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We’re a charitable lot here at Nationwide Vehicle Contracts...

First, our Renewals Manager Jason Reynolds took part in a 133 mile coast-to-coast bike ride in aid of Parkinson’s UK. Then, team member Cass Tynan took on the National Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for children’s charity CLIC Sargent. Even our Gap Specialist Linda ran the Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK… and now our Pricing Analyst Gareth Roberts is also at it!

In an attempt to raise £1000 for two very worthy charities - Tyneside Leukemia Research and Oldham Personal Advocacy Limited (OPAL) – Gareth and his brave girlfriend Sarah are taking part in the 2011 Screwball Rally, driving from Manchester to the Czech Republic and back in a old banger that cost just £500!

Starting on 14th September, the Screwball Rally challenges crazy car fanatics to drive to across Europe in a car worth no more than £750, all in aid of charity. The trip will take Gareth and Sarah through France, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic and Holland, totalling a whopping 2200 miles before returning back to sunny Manchester all within 7 days. 

Day 1 – Manchester to Dover

Day 2 – Dover to Mannhiem

Day 3 – Manheim to Plzen

Day 4 – Plzen to Hannover

Day 5 – Hannover to Amsterdam

Day 6 – Amsterdam to Calais

Day 7 – Calais to Manchester

Originally Gareth and Sarah had planned to drive the rally in a 1991 Renault 5 1.4 Prima Auto…


… but unfortunately this happened, so they thought they’d better not!

Instead, a Mercedes 420 SEC - bought for just £500 - will now be used to transport the couple on the 7 day driving challenge.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge although I’m slightly concerned that the 4.2 litre V8 engine in the Mercedes is going to cost more to fill up with petrol than the car is actually worth!” commented Gareth.

All monies raised will be divided equally between Tyneside Leukaemia Research and Oldham Personal Advocacy Limited (OPAL).

Tyneside Leukaemia Research, in conjunction with the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle,  provide lifesaving help and to any child diagnosed with Leukaemia in Cumbria or North East England – a charity very close to Gareth’s heart. 

OPAL is a service for people with learning disabilities which provides a number of services including an independent personal advocacy service, employment opportunities through the Big Bad Cake Company, Your Day Your Way day centre and other projects – a very worthy cause that Sarah has come into contact with during her time as a student social worker.

All donations made from the challenge will go directly to the two charities.

To find out more about the 2011 Screwball Rally and to make a donation to this worth cause, please visit the JustGiving Charity page.

Best of Luck Gareth & Sarah!