by Ryan Wood  |    |   0  |  26 May 2012

Ecclestone surprises terminally-ill children

Bernie Ecclestone has teamed up with the Starlight Children's Foundation to grant four terminally-ill children a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The 81-year-old flew the four children, Charlie, 17, Jack, 11, Ciaran, nine and Finn, five, out to Monaco on his 14-seater private jet for the race weekend.

The trip had been kept a secret from the children and was only revealed when they arrived at Farnborough airport.

With access-all-area passes for the event, the children have met several drivers and team bosses over the past three days and will watch the race from an exclusive area in the Monaco harbour.

Charlie, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2011 but is recovering after undergoing treatment and surgery, described the trip as a "dream come true."

It's not the first kind gesture by Ecclestone. In 2011 he donated 3,000 tickets to victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

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