I’ll begin today’s blog with an awards ceremony-style acceptance speech… I cannot begin to list the amount of people I want to thank for their support over the past two weeks because every single retweet of my stolen Mini photo, every comment on my blog and every message has made my day a little brighter.
Over 110,000 people read the ‘Open Letter To The People Who Burgled Us’, and thousands more have shared the photo of my missing car on social media and whilst it hasn’t brought my lovely Donald home, or helped the police find the people who thought it was okay to smash their way into our home, it has proven just how many decent people there are across the globe. I even trended on Twitter. Wow!
My car insurance Elephant.co.uk have been amazing, and two weeks since the event, I now have my claim settled and can begin to look for another car (forking our £100 a week to Enterprise rent-a-car is somewhat painful).
I was torn between buying another Mini or, in the words of my Grandfather, getting ‘a car no-one wants to steal’, however, I worked hard to save up for that car, and I don’t want some sticky fingered scumbag to take that away from me. Whilst I know Nightfire Red is unlikely, at least I can recommence my ‘Mini Adventures’, and I have Mini UK helping me try to replace old Donald.
The rent-a-car saw me to Brands Hatch last weekend though, as my job as PR for Ginetta Cars meant I was needed at the Kent race circuit for the first weekend of the 2014 Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup & Junior Championship, and whilst there I was overwhelmed by the support of our customers and the press alike. It makes you realise what a wonderful family motorsport is and I feel so lucky to have my dream job, surrounded by such awesome people.
Testament to that was the tweet by Caterham F1 Team on 28 March, who shared a photo of the lost Mini. As a competitor to Ginetta Cars in some respects, it was touching to see support from Caterham’s Chief Motorsport and Technical Officer – whom I have never met – in my hour of need.
Whilst some people commented that I only wrote my blog to show off about the nice things I had, and that as a ‘typical middle-class snob’ I didn’t understand why people were forced into a life of crime. In actual fact, I know it all too well – members of my immediate family are on benefits and both my parents came from ‘working class’ backgrounds to ‘make something’ of themselves.
To be perfectly honest, I thought that modern society had moved away from pigeon-holing people into a class structure, and offered an opportunity for everyone to better themselves – I never had a ‘handout from daddy’ to get me where I am today, but yes, my parents did encourage me to work hard at school / college / university if I wanted to get a ‘good job’.
However, any parent can do that and in addition, any parent should want the best for their child, you don’t need to have a bulging bank account to encourage your child to work hard, nor do you need to fund their education.
I attended a comprehensive school and my local college, before moving on to university. I pay off my student loan every month, and I worked my butt off to enjoy the lifestyle I do, and should be expected to justify that to anyone – I certainly don’t live beyond my means and have never bought a single thing on finance, rather saved up and bought things when I can afford them – that includes my car.
Irrespective of where we come from and public expectations of certain neighbourhoods or family, no-one has the right to enter another person’s house and claim their belongings as their own, but I am thankful that this has made me realise there are far more kind people out there than thieving scumbags.