IT was Monte Carlo or Bust for keen motorist and St Luke’s supporter Paul Howard as he took to the road on a fundraising wing and a prayer.
Paul, the Community Liaison Manager at Sheffield’s Parkwood Academy, and wife Judy were competing in the Monte Carlo or Bust Banger Rally which saw them drive through six European countries to glamorous Monaco and back in a £500 20-year-old Subaru Impreza.
But for Paul and Judy, all their hours on the road were worth it as they raised more than £2,000 for our services.
Beginning in Namur, Belgium and finishing in Monte Carlo, the 3,000 km route took the couple and fellow old banger fans through Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France on a journey that included such famous locations as the Black Forest, Lake Como and the Gotthard Pass.
Event rules state that every car competing in the challenge must be at least 15 years old and worth no more than £500.
Making sure the ageing car was roadworthy were Sheffield Subaru Services, Impreza Breakers Norwich and Hawleys Tyres Sheffield.
And there was sponsorship for the challenge from Singh’s Premier Stores, Fletcher’s Bakery, Tesco, E-ACT, E-ACT Parkwood Academy and Heaton’s Coaches.
“This was an incredible way to raise money for St Luke’s and the support from Paul’s school, Parkwood Academy, and their many sponsors and friends was fantastic,” said our Community Fundraising Manager Megan Senior.
“They actually set out to raise £1,000 and have easily doubled that, which will make an enormous difference to the lives of St Luke’s patients and their families.”
There’s still time to support Paul and Judy by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/PaulHoward-MonteCarloOrBust2017