Rickinghall man dresses as Where’s Wally? character for Benidorm or Bust rally

A Rickinghall man was among a team of five fundraisers who dressed up as cartoon character Wally, of Where's Wally fame, to take part in the Benidorm or Bust banger rally.

Alastair Leeks, 29, was in the four strong team, known as the 'West Suffolk Wallys' who took part in the 2,600 mile drive from Dover to Benidorm and raised �2,000 for Bury St Edmunds-based St Nicholas Hospice Care, which provides support for people with terminal and life-shortening illnesses.

The Wallys, who included Richard Sutton, Gareth Douglas and Alex Duhig, from Cockfield, also raised �400 for Elmswell Youth Football Club.

The team left Suffolk in the early hours of Thursday for the three-day drive to Benidorm.

After arriving in the Spanish beach resort they joined the other 45 teams for a well-deserved drink and a night in a plush hotel, before setting off on the return journey the following day.

The four men shared the driving between them and elected not to use a modern satnav for navigation, instead relying on map reading.

Their vehicle, or Wally Wagon, was a red 1992 Volvo 940, which they bought for �200 and painted in Where's Wally livery for the trip.

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On Thursday the Wallys drove from Elmswell to Dover, then covered 443 miles from Calais to La Rochelle. On Friday they drove 424 miles to Zaragoza and completed the final 286 miles to Benidorm on Saturday.

The epic return leg of the journey took 25 hours non-stop, with the Wallys arriving in Elmswell on Monday evening.

Mr Leeks said: 'The trip was absolutely amazing – great times with some great people. The Wally Wagon didn't miss a beat and the only problem we had was a blown side lightbulb.'

Jenny Baskett, challenges and events fundraiser at the hospice, said: 'What the West Suffolk Wallys have done is brilliant. I'm thrilled they had such a good time on the trip and the Hospice is grateful to them for every penny raised – the funds will be put to very good use.'

To sponsor the West Suffolk Wallys,visit www.justgiving.com/West-suffolk-wallys.

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