Jill Saward, who died a fortnight ago at 51, after a brain haemorrhage, was not a superwoman. She was a normal woman, who suffered an appalling experience, in a very high profile way. She nonetheless found the strength to try to make a difference and do something positive.
We want that work to continue and we are raising money to create a charitable trust of some sort to honour her memory and to continue her work to change attitudes towards rape, to encourage more women to report such crimes and, by doing so, to reduce sexual violence against women. At the moment only a small percentage of rape victims go to the police, because they are frightened and ashamed. Jill fought for better treatment for victims, to destroy the many myths about rape and to try to bring proper justice for all those who have been subjected to sexual crimes. Her campaigns changed the law and inspired thousands. The work is primarily education and we believe it is important.
In my experience, the F1 community is one in which everyone is treated equally, if they prove they have the ability to do the job properly. It is an open-minded world and thus I hope that many of you will donate to this cause. Some of you have already been very generous, but we need more. So, all you racing millionaires out there, get racing to see who can be the most generous. The biggest donation this far has been £1,000. A lot of you could do better than that.
At the same time, this blog has tens of thousands of readers, so you can imagine how much we could raise – and what can be done – if you each put a fiver into the pot.
Don’t just think about it, do it.