In a clapped out banger worth just £200 quid, Gary Fisher, Service Manager for Terberg Matec UK and his pal Craig Pegg drove the Lexus 400 nearly 3284 miles round trip, stopping at Calais, Poitiers and Zaragoza in the ‘Benidorm or Bust’ Charity Challenge.
Their vehicle was part of a 200-strong fleet of cars with teams of two to four fundraisers. Some of these didn’t make it out of the UK and 16 didn’t make the final destination.
The kind-hearted duo raised a nice wad of cash for their chosen charity, the Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People in Loughborough.
The hospice, the only one of its kind in the East Midlands, provides care for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and support for their families.
Friends and family rallied round to get the car ready in time for the challenge. Staff from Terberg’s headquarters in Warrington painted the car yellow in two days and local businesses showed their support with donations.
The trip wasn’t without its own hurdles along the way. The duo clocked up a few minor fines for illegal adornments and a few pulls from the Spanish police, resulting in a handshake and a friendly ‘Adios.’
Gary says, “Craig and I learned of the Benidorm or Bust run last year and felt it was the perfect opportunity to help make a difference to a charity that is close to our hearts.
“The Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People has provided invaluable support for a mutual friend’s child and his family, support that we wanted to help fund in some way.
“The run itself was challenging but great fun, most importantly we easily managed to outstrip our target, with a pot that is still increasing daily.”
If you would like to support Gary and Craig’s fundraiser, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/Martin-Plant1