Char­ity rally

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

Two men from Ash­ford joined a 1,500-mile road trip from Lon­don to Bucharest, help­ing raise more than £40,000 for deaf­blind char­ity Sense In­ter­na­tional.

John Blow­ers, 51, and Si­mon Pilk­ing­ton, 57, joined 10 other driv­ers from across the coun­try in a char­ity car rally through France, Bel­gium, Ger­many, Aus­tria and Hun­gary in their quest to de­liver funds, spe­cial­ist sen­sory toys and games to help deaf­blind chil­dren in Ro­ma­nia.

The trio, who were sup­port­ing friend and Sense In­ter­na­tional Trustee, Dean Lumer from Es­sex, spent five days trav­el­ling an av­er­age of 300 miles per day and man­aged to dou­ble their fundrais­ing tar­get.

Mr Blow­ers said: “Know­ing the money we were rais­ing would help to raise aware­ness and funds for chil­dren, who may deal with iso­la­tion and ex­clu­sion, to learn to com­mu­ni­cate and re­ceive an ed­u­ca­tion was the ul­ti­mate driv­ing force.”

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