A charity auction that featured Alex Albon’s Singapore Grand Prix helmet has raised over £84,000 for a Thai orphanage.
Albon, who races in Formula 1 under a Thai licence, first visited the Wat Sakraeo orphanage in Thailand earlier this year, and sported red hair for several rounds after it was dyed by the children.
Albon ran a colourful helmet at the Singapore Grand Prix, which incorporated the illustrations of the children, and it was auctioned for charity.
It raised £84,075 and all of the proceeds will be donated to the orphanage, which will be used to build a sports hall and other facilities for the 2,000 children who live there.
“When I visited the orphanage in Thailand earlier this year I was determined to help in any way I could,” said Albon.
“With 2022 being my first year back racing in Formula 1, I wanted to use my platform to do good and give back to the Thai community.
“I was amazed to see the quality and creativity from the children when they started designing my Singapore helmet, and the results were super impressive.
“I wasn’t going to let my health scare in Monza stop me from racing that helmet in Singapore and I’m totally overwhelmed by how much money we have raised to help improve the facilities at the orphanage.
“I want to say a huge thank you to my fans that have donated and especially the very generous bidder that won my helmet.”