12 July 2013
Dave, Stuart, Chris & Gary prepare to cross the border
A team of 4 from Thirsk are undertaking a rather unusual challenge this August to raise money for the cancer charity which has supported their families.
On Friday 23 August, David Weston, Stuart Graham and Chris Parker Eland from Sutton near Thirsk, and Gary Hunter from Thirlby, will be setting off from the Carpenters Arms in Felixkirk, and heading over the border up to Loch Ness to take part in a 15km run at the Glenurquhart Highland Games to give something back to Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity which has touched their lives.
The following day, they will continue up to John ‘o Groats and back down to Fort William to camp for the night. The next day, driving on to the Glendale Show in Northumberland for another 5 kilometre Fell run and then back to North Yorkshire.
David explains why the charity means so much to them, 'I lost my Dad last year to liver cancer and Macmillan Cancer Support were fantastic in both helping me and my sisters prepare for what was to come, and provide support and care for my Mum and Dad for what they knew was looming.
'Stuart lost his mother in law just a few months ago and Gary his Mum, both to this terrible disease. I doubt if there is anyone who has not had their lives affected to some degree by cancer, and our choice of MacMillan Cancer Support for this Event was unanimous.'
Not content with a 15km and 5km Fell runs as a tests of endurance ( and traditional Scottish attire to be worn), the team have an added challenge of travelling over 1000 miles for the round trip, in an old banger. They had to source a taxed and tested car for under £400, and have managed to find themselves a Rover 825 Sterling for the job. There are 2 other Bangers involved in the Event, one of them which runs on chip oil.
In an innovative way to raise not only vital funds for Macmillan, but also awareness of the challenge, the team are covering their Banger with sponsorship stickers to promote what they are doing as they ‘Cross the Border.
David says, 'We want to do something different which will catch people’s eyes as we are going on our way, so that people will wonder what we are doing and hopefully come and find out more about what we are doing.'
The stickers cost just £100 each and there will be 23 covering the car, helping to raise money for the charity alongside their justgiving/tribute fund page
The team will be making their way back home on Bank Holiday Monday 26 August, where they will be returning to The Carpenters Arms for a well deserved barbeque to which everyone is invited .
Sally Millington, local fundraising manager for the area says, ‘This is a brilliant and unique fundraiser, and will certainly turn a few heads on their way! It’s wonderful that the Bangers ‘Cross the Border team are helping to raise awareness and money for Macmillan.
'We rely on donations for 97% of our work, without them we wouldn’t be able to offer the services which make such a difference to people affected by cancer and their families. Today and every single day, 12 people across North Yorkshire will be hit by the life changing news that they have cancer. We want to be able to support people during one of the toughest fights they will ever face. Thanks to Bangers ‘Cross the Border, we’ll be able to help more of the people who need us.'
If you would like to support the team, www.justgiving.com/bangerscrosstheborder