Stevenage blind boy meets racing star Lewis Hamilton before Silverstone win

Louie with Lewis Hamilton

Louie with Lewis Hamilton - Credit: Archant

A blind boy with a life-threatening condition was given the chance to meet Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton before he went on to win the British Grand Prix.

A blind boy with a life-threatening condition was given the chance to meet Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton before he went on to win the British Grand Prix.

Louie Titre and his nine-year-old twin brother Aiden – both from Stevenage – visited Silverstone last weekend and met home grown racing star Hamilton, as well as fellow drivers Nico Rosberg, Damon Hill, Jackie Stewart, Max Chilton and BBC presenter Jake Humphries.

Louie, of Priestley Road, was invited alongside a group of children currently receiving treatment at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, which he has been visiting since he was four months old.

The youngster – who goes to Peartree Spring Junior School, the same Stevenage school that Hamilton attended – has septo optic dysplasia, a rare condition which affects his sight and brain. As a result of his condition Louie is registered blind and could slip into a coma “at any time”.


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Earlier this year his family launched a campaign through the Comet for specialist equipment to help in his day-to-day life, raising more than £5,000 in one week.

About the visit, dad Ashley said: “We had a fantastic day at Silverstone. Louie and Aiden were so excited to experience what happens behind the scenes and meet some of their Formula 1 heroes. We as a family love Formula 1, and never miss a race on TV.”

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The trip was organised for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity as part of its ongoing relationship with F1. Over the past decade, the charity’s partnership with the F1 community has raised more than £4 million.

For more information or to donate visit www.gosh.org

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