Pals hope char­ity road trip will be a big laugh

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

ATEAM of pals head­ing on a road­trip for char­ity are hop­ing Ken Dodd and his tick­ling stick will help steer them in the right di­rec­tion.

The friends are driv­ing thou­sands of miles across Europe as part of the Ram­shackle Rally, a driv­ing chal­lenge which sees teams head across five coun­tries in five days in a car worth no more than £250.


cap­tain Si­mon Spurrell, 48, who makes up one quar­ter of the Did­dy­men team from Mac­cles­field, says they were inspired by a group of Dutch driv­ers who passed through the town on a sim­i­lar ad­ven­ture in the sum­mer.

Dad-of-one Si­mon said: “I got chat­ting to a load of Dutch guys who were tak­ing part in a sim­i­lar thing and I thought it seemed quite fun. I men­tioned it to a few friends and we de­cided we should have a go.”

The team - which in­cludes Ju­lian Hig­gin­son, 46, Keith Hal­lam, 42, and James Hen­shaw, 38, - have trans­formed a 20-year-old volvo into homage to Ken Dodd with brightly cov­ered fur.

Si­mon added: “We were jok­ing that we were go­ing to have so much fun it was go­ing to be a ‘ laugh­ter tour’.

No­body is as mad and zany as Ken Dodd so we de­cided he would be a good theme for the car.”

But it’s not all fun and laugh­ter for the boys, who are rais­ing money for a se­ri­ous cause.

Si­mon said: “We thought it would be sen­si­ble to raise money as well as hav­ing fun. Des­tiny Chil­dren was per­fect be­cause it helps chil­dren liv­ing in poverty in Mom­basa. And per­haps what’s most im­por­tant is that 100per­cent of the money raised goes to the char­ity, noth­ing is spent on ad­min­is­tra­tion costs.”

The route, which sets off on Septem­ber 17, also takes in three of the high­est moun­tains and most dan­ger­ous roads in Europe, which will be a chal­lenge for team mem­ber Ju­lian, from Bolling­ton, who has un­der­gone hyp­nother­apy to over­come his fear of heights.

Si­mon, who runs ITG Group and the Cheshire Cheese Com­pany, added: “It’s go­ing to be quite a chal­lenge, we’ve had the car checked over by the guys at Hully Road garage and Ju­lian is go­ing to be avoid­ing driv­ing the moun­tain passes, but it should be fun.”

To do­nate go to uk.vir­gin­money­giv­ing. com/ team/ thek­endod­dramshack­le­laugh­ter­tour.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the char­ity go to face­book. com/ des­tiny­chil­drenDGS

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