Fire engine swapped for old banger in fund-raiser

By Dan Santy Thursday 21 February 2013 Updated: 22/02 10:41

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FIREFIGHTERS will be swapping their shiny engine for an old banger in the name of charity.

Rugby firemen John Gregory and Ben Cleminson have been honing their driving skills in preparation for the start of the Scumrun charity banger rally in May.

The pair will take part in a bid to raise vital funds for Wellchild and the Firefighters Charity.

They will be just one of many teams driving across Europe in four days, with each trying to reach set destinations in cars bought for no more than £500. This year there will be over 100 cars taking part from the UK.

John, a firefighter based at the station in Rugby, said: "For us, the Scumrun gives us a great opportunity to raise funds for our chosen charities in a really fun way.

"We are not too sure what to expect as we travel across Europe, but we are hoping we reach all of the set destinations in good time.

"During the run, the car will be fitted with a tracker and our progress can be monitored live over the internet."

The pair's car for the four day rally, a Corsa, has been donated by Drive Vauxhall in Leamington and will be sponsored by Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, Halfords and the Costume Cabin in Bilton.

In the run up to the rally, John and Ben will also be holding a number of fund-raisers. After holding a race night at the Black Horse in Bilton, they have organised a music night for Saturday March 2 at the pub, with The Jellyheads and StoneFire set to perform from 8.30pm.

They have also organised charity car washes to be held at Rugby fire station on Corporation Street on March 16 and again on April 20.

Any businesses or groups interested in sponsoring the car should call John on 07855 788729. Or, visit www.justgiving.com/John-Tall-Gregory to make a donation.

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