Dec 20 2007
by Nick Moreton, Skelmersdale Advertister
AN UP HOLLAND man and his pal are going on a road trip across Europe to raise money for three children’s charities.
Ian Newby, of Galloway Drive, off Tower Hill Road, and Simon Tennant, from Wigan, will take a 17-year-old Toyota Celica on a 3,500-mile round trip through 13 different cities in five days.
It’s all to raise funds for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.
Ian, 28, was inspired to do the trip by the bravery of his girlfriend’s little sister, Johanna Hislop, who has Reflex Sympathetic Distrophy.
Johanna, 14, is one of only 116 people in the past 22 years to be diagnosed with the condition, which causes severe pain in the muscles, skin, bones and nerves.
Since being diagnosed, things have progressed even further so that she now also has a movement disorder which occasionally sends her body into uncontrollable bouts of shaking.
The condition means she has had to spend a lot of time at Alder Hey and Ronald McDonald house and Ian and Simon are hoping to raise £1,000 for each of them and Great Ormond Street by appealing for sponsorship from local businesses in return for company logos being displayed on the car.
The lads plan to set of from Wigan on April 26 next year.
get a ferry from Dover to Calais, before heading through Brussels, Stuttgart, Munich, Milan, Turin, Lido Di Jesolo, Monaco, Nice and Marseilles, before returning back to Wigan, via Paris and Calais, hopefully by May 1.
Ian, who owns a barber’s shop in Pemberton, brought the car about a month ago for just £350, but has every confidence it will last the distance.
He said: “The car’s in excellent condition for its age and I’m more than confident it can make it round the whole way.
“Everybody looks at me like I’m mad when I tell them how old it is, but I have absolute faith in it.”
He added: “We are hoping to raise £1,000 for each charity, but obviously, the more we can get the better.
“AMK Signs in Standish are going to do the graphics on the car, while IM-Press Promotions (Chorley) Ltd have printed us a load of T-shirts, caps and fleeces.
“And Pemberton Private Hire are sponsoring us for fuel, but we still need things like first aid kits, fire extinguishers, road maps, light bulb sets and even break down cover and our ferry crossings.
“But it should be good and we’re looking forward to it.”
To sponsor them just call 07790 071030 or go to www.theeuropeandrivingchallenge.moonfruit.com