A FATHER and son team from Daventry is gearing up for a charity drive across Europe.
Richard Bond, who lives on the Headlands, and his 23-year-old son Daryl from Middlemore who works at JAB Tyres on the High March, will be setting their sights on Paderborn, between Dortmund and Hannover, in Germany, as part of the Great Escape Rally.
The three-day rally is part of the Big Salute being organised by the British Forces Broadcasting Service and will raise money for five services charties – BLESMA, Combat Stress, FAB, Veteran’s Aid and Blind Veterans UK.
On June 22 they will meet with other teams taking part in the rally at Royal Wotton Bassett before heading off over the Channel to Germany, via Amsterdam.
Richard said: “I’m ex-services myself so I have an interest there. I served in the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian.
“My older son Adam is currently a lieutenant corporal in the Royal Logistics Corps, and went out to Afghanistan in mid May, so there’s another connection too.
“He’s done two tours in Iraq before as well.
“I was in the Army for 14 years, and left 11 years ago. I spent time in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Gibraltar and Germany.
“I was disabled out the Army with a shoulder injury, so I can’t run marathons or jump out of planes to raise money, so I thought this would be a good idea.
“Plus after the Army I was a lorry and coach driver, so I’m used to driving long distances and I’m used to European roads.
“It’s going to be good fun hopefully for all the teams going along.”
The father and son team will be making the trip in a modern Volkswagen Beetle, complete with flames painted on the bodywork.
Although the start and end points of the journey are set, teams get a choice of different ways to get across the Channel.
They also have to cover their own hotel, food and fuel costs for the journey there, and back again.
Richard said: “We’re getting really excited ahead of it.
“There’s teams signed up from all over the UK and Europe it seems.
“There’s people coming over from Belgium to do it, and there’s people based in Germany who are going to be doing the same journey as us, but in reverse.
“It’s not a race, for obvious reasons, as we’re on normal roads, but there are some prizes – one for the team with the most donations, one for the most interestingly designed car or bike, and one for the best fancy dress.
“We’ve set ourselves a target on the website of raising £1,000, but really we want to raise as much as possible.”
People can sponsor the duo at www.justgiving.com/Richard-Bond1.