Published On: Tue, Jul 8th, 2014 on 11:17 am

Blind student lives his dream by driving race car

Hamza Azam Grange Technology College

Hamza Azam with his instructor

A dream has come true for a student from Bradford who got the chance to get behind the wheel of a race car.

16-year-old Hamza Azam from Grange Technology College drove in Sunderland with the aid of an instructor, who helped him learn the track and controls in a road-ready Vauxhall Corsa.

This was before he took the wheel of a classic rally spec Ford Escort Mk2 to take part in a race against others by reaching speeds over 80mph.

The event came about when Hamza’s mobility officer spotted the opportunity for him to take part and put his name down.

But it was part of a fundraising activity that required Hamza to raise a minimum of £150 for the Guide Dogs charity for the blind and partially sighted, in exchange for the chance to drive on the tracks.

With the help of generous family, staff and classmates, Hamza doubled the amount and raised over £350.

He said: “I was really happy to get this opportunity and to raise funds for this charity. I have always wanted to drive a fast car so this event was perfect for me.

“It was a great day out which I enjoyed a lot, and I hope to get involved in more fundraising activities in the future.”

Headteacher at Grange Technology College, Nick Bell, added: “Hamza is a very popular student with staff and amongst his peers and Guide Dogs is a great charity, so it came as no surprise that he smashed his fundraising target in a relatively short space of time.

“We’re really glad that he enjoyed his track day, it was thoroughly deserved.”

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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