FUELLED by the idea of raising money for a charity close to home, Redrow employees have made an epic journey from Northampton to North Africa.
They had geared up to raise £10,000 for the Henry Allen Trust, but overtook their target thanks to the generosity of colleagues, housing industry contacts, friends, family and people they met along the way.
At the latest count the team had already raised more than £13,000, with money still coming in.
Redrow Homes (South Midlands) has a strong link with the Henry Allen Trust after marketing co-ordinator Mandy Howie’s daughter Chase bonded with Henry while they were receiving treatment for cancer. Sadly they both lost their cancer battles, Chase aged 18 and Henry just four.
The Henry Allen Trust was created in Henry’s memory to support families battling childhood cancer.
Andrew Morgan, land manager for Redrow Homes (South Midlands), came up with the idea of the ‘Rust Bucket Challenge’ which saw four teams of Redrow colleagues drive from their divisional office in Northampton to Morocco in cars purchased for less than £500.
It wasn’t an easy ride for the teams. Andrew said the highlight of the trip was “simply making it!”
“The first day was really tough. The last car took 12 hours to get from Northampton to the first stop because they missed a ferry,” he said.
“We had a good laugh but it was quite a challenge to sit in a car for nine hours a day, not sleep well at night and then get up and do it all again.”
With sponsors’ logos adorning the cars, the teams attracted lots of attention along the route.
“People on the ferry were impressed by what we were doing and why, but the best reactions were in France, where English people at service stations asked us about the challenge and made donations,” Andrew added.
The teams who took part were: ‘May Contain Nuts’ – Ottilie York, Samantha Manton, Alex Shine and Scott Chamberlain, in a “revolting” Volkswagen Polo; ‘The Rust Chuggets’ – Michael Glass, Chris Wenborn, Jack Parker and James Wallace, in a Skoda Octavia; ‘Alan’s Carr’ – Stacey Holgate; Ryan O’Sullivan and Andy Newman in a “boxy” Citroen AX; and ‘One Wife Livid’ – Edward Irving, Paul Shaw and Andrew Morgan in a “clapped out” Jaguar XJ6.
“It was a bit fraught at the end – one of the cars didn’t make it,” Andrew explained.
“The Polo broke down in Gibraltar and had to be towed by the Jaguar. It was frustrating but we could cope with it. It would have been a lot worse if it had happened at the beginning.”
Donations can still be made online at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/redrowsm.
Main: The Redrow Rust Bucketeers hit the road to raise money for the Henry Allen Trust
Insert: The team enjoying some time off from driving