The 60m indoor world champion and European number one has just announced a new sponsorship deal with Middlesbrough based Acklam Car Centre.
Richard, 24, who was born just a few minutes away from the popular dealership joined forces with Chris Andrews, of Acklam Cars, after popping in to look for a car.
Chris was so impressed with the local boy’s achievements he asked if he could help with sponsorship.
Last week Richard, who now lives in Stockton-on-Tees, took delivery of a white Toyota GT, worth £20,000.
Now he’ll use the vehicle to travel to and from meets and training and says it’s been a massive boost.
As he explains: “Whilst I have National sponsors, it is very important to me to also have a sponsor from Teeside.
“I grew up across the road from Acklam Car Centre so I knew the business and the quality of the cars they sold.
“I’m so pleased that Chris Andrews and Acklam Car Centre are sponsoring me, as for me, it’s so important to use the interest in my sporting success to help create more interest in Teeside businesses, particularly the ones that I’ve grown up close to.”
The sponsorship is the second sporting partnership for the dealership which already works with local boxer, Simon Vallily (http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140520006357/en/Commonwealth-Boxing-Champ-Simon-Vallily-Vows-Sponsor).
Speaking about the partnership, Chris, 36, added: “As a well-known local firm we’re always looking for ways to put something back into the community and support local athletes.
“When you look closely at Richard’s story and what he has gone on to achieve it truly is amazing.
“From where he’s come from and he’s got so much more to give.
“We’re really delighted to be able to help him in any way we can.”
About Acklam Car Centre
Acklam Car Centre Ltd is a local family owned business which is built on a set of values which puts people first everytime, and is undoubtedly one of the fastest growing dealerships in the North East.
We have over 150 Quality used hand picked low mileage cars at realistic prices.
Buying a car from Acklam is an enjoyable experience, from the minute you set foot on the forecourt, to the minute you drive away in your new car. Our showroom has excellent facilities to make you feel comfortable on your visit and our knowledgable sales team will find the right deal to suit you, from a range of our financial packages that we can tailor to suit your personal circumstances.
Acklam Car Centre is renowned for providing excellent customer service, from the minute you purchase the vehicle , throughout, and we believe this is because we understand what our customers want and, our customers know that we provide them with reliability, respect and consistency
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