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Racing driver donates suit to help raise funds for lifeboat charity

RACING driver Susie Wolff has joined forces with screen queens Lorraine Kelly and Dame Helen Mirren to raise cash for the charity that saves lives at sea.

Wolff's silver race suit, racing shoes and two autographed racing shirts are to go under the hammer at an RNLI charity auction. The auction, which is being organised by Oban Lifeboat fundraisers, is being held during the RNLI's first Glasgow fundraising ball at the Hilton Hotel on Friday, September 12.

The racing star comes from Oban and her mother, Sally Stoddart, said: "Susie grew up next to the water realising how important the services of the lifeboat are."

She now lives in Switzerland, with her husband Toto Wolff, but her mother said: "Although she has travelled around, she has fond memories of Oban."

Wolff wore the racing suit and shoes in the DTM racing series, which she competed in from 2006 to 2012. The collector's items are expected to raise more than £1,000. Kelly has donated a Catwalk Diva dress and a pair of high-heeled shoes.

And Dame Helen Mirren agreed to a request to create a unique memento of the 2014 Baftas. The star has handwritten the words from The Tempest she recited during her Bafta fellowship acceptance speech in February. The memento will be auctioned along with a limited edition book of the 2010 filming of The Tempest, which she starred in, and a signed photo of Dame Helen.

Lynsey Anderson, RNLI community fundraising manager, who is organising the ball, said: "We thought the ball would be good to raise awareness of the RNLI and sea safety in Glasgow."

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