A motorsport photographer has raised £7,000 for charity in the last 18 months, by donating the profits from the sale of his books, which feature much of the action from two historic motor racing series run by Motor Racing Legends.
Photographer John Retter is a stalwart supporter of Teenage Cancer Trust and, over the last two years, he has created a limited-edition series of books of his photography of the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy and the Stirling Moss Trophy, which have been snapped up by competitors in the two race series.
Supported by EFG Private Bank, the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for genuine pre-1956 sports-racing cars was established in 2006 and has now grown to become one of the most respected historic race series in the world. It features such cars as Jaguar D-types and C-types, Aston Martin DB2s and DB3s, Ferraris, Maseratis, Austin-Healeys, Frazer Nash, Lotus, Lister and a great many more – real racing cars from the 1950s, competing today in their correct period specification, and a superb subject for a photographer of John Retter’s standard.
Meanwhile, the Stirling Moss Trophy – set up in 2010 and sponsored by JD Classics – is for pre-1961 sports cars and sports-racers. This means that John Retter could select his subjects from such evocative models as the Aston Martin DBR1, Lister Knobbly, Maserati ‘Birdcage’, plus a huge variety of Ferraris, Lotuses, Lolas and Elvas.
Says John Retter, “I was recently invited to visit the Teenage Cancer Trust Hub at the new Cancer Centre at University College Hospital in London. It featured high-tech facilities and an impressive array of equipment for teenagers and young adults to use during their stay in hospital.
“Six young people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each day,” he added, “and Teenage Cancer Trust provides specialist cancer wards for teenagers and young adults with cancer. There’s never a good time to get cancer but, for teenagers, the timing can be particularly cruel. Young people can get some of the rarest and most aggressive forms of cancer and, because their bodies are growing quickly, so does the disease.”
Vicki Bowden, Teenage Cancer Trust regional fundraiser adds: “Young people are often treated on wards with very young people or older patients. This is why Teenage Cancer Trust exists; to ensure that young people are treated alongside others their own age, and have the medical and emotional support they deserve in an environment that caters to their needs.”
Teenage Cancer Trust relies solely on donations to fund its vital work and gestures of support, such as that given by John Retter and his fabulous books of photography, can help transform the lives of young people with cancer.