Fundraising drive gets into top gear on European visit

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AN INTREPID team of travellers will be journeying across Europe in aid of charity next month.

Staff and regulars at The Wheatsheaf in Weedon will join others from Everdon for the Wacky Rally charity drive which starts in France, Luxembourg, Italy, Austria and Germany before finishing in Prague. They will be going in three teams and the rally rules mean they can spend a maximum of £300 on a car.

They will be doing it in aid of Down Syndrome Group Northamptonshire which is designed to support families affected by the condition and bring them together to offer advice and share information.

One of the team members, Chris Cheney, is taking part in the race because his niece, four-year-old Sophie Cheney from Weedon, suffers with Down’s Syndrome.

He said: “I know from personal experience the good work the charity does and we wanted to support something that was local. We know all the money will go towards local people.”

The teams will be departing for the 1,800-mile trip on Thursday, September 1 and are due to arrive back the following Tuesday.

Mr Cheney added: “It should be a really interesting journey, given the rules of the competition state what we have to spend on these cars.

“We have never done it before and it should be good fun. Thanks to everyone who has either donated money or helped us with the rally.”

As part of a wider drive to raise extra funds for the organisation, a charity fun day will take place at The Wheatsheaf on Saturday, August 27 from 2pm.

Prizes are still being sought for the raffle and tombola. There is also a barbecue at The Plough in Everdon on Saturday, September 10.

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