Darren Turner Head Shot

Starting at the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours, a new logo will appear on Aston Martin Racing driver, Darren Turner. The British racer has become a patron of the Born Free Foundation, teaming up with the charity to raise awareness and vital funds.

The Born Free Foundation is a charity close to Darren’s heart, as he explains.

“Over the last few years I have taken part in various events for different charities but for a while I have wanted to pick a single charity and do as much as I can to help. Choosing Born Free was very easy for me as they are campaigning for some of the most incredible creatures on the planet. Each and every one of their campaigns means a lot to me and, added to the fact they are a super team of people, I’m really excited to be getting involved.”

In addition to helping to raise awareness of the work of Born Free, Darren will take on a series of challenges to raise money for the charity, starting with the British 10K London Run, which takes place on Sunday 13 July.  You can get behind Darren HERE.

The Born Free Foundation was set up in 1984 by the stars of the famous Born Free film, Bill Travers MBE and Virginia McKenna OBE, along with their son Will Travers OBE, the charity’s President. Through a series of campaigns, Born Free takes action worldwide to save lives, stop suffering and protect species in the wild.  The charity also rescues vulnerable animals from appalling lives of misery in tiny cages and gives them lifetime care in spacious bush sanctuaries.

Will Travers OBE, President of the Born Free Foundation, said: “Darren relies on four things to be a winner: speed, endurance, reliability and safety.  Born Free relies on the same qualities.  Speed – individual wild animals in trouble need our help fast.  Endurance – we are in our 30th year and are here for the long-haul.  Reliability – the public can count on us to do our very best, whatever the challenges.  Safety – our mission is to provide a safe and secure future for wildlife. That’s why Born Free is so thrilled to be partnering with Darren, and why, working together, we will win for the animals.”

Virginia McKenna OBE said: “How very fortunate we are that Darren feels so strongly about the ever-increasing plight of wild animals and their ever-diminishing wild homes, and that he has chosen to support Born Free’s work in this field.  His involvement will introduce these issues to a new audience, and I feel sure his commitment and passion will inspire others.  It is wonderful to have his name linked to ours.”
The Born Free logo will appear on Darren’s HANS device, a vital piece of safety equipment for all racing drivers.

“With all of today’s safety features us racing drivers are very much a protected species!” said Darren.  “I hope that I can help others see the great work being done by Born Free to protect some of the most amazing species in the animal kingdom.”