Miles of smiles on charity challenge

A Highland Fling old banger charity run ended up in miles of smiles when it raised around �7,000 - more than three times the target.Five teams of drivers from the Terrington St Clement area took part in the charity challenge, trekking up to the far north of Scotland in cars worth no more than �200 and no newer than P-registration while keeping their mileage as close to the 1,628-mile forecast for the round trip on an online route planner.

A Highland Fling old banger charity run ended up in miles of smiles when it raised around �7,000 - more than three times the target.

Five teams of drivers from the Terrington St Clement area took part in the charity challenge, trekking up to the far north of Scotland in cars worth no more than �200 and no newer than P-registration while keeping their mileage as close to the 1,628-mile forecast for the round trip on an online route planner.

Among the teams was David Hillier, operations manager of Stebbings Car Superstore in Hamlin Way, King's Lynn, and his friend, Terry Hunt, who were driving a 174,000-mile Vauxhall Corsa diesel van which David has had from new and used as a delivery van when he was a newsagent.

The challenge had set drivers the target of raising �2,000 to send 11-year-old wheelchair-bound Ellen Beckett, who suffers from ataxic cerebral palsy, on an activity break to the Easter Seals Camp Horizon in Canada. But the final total was around �7,000 with the extra money going into the Terrington Community Fund to help charitable organisations in Terrington St Clement.


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David, who is Ellen's godfather, said: 'It was beyond what we expected. Everybody joined in and was very generous. All the way round everyone gave us donations.'

The first day of the trip saw the drivers leave Terrington St Clement for the 487-mile trip to Oban on the west coast of Scotland. From there on day two they travelled 439 miles up and along the northern coast of Scotland to Dunbeath before day three took them another 315 miles to St Andrews. The final home leg on the fourth day back to Terrington St Clement was another 387 miles.

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The winning team was the Canadian Celts with a recorded mileage of 1,640. David and Terry, who called their team 2 Fat, 2 Furious - a play on the film 2 Fast 2 Furious, covered 1,652 miles.

Along the way they faced various tests including a suspension test carrying a bucket of water, changing a wheel, a wordsearch, treasure hunt, animal photography challenge and a place names game.

David said the most difficult thing was the sheer volume of miles to cover day after day.

'It was a long way but the scenery was phenomenal,' he said.

'No one broke down which was an absolute miracle. There was one slow puncture and that was all.

'There were no hiccups but a lot of smiles and a lot of laughs and a lot of characters.'

David also praised all the businesses which had sponsored the cars.

And with mission accomplished on Highland Fling 2010, there is already talk of holding a Highland Fling 2012 with the teams covering a 2,091 route around the coastline of England and Wales over six days.

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