Joan Anderson was a secretary at the Associated Motorcycles sales office, Plumstead in the early sixties working alongside Eric Ritson and Jock West OBE – and I being a motorcycle agent for AJS & Matchless machines, and having impressed Joan with my ‘sales pitch’ on sidecar racing skills on a Matchless G50, 1961 our first I.O.M TT and 3rd in 1962, the fastest ever single cylinder sidecar outfit in the I.O.M TT event. This all led to our courtship and eventually to our marriage in July 1962.
By then Joan was very much part of my racing activities and featuring as a model in the 1962 and 1963 sales catalogue. Joan on leaving AMC would play an important part in the success of the Seeley race bike manufacturing featuring the matchless G50 racing engines.
Sadly, in 1979, Joan aged 39 years succumbed to bone cancer hence the inception of the Joan Seeley Pain Relief Charity Trust with the support of various motorsport stars Mike Hailwood, Phil Read, Stirling Moss and Murray Walker, who took over and still is patron, after the death of Mike Hailwood.
We are proud of our motto ‘every £1 collected is a £1 spent’ on medical equipment and as a registered charity we are vat exempt.
This year 2015 £7000 has been spent on behalf of the Greenwich and Bexley community hospice. However, our main target for support in 2015 was the Rainbows Children’s Hospice, sponsored by Bonham’s and Mallory Park, our charity has now purchased £11,250 worth of life enhancing medical equipment for this Loughborough based hospice.
Our small specialist charity now in its 37th year has purchased pain relief and medical equipment for some thirty-three hospitals and hospices throughout the UK.
We hope the support will continue from ‘our sport’ and those outside the sport.