27th August 2015

Charity Banger Rally Challenge

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A bright green convertible, driven by a team of workers from Tregenna Castle Resort, will be heading to the continent later this year as part of a massive fundraising event.

Three friends, who all work together at the St Ives holiday resort have signed up to take part in this year’s ‘Salo or Bust’ Banger Rally Challenge.

John Lavan, aged 22, of Camborne, Ollie Dalton, also 22 from Carbis Bay, and Jack Hill, 19, from St Ives, have teamed up to drive the 1,000 mile route from Cornwall to Salo, Italy, in the shocking green convertible Renault Megane.

And it’s all to raise money for two charities close to all their hearts.

John, who works in the front of house team at Tregenna, said they heard about the rally and wanted to get involved.

“We wanted to do the Salo or Bust Banger Rally Challenge after hearing about it locally, we just thought it sounded like a great experience and for some fantastic causes,” he said.

The three adventurers decided on two charities, Help for Heroes and Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).

John explained why: “We chose Help for Heroes as we really support their aims and how they help former and current servicemen and women. The armed forces run in my family with my granddad serving in the Navy and my stepdad in the Royal Marines.

“It was Jack, who mentioned raising money for MNDA, as his girlfriend’s mum suffers from the disease, so the charity is close to his heart. We were all behind that 100 per cent.

“Ideally we would like to raise £500 for the charities.”

Since deciding they would take part in the challenge the group have purchased the car for £350 and have been making sure it’s road worthy before they set off for Italy on Thursday, October 1.

“We’ve been working hard on the car and are just really looking forward to the challenge,” added John.

To support the trio visit their Just Giving page http://www.justgiving.com/teams/toystory500 

The challenge will set off from The Cornwall hotel, St Austell at 6.30pm on Thursday, October 1, and hope to arrive in Salo on Monday, October 5.

For further details, see http://www.bangerrallychallenge.co.uk/


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