Not only did the Pink Car Rally reach Land’s End to a hero’s welcome on Sunday 19th August, the girls behind the wheels have also exceeded the target of £10,000 which they were hoping to raise for the Little Princess charity which helps children who have suffered hair loss. Some of the money has come from collections outside Tesco stores along the route and a sizeable chunk came from a very well organised and supported raffle. On arrival at Lands End the fifteen pink cars were met by a Pink van full of Mrs Kipling cakes. To find out more about next year’s rally, see the Pink Car website.
The story of their Journey….
Tuesday 14th August – John o’Groats to Perth:
Eleven brave Pink Cars complete with drivers and co-drivers left a murky John o’ Groats in hail. Every cloud has a silver lining, however, because they were forced to spend most of the day in beautiful mountain scenery after the route down the A9 was blocked by a jack-knifed lorry. Progress was understandably slow and they reach Perth late but kept their spirits intact.
Wednesday 15th – Perth to Carlisle
The women stopped to collect at a Tesco’s store near Carlisle, the last stop of the day, and raised £394 there and then. Wow! They can only do this when given permission by the store so they were delighted with Tesco’s manager at Warwick Road for letting them rattle their tins.
Thursday 16th – Carlisle to Crewe
12.00 The Pink Car Rally Receives a message of Support from Annie Chapman of the Ladies’ Tractor Road Run which takes place every year in Norfolk. She said:
“LOVE the pink car ladies!! What a great cause.
Stay HAPPY, greetings from Annie. (by the way, I’m growing my hair!)”
Annie’s annual Ladies’ Tractor Road Run has reached the target of a quarter of a million pounds from the nine runs since 2004 in support of breast cancer research through Cancer Research UK. This year they have already beaten last years figure of £38,500 as they have over £40,000 and there are more returns yet to come.
Friday 17th – Crewe to Taunton
A difficult day for the Pink Car Rally as one car was written off in a nasty pincer accident with a lorry and another car. Luckily the driver was not hurt. The day ended happily with a huge crowd turning out to welcome the pink cars into Taunton and every Tescos so far has allowed them to raise money outside stores along the way.
Saturday 18th – Taunton to Penryn
There were now 15 cars on the rally! The girls had a great day with a memorable stop at Jamaica Inn as they headed into Cornwall.
Sunday 19th – Penryn to Land’s End
Fifteen cars and a pink bus celebrated after six hard days on the road. The Pink Convoy arrived at Lands End where they were greeted by Mrs Kipling driving a van full of cakes! This treat is due to Maria Butler who won the prize of a van full of cakes and asked for them to be delivered at the finishing flag of the epic 6 day journey.