was delighted by the support. “Absolutely phenomenally amazing, knowing everyone was behind me on my challenge,” she effused.

“It was fantastic to see all teams coming together to raise funds for a great cause,” confirmed Jock who, like Weir, hails from Melrose in Scotland. “This means a lot to me personally and I’m sure Doddie would have been chuffed to this happening. Thanks to all who took part.”

Throughout 2023, the BTRC has been fully supportive of Hollie’s activities not only supporting what is a very worthy cause but also finding her funding raising activities have helped to create a real community spirit among the teams, bringing everyone together for some shared enjoyment away from the racing.

Hollie will next be in action at Brands Hatch for the BTRC fireworks finale on Sunday 5 November. In the meantime, donations can also be made via her GoFundMe page by clicking here.