Speed Of Sight is run by blind race car driver and multiple World Record holder Mike Newman and his co-founder John Galloway. The charity hosts driving experiences nationwide for children and adults with disabilities, where they have the chance to drive themselves and an instructor around a racing circuit.
Martin Port, who himself has dyslexia and 80% hearing loss, has built three successful companies during his career. His current business is the Leeds-based software company, BigChange, which develops technology solutions that improve how businesses manage and monitor their mobile workforces, which Martin founded 10 years ago.
Martin met Speed Of Sight’s co-founder, John Galloway, at a networking event a few years ago and was instantly interested in the charity because his son, Joseph has multiple learning difficulties that prevent him from holding a driving licence of his own. Since then, Martin’s son has attended many Speed Of Sight track days and both are actively involved in the Bolton-based charity.
Mike Newman said: “Martin and his entire family have become an important part of the Speed Of Sight charity. Joseph has been a big supporter of our charity since his first track day and Martin and Joseph have both actively helped fundraise for us, so it was a no-brainer to bring Martin into the charity as a corporate partner and we’re thrilled he’s accepted.
“Martin has a wealth of knowledge and expertise that we can use to help the charity grow and his input can only benefit us, so we’re certain that this partnership will be a huge success and I’m excited for the future of Speed Of Sight.”
Martin Port commented: “I’m incredibly humbled that Speed Of Sight want me to join them and help the charity out in a more ‘official’ role. I’ve seen first-hand what these driving experiences can do for someone’s confidence and they are certainly life changing! My son is always talking about the next track day he’s going on with Speed Of Sight, so I’m thrilled to help in any way possible and enable more people to take part.”