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Norfolk rally team to make 1,500-mile trip across Europe in aid of EACH

PUBLISHED: 11:35 23 June 2017

NRtoRN2017 rally team will be driving from Norwich to Italy's east coast. Photo: Alan Kirton

NRtoRN2017 rally team will be driving from Norwich to Italy's east coast. Photo: Alan Kirton

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A Norfolk rally team is set to embark on a 1,500-mile trip across Europe in an old Mercedes as they look to raise funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The team will be driving in aid of East Anglian Children's Hospice. Photo: Alan Kirton The team will be driving in aid of East Anglian Children's Hospice. Photo: Alan Kirton

The NRtoRN2017 team – named after the postcodes at the course’s start and finishing points – will take part in the Rockin to Rimini Wacky Rally, which begins in Norwich and ends on Italy’s east coast.

Their 1999 Mercedes C220 will take them across seven countries in five days, with all proceeds going to EACH’s Nook Appeal. The nook fundraising revolves around the hospice’s efforts to construct a new purpose-built facility in Norfolk.

The charity’s proposed build in Framingham Earl would replace the current hospice in Quidenham, which has been deemed ill-equipped to accommodate children requiring specialist care.

Team member Alan Kirton, 40, from Thorpe Marriott, expressed the group’s desire to help the children’s hospices.

“EACH is not necessarily a cause that is personal to any of the team, but we’ve chosen it because we wanted to give something back to the community and raise money for a local charity.

“The current facility is sub-standard and it would be great if they could build a new hospice in the future.”

Provided there are no breakdowns or wrong turns, NRtoRN2017 will begin their journey in Thorpe Marriott on Thursday June 22 and arrive on Italy’s east coast on Monday. Cars have to cost no more than £300 and be ‘wackied’ up in imaginative ways.

“The Mercedes has been sat in a farmer’s field for a few years, but it’s in decent condition.

“Most of the work we’ve done has been on the exterior. The car been decorated to follow a theme of the rally route, including a picture of Norwich cathedral on the bonnet.”

The team’s progress during the rally can be followed on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram; all accounts are titled @NRtoRN2017.

NRtoRN2017 can also be sponsored by visiting https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/norfolkwackyrally.

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