Team Thunderbolts raised more than £6,000

Over £30,000 has been collectively raised by all the teams

A thank you from Simon

In September, our managing director, Simon took time out of his busy schedule to raise money for the male cancer charity, Orchid on the Back and Fourth Rally. With his close friend Alan Hunt, managing director of County Construction driving as Team Thunderbolts, they purchased a Mini cooper Convertible for less than £1,000 (in accordance with the rules) and then they travelled 4,000 miles across Europe in a convoy with 10 other teams, all driving Mini Cooper Convertibles with the roof down in all weathers, again, in accordance with the rules of the Rally. The teams had to drive for a minimum of 21 hours per day.

Following press support for Simon from leading KBB online and trade magazines, all the teams taking part made the national press and were featured in an article in The Sun newspaper. Having already exceeded their target of £2,000 of donations and sponsorships by the time set off on the route, Team Thunderbolts then kept in touch with everyone about their progress via their Just Giving page, Whatsapp and Linked-in. Five days later and by the time they reached the final city, Amsterdam, they had raised over £6,000, with donations from friends, clients, members of the KBB industry, suppliers, business competitors, and even from an actor with a knighthood. Simon has since been notified by Just Giving that he and Alan were in the top 1% out of 71,411 fundraisers for September.

Simon and Alan drove through a range of weather systems from 36°C heat in the warmer parts of Europe to pouring rain, wind and cold in the cooler parts. They slept in the car and averaged around three hours sleep per night, but the camaraderie amongst the teams and a bit of dogged determination to raise even more money kept them going. All 10 teams collectively raised over £30,000 for Orchid, which is an inspirational charity that raises awareness of male health issues and provides much-needed support to people in crisis.

Simon has been overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity and he wishes to thank each and every person who put their hand in their pocket to donate to the cause. Here is the link to the team Thunderbolts’ Just Giving page so that you can see the details of their epic journey through Europe:

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