Motor racing fans have helped Dunlop Motorsport raise over £12,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust during the 2010 Dunlop British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season.

The money has been raised by selling £2 Dunlop ‘goodie bags’ to members of the public at BTCC meetings, which the company would usually give away free.

One teenager who appreciates first-hand the work Teenage Cancer Trust carries out is Sam Sutton, 17, from Leamington Spa. Sam, a former pupil at Campion School in Leamington Spa, was diagnosed with bone cancer 18 months ago and underwent successful treatment at the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Sam visited the Dunlop Motorsport Factory at the iconic Fort Dunlop site in Birmingham earlier this week for a special ceremony, where the entire £12,000 proceeds collected by Dunlop were presented to the charity.

Ann-Marie Carey, corporate fundraising manager for the north at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “Young people have a much better chance in their fight against cancer if they are treated by teenage cancer experts, in an environment tailored to their needs. We’re working every day to make that happens.”

Kate Rock, PR support manager at Dunlop Motorsport, said: “I’m thrilled that such a simple idea has managed to generate such a significant amount of money over the course of the BTCC season.”