A Hartlepool-based cancer charity has gained another high profile supporter in the shape of Formula 1 ace Lewis Hamilton.
The world champion racing driver signed Miles for Men T-shirts that are sure to raise a small fortune for the charity’s work.
Lewis, 30, took time out to support the charity when he met five-year-old Mason Campion, who is battling cancer and who Miles for Men has supported over the last two years.
Mason captured Lewis’s heart during the meeting at Formula 1’s Silverstone headquarters.
The racing champion later posted pictures on his social media accounts saying it had been life changing and called Mason “my hero”.
Mason’s dad Andrew Campion, of Bishop Auckland, who ran in this year’s Miles for Men event, in Hartlepool was invited to take Mason to Silverstone after contacting them about Mason who has a brain tumour and has spent most of his life in hospital.
He also took along the Miles for Men T-shirts for Lewis to sign as a thank you to the charity for its support of Mason, by raising money to help send him to Disneyland for Christmas.
Kevin Hills, of Miles for Men, said: “Lewis is a high profile figure so it’s nice to have him on board and hats off to him for supporting us.
“He also got a Miles for Men medal and wristband and wished the charity the best for the future.”
Mason has been battling cancer since he was one year old, and he is no longer responding to treatment.
It was a nice surprise for a brave little ladKevin Hills, Miles for Men
Kevin added: “It was a nice surprise for a brave little lad. Mason has had the all clear to travel. We are all keeping our fingers crossed for him and keep praying.”
After the meeting Lewis wrote on Instagram: “Today, I was visited by one of the most beautiful angels I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.
“I cannot begin to express my feelings except to say he is the highlight of my year. This little boy is my hero.”
Miles for Men is organising a charity night at Cockton Hill Club, in Bishop Auckland, on Friday to raise the final bit of money for Mason’s trip.