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Closed 19/10/2019

raised of £800 target by 35 supporters

    Weʼve raised £905 to donate to the Cornish mental health charity Valued Lives

    Funded on Saturday, 19th October 2019

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    We are four old ladies who will this September be taking part in the Banger Rally challenge to Pompeii to raise money for a charity close to our hearts.

    As part of the challenge we will be driving a clapped out old motor to the south of Italy, passing various checkpoints along the way and all without the use of a Sat-Nav putting our map reading skills to the test.

    We are hoping Cornish businesses will support us and to draw even more attention to ourselves we have decided to carry out the challenge dressed as old women.

    So we have a car, we've raided Truro's charity shops and all we need now is some support. We're looking for both donations towards our costs (ferry, insurance, entry fee etc) and people to sponsor us for our efforts. Any companies wishing to donate will get logos on our banger and anyone sponsoring us will be directly supporting Valued Lives. For more information on Valued Lives visit their website

    The team

    Mike Smallcombe, a 30-year-old author and journalist from Newquay, said: “I love both travelling and socialising, so what better way to raise money for a cause that is very close to my heart? I’ll keep this short… Eight years ago I lost my mum because of mental illness, she took her own life. She was 50, I was 22. Her symptoms began when I was just ten years old - to see what was happening and not fully understanding why was devastating. Over the last year or two, I've realised I didn’t cope too well with what happened; it greatly affected my mental health too. It’s for these deeply personal reasons that I wish to raise as much money as possible for the mental healthy charity Valued Lives. She didn't make it, but together we can make a difference to other lives.”

    Chris Matthews, another 30-year-old journalist and court reporter from Helston, said: “I’m a keen traveller and having visited more than 40 countries I am really excited about our Banger Rally adventure. My other interests are sport, music and exploration of the outdoors. Mental health is something that affects us all whether directly or indirectly and I am hoping that the public will be kind enough to support our fundraising efforts so Cornish people can overcome all kinds of mental health related difficulties.”

    Graeme Wilkinson, the wrong side of 40 from Praze, said: “I’ve spent the last six reporting in Cornwall, first on the West Briton and latterly on Cornwall Live. I am about to embark on a new career working on behalf of the Royal Navy here in Cornwall. My family has been touched by mental health issues and this is a great way to give something back.”

    Alex Graves, not quite 40 from Truro, said: “I used to work with Graeme, Mike and Chris and now run my own design agency in Truro. I have been on two previous banger rally’s and the appeal to do another was just too much.

    “Raising money for Valued Lives is our way of saying thank you to them and all those who work in mental health for the amazing job they do to help those affected. My mum has suffered in the past with issues and has tried to take her own life twice. The help and treatment she received in her troubled times, mean me and my family still have her here and for that we are ever grateful.”

    You can find out more about our project on Facebook and on Twitter You can keep up-to-date on our journey and see the sights we pass along the way on Instagram, @ourbangerrally

    For more information about the rally click here



    • Banger Rally4 years ago
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      4 years ago
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      Thank you all so much for the generous donations. Hopefully we can smash our £500 target before we set off to Pompeii.

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    • Banger Rally4 years ago
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      4 years ago

      So we entered the rally, got the team together, booked the ferry and started planning our adventure. Through all that we had one little piece of the puzzle missing - our banger. But now, thanks to the generosity of Chris, he has donated his old car to become our old lady mobile. Now we need to name her and start the transformation to make her look the part.

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    • Steph Pascoe

      Steph Pascoe

      Oct 16, 2019


    • Matt


      Oct 10, 2019


    • Lee Trewhela

      Lee Trewhela

      Oct 5, 2019

      Well done ladies.


    • Anonymous


      Oct 4, 2019

      Wishing you all the best. Glor and Jan

    • Lee A

      Lee A

      Oct 1, 2019

      Fantastic cause close to my own heart, nice work chaps.

    • Katie Timms

      Katie Timms

      Sep 29, 2019

      Good luck!


    • Tom Gainey

      Tom Gainey

      Sep 29, 2019

      Geddon, grannies! 🙌🏼👏🏼


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