Racing starlet proving you can beat anxiety
Up-and-coming Harborough racing driver Cameron Twynham has been named as an official ambassador for Anxiety UK.
The partnership will see him and his sponsors MRE Motorsport help to raise awareness of anxiety in young people and promote the charity’s work.
Despite a successful fledgling career in a risky, adrenaline-fuelled sport, the 17-year-old was diagnosed as an anxiety sufferer in September 2010.
He has since undergone treatment to learn how to manage and live with the day-to-day challenges of his condition.
As a result Cameron and his family became far more aware of just how many children and young people suffer from anxiety issues, and wanted to help others facing the same dilemma.
Cameron’s ambassadorship will see him carry Anxiety UK logos on his Team West-Tec Formula 3 car throughout the season, as well as working closely with the charity to help promote its work and raise awareness of an often misunderstood condition.
Plans are also being drawn up for Cameron to visit schools to speak of his experiences, develop tips for teachers and parents and help raise funds for Anxiety UK.
Cameron said: “I’m delighted that I’m able to do something to help others realise what they are facing but also reassure them that you can manage your anxiety and still achieve your goals in life.
“Working with Anxiety UK is a great way of helping spread that message.
“I’m sure there can’t be many environments that feature a more anxiety-inducing build-up than motor racing.
“But for sufferers, even the simplest day-to-day activities can be difficult. Anxiety UK makes a significant difference to so many lives and I couldn’t be happier to be doing my bit to support that.”
Cameron’s dad Julian added: “Like many parents my wife and I didn’t really understand what Cameron was dealing with at first.
“Now we have a far greater awareness of anxiety and understand that it is more widespread than we realised, we’ve spoken to many others who say that’s how they feel when we describe Cameron’s symptoms.
“That’s why we wanted to work with Anxiety UK.
“This is our way of giving something back to those who may be looking for somewhere to turn to.”
Nicky Lidbetter, the chief executive of Anxiety UK, said: “Naturally, we are delighted to be able to work with Cameron and Julian to develop this unique opportunity to raise awareness of anxiety disorders and promote our work to a wider audience.
“Anxiety in young people is far greater than we imagine and despite some clear symptoms many parents are often unaware of what their children are going through.
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