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Hospice will benefit from Limo Euro trek

Mark Westley Photography
Brendon Hall, Bobby Luckings, Matthew Gipson and Ashliegh Booth, all former Mildenhall College of Technology students, are driving a limousine through 12 countries in 7 days for a charity rally, starting September 5, to raise money for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
Lads order as in these pictures. ANL-140608-193105009

Mark Westley Photography Brendon Hall, Bobby Luckings, Matthew Gipson and Ashliegh Booth, all former Mildenhall College of Technology students, are driving a limousine through 12 countries in 7 days for a charity rally, starting September 5, to raise money for St Nicholas Hospice Care. Lads order as in these pictures. ANL-140608-193105009

When four friends from school in the Mildenhall area bought a 22-year-old limousine to drive in a rally around Europe, they took on the mantle of continuing its journey.

The eight-seater Ford Grenada bought by Ashliegh Booth, Bobby Luckings, Brendon Hall and Matthew Gipson has the message “To be continued” inscribed on its boot.

And the lads, will be writing another chapter in its 
journey when they set off to drive through 12 European countries in the banger rally Motoscape 2014 on September 5.

“We had been looking for a car like an old Volvo or Mercedes and found this limousine on eBay and thought ‘this is quite unique’,” said Ashliegh, 24.

“It has been used as a funeral car and then sold to a gentleman who stripped all of the paint off it so now it has a shiny, chrome effect which looks great in the sun.

“It’s a good car generally, it’s only done 77,000 miles.”

They were told of the car’s history - which includes trips to Morocco and the south of France and being used for numerous stag dos - when they bought it off an eBay trader in Somerset for £400.

The team’s participation in the rally is in aid of St Nicholas Hospice, which looked after Bobby’s father who died when Bobby was young.

The trip is all the more special for Bobby as they are setting off on the day he turns 25, and it is a trip that he and best friend Ashliegh have always wanted to do.

They made the most of the car’s size by offering companies the chance to stick stickers on it in return for sponsorship.

One company’s sponsorship covered the cost of MOT, another to have it serviced, another for four new tyres and another their tax.

So far they have more than 30 companies’ logos on board and have raised £1,500.

Around 170 people are expected to take part in the rally that will see them start in France and go through Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic before arriving home seven days later.

To sponsor the team, go to www.justgiving.com/bobby-ash-bred-joe

 

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