Speedway World Champion Tai takes on £100,000 challenge

Tai Woffinden

World Speedway Champion Tai Woffinden has revealed a double target for the season ahead - retaining his title and raising £100,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

The British star, who has captured the nation's imagination following his amazing title triumph last October, said: "Raising this money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity is every bit as important to me as being World Champion again."

Tai will launch his fundraising at the opening FIM Speedway Grand Prix of the season in New Zealand on Saturday April 5. He wants the world of Speedway to support him in his drive to hit the target and is calling on British clubs to join him in fundraising. Tai will also be swapping his Speedway bike for a bicycle as he cycles into the Millennium Stadium on practice day ahead of the FIM British Speedway Grand Prix in July - and people can join him for the ride.

He added: "I'm calling on all my fans and the Speedway world to come together to support my challenge by donating and also organising their own club events to support my £100,000 target. This is an amazing place and the money we raise will make a huge difference to the lives of sick children from all over the UK."

The money raised will fund a new single en suite bedroom in the Premier Inn Clinical Building, a brand new, state-of-the-art centre due to open at the hospital in 2017.

Tai said: "I'm really excited to be taking on this challenge to raise funds for a new bedroom for children at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and I hope all my fans will get involved and show their support too. Having visited the hospital recently, I know they really need our help to update their wards and make sure there is space for parents to stay with their child."

"We've got lots of exciting fundraising activities planned for the 2014 season, so watch this space!"

Matt Forrest, Head of Community Fundraising at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, said: "We're thrilled that Tai has chosen to support the charity during the 2014 season. All the money he and his fans raise will help us make a real difference for patients and families from across the UK."

Further details of how UK Speedway teams can show their support and win the chance to ride with Tai will be announced at taiwoffinden.com shortly.

Sponsor Tai at justgiving.com/teamtai