The family of the late IndyCar champion Dan Wheldon are raising money for people with dementia by auctioning a signed racing helmet.

The helmet has been signed by a host of star names including Jenson Button, David Coulthard and Martin Brundle.

To coincide with the Silverstone Grand Prix this weekend, the family decided to auction the helmet, which was signed by a whole host of professional racing drivers during a memorial kart race held in Dan’s honour last year.

Dan Wheldon passed away in October 2011, during an incident in the IndyCar World Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He was 33 years old.

In celebration of his life, the family and friends of Dan Wheldon, the double Indy 500 winner and IndyCar champion have donated an Arai racing helmet signed by Dan’s racing friends to help raise money for the Wheldon family’s chosen charity, Alzheimer's Society.

The auction for the signed helmet will close on Saturday 14 July, with all proceeds being donated to the charity. Potential bidders should visit the Ebay auction page.

Dan’s brother, Ash Wheldon said: “We miss Dan each day, but are so pleased and proud to be able to raise as much as we can for the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity so close to Dan’s heart and us as a family, in Dan’s memory. We thank everyone so much for their support.”

Angus Nelson, Acting Director of Fundraising added: “We’re truly grateful to the Wheldon family for their kind donation and continued support of Alzheimer’s Society. There are 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK, and this will increase to over a million in the next ten years. The money raised through the auction will support people to live well with dementia today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow.”

Source: Alzheimers.org.uk

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