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Daventry couple doing charity road trip

Gavin Sharpe and Becky Halstead are taking part in car rally across Europe in aid of Niamh's Next Step charity NNL-140517-170443009

Gavin Sharpe and Becky Halstead are taking part in car rally across Europe in aid of Niamh's Next Step charity NNL-140517-170443009

A Daventry couple will be taking on the roads of Europe in a 2,500-mile challenge to raise money for a Northamptonshire charity.

Gavin Sharpe and Becky Halstead, from Benbow Close, will be driving their £500 car through eight countries in four days to raise money for Niamh’s Next Step.

Miss Halstead said: “We are the only Daventry-based entrants in Niamh’s Next Step Into Europe, and are looking to raise approximately £2,000 for the charity and around £500 to cover fuel.

“We have purchased a car for under £500 and made it road worthy – at our own cost – and will drive through eight countries in just four days, to raise awareness and funds for Niamh’s Next Step.

“The charity is based in Wellingborough, and remembers Niamh Curry who died from Neuroblastoma, a children’s cancer.

“The charity has become very close to our hearts as our three-year-old nephew Eddie, a former Daventry resident himself, was diagnosed last year with stage four neuroblastoma, and is currently in New Zealand receiving treatment.

“In the UK, there is currently no government funding into neuroblastoma, and one in 100 children are diagnosed with this illness every year.

“We have raised just over £1,100 so far through support of the local community.

“Several companies have sponsored us and we will be having the logos printed on the side of the car for our event.

“We would really like to raise awareness of the charity, and the event itself, and beat our target if possible.”

The couple have a blog they update between their day jobs, at www.teampugloverschallenge.blogspot.co.uk. People can also sponsor them through the website as well. Businesses interested in sponsoring the team in exchange for getting their logo on the car can contact the pair via the website.

 

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