Four men to travel the British coast in four days for good causes

The Coastbusters will be touring the British coast in just four days to raise money for good causes.

The Coastbusters will be touring the British coast in just four days to raise money for good causes. Pictured here with their ride is team mascot Jeff. Picture: Anthony Kane - Credit: Anthony Kane

Four friends are giving themselves four days to travel the British coast to raise money for good causes, including Lynn based charity Scotty's Little Soldiers.

Scotty's Little Soldiers founder Nikki Scott. Picture: Ian Burt

Scotty's Little Soldiers founder Nikki Scott. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Gearing up for the challenge are car enthusiasts Anthony Kane, Pete Westaway, Norman Bryant and Chris Grant, who together make up the Coastbusters.

The team, based in north Devon, have acquired a 19-year-old Land Rover Freelander for £500 which will take them on a non-stop, 2,700-mile drive around the coast.

Mr Kane said: 'The idea of the challenge came to us when Pete Westaway and myself were talking of wanting to enter the Rusty Raleigh, where we would buy a car for no more than £500 and then drive from Calais to the Italian Lakes.

'Pete and I soon realised it would be difficult to raise the minimum sponsorship required to take part so we looked in to organising our own.'

They will be raising money for King's Lynn charity Scotty's Little Soldiers, who help support children who have lost a parent serving in the armed forces.

Mr Kane added: 'Their charity devotes all their time and fund raising efforts to help support and provide days out and fun activities to children who have lost a parent who was a member of the armed forces.

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'To be honest when I read their reason for setting up the charity and what they do it brought a tear to my eye.

'A couple of car club and Coastbuster team members are ex-forces and it is a charity that cannot fail to be close to anyone's heart.'

Donations will also be going to Devon-based charity Chemo Hero, who deliver boxes filled with useful and luxurious items to patients receiving chemotherapy.

Nikki Scott, founder of Scotty's Little Soldiers, said: 'I take my hat off to Peter, Anthony, Norman and Chris for taking on this challenge, 2,708 miles in four days is no easy task and doing it to raise money for Scotty's is just fantastic.

'We're extremely grateful to the guys for thinking of Scotty's and the money raised will allow us to continue to support children across the country who have experienced the loss of a parent whilst serving in the British Armed Forces.

'We currently support 331 members across the UK, and this number continues to grow, so every donation helps.

'We wish the guys the best of luck next year.'

They will begin their challenge in April 6, setting off from Barnstaple, in North Devon, weaving through Wales, skirting around Scotland and down the east coast.

They will even make a detour into King's Lynn to meet the Scotty's Little Soldiers team. They hope to make their way through the home counties and back in Devon before midnight on April 9.

'We are planning to drive the majority of the time just taking breaks for food, fuel and toilet,' Mr Kane added. 'With four men in the car we are going to need to pack plenty of air fresheners.'

To donate, visit the Coastbuster Challenge fundraising page.