Thanks for supporting charity drive to Italy

READY TO RALLY -- Derek Howarth (second from left), with his son, Daniel (left) and teammates Greg and Richard Stanley -- DISPIC NHUD 11-1927-1
READY TO RALLY -- Derek Howarth (second from left), with his son, Daniel (left) and teammates Greg and Richard Stanley -- DISPIC NHUD 11-1927-1

WE would like to express our thanks to the Dispatch and its readers for all the support we have received since the paper printed an article on our quest to raise money for the Nottingham Regional Society for Adults and Children with Autism (NORSACA).

Our challenge is to take part in the ‘Scally Rally’ — a drive from Calais in France to Italy — in an old banger bought for just £50.

Since the article, we have received great support and attracted more sponsorship, including from Hucknall Rotary Club and the Hucknall High Street branch of Specsavers.

Also, we managed to get the car’s cambelt changed free of charge by Steve Hall (Custom Vanstyle) after an appeal through the Dispatch.

Hucknall Town Football Club and Linby-based Notts County Ladies have also been fantastic. Town organised a charity football match, which raised £280 for the charity When You Wish Upon A Star and NORSACA.

Andrew Eastwood, chairman of Notts County Ladies, has already done a sponsored bike-ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats and we were invited to a carnival/classic car show at Stapleford.

Unfortunately our car had broken down and had been off the road for several days and was unable to be fixed in time. We still attended the carnival, minus the car, and we managed to raise £119. All proceeds have been split between NORSACA and When You Wish Upon A Star.

We were having no luck with the car.

But Steve Hall and auto electrician Tony Charmers managed to get it up and running.

Many thanks to everyone for all the help and support.

I am sorry for missing some people out, but there are so many people to thank.

We have raised more than £1,000 and are on our way to our £2,000 target.

We leave for Italy in our £50 banger on our 1,400 mile journey on Thursday September 15 at 9.30 am from Hucknall Market Place. Please come and wave us off.

There is also still time to sponsor us and forms are available in Specsavers and Jackson’s Barber Shop on Derbyshire Lane, Hucknall.

DEREK HOWARTH,

Hucknall.