World land speed man backs Hailsham blood donation call

Jonathan Dow (right) , MD of Club Class Chauffeurs and Don Wales pictured at the RAC, London with the latest BlueBird super car.
Jonathan Dow (right) , MD of Club Class Chauffeurs and Don Wales pictured at the RAC, London with the latest BlueBird super car.

THE CURRENT HOLDER of the world land speed record has called on residents to support a Hailsham chaffeur firm’s campaign to get more people donating blood.

Blood supplies are urgently needed to save the lives of patients in East Sussex. Club Class Chauffeurs contacted Don Wales, the grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell MBE and nephew of Donald Campbell CBE who broke more than 20 driving world records between them.

Don Wales praised the efforts of the Hailsham firm, based in Swan Farm Business Centre, to encourage more people to give blood.

Mr Wales, a long standing blood donor himself, said: “I am delighted to be supporting Club Class Chauffeurs’ Drive for Life campaign, having a high risk career myself this really is a most worthwhile and important campaign.”

The ‘Drive for Life’ campaign aims to contribute much needed blood donations on an annual basis. A team from Club Class donated blood themselves on Monday, July 18. Jonathan Dow, managing director, Club Class Chauffeurs, said: “We are delighted to have the support of Don, who has such a high profile in the extreme speed motor world and is also a dedicated blood donor. “As professional chauffeurs, clocking up hundreds of hours and miles on the nation’s roads, we are very aware of just how vulnerable the human body is in a car accident situation. We feel that signing up to this corporate commitment to donate blood regularly is part of our social responsibility.”

Don Wales holds a World Land Speed Record, two American National Records and eight UK records. In 2013 he wants to be the first to exceed 350mph – in an electric car. Some 96 per cent of the population rely on the other four per cent to give blood.