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Formula One racing revs up for GOSH fundraiser 17 Jun 2009

Singer Jamelia at the 2008 Formula One Party, sponsored by Santander in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, Bloomsbury Ballroom, London, 2 July 2008 © GOSH Jenson Button with Great Ormond Street Hospital patients at the 2008 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix, Silverstone, 7 July 2008 © GOSH Great Ormond Street Hospital patient Matthew Swatton with Lewis Hamilton at the 2008 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix, Silverstone, 7 July 2008 © GOSH

Grammy award-winning singer Duffy is getting ready to play a private gig at The Formula One Party in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity on Wednesday night. The party will be held at London's Victoria and Albert Museum to celebrate the official launch of this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

Duffy is taking time out of her European tour to entertain Formula One’s finest including McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, Renault’s Nelson Piquet, team principals Martin Whitmarsh, Ross Brawn and Christian Horner, and BBC F1 television presenters Jake Humphrey and Eddie Jordan. The evening will be hosted by satirist and long-time Formula One fan Rory Bremner.

Abbey and Santander are to support the event, which will raise vital funds for the hospital's new heart and lung centre, for a third year running. Tamara Ecclestone is the creative director of the party and has helped to plan and oversee the event from the early stages.

Her father and CEO of the Formula One Group, Bernie Ecclestone, said: "We have brought together the Formula One community to forge a unique partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital, which has developed over many years now. I am delighted to be able to lend my support to such a great cause."

As well as the party, there will also be an exclusive charity auction. Lots on offer will include the chance to enjoy a week of personalised work experience at Brawn GP and a high-speed lap of Silverstone in the Santander Abbey two-seater driven by ‘The Stig’ from BBC television’s Top Gear, before the British Grand Prix.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity is the official charity for 2009 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX and every year many of the hospital's patients are invited to enjoy the event from the paddock, where they get to meet their F1 heroes. The Silverstone weekend gets underway on Friday.