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Willie's Flying Scotsman Rally 2015 page

I am driving a rare 1928 Alvis on this rally for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde because I want to help Glasgow Southern General Hospital

84 %
raised of £20,000 target
by 105 supporters
  • Team members: John Ratcliffe
  • Event: Flying Scotsman Rally 2015, 17 Apr 2015 to 19 Apr 2015

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Endowments is a charity of over 2000 funds for the benefit of patients and staff. Funds are used for equipment, patients comforts and amenities,research and training together with the provision of extra facilities and opportunities not available from government funding.

Charity Registration No. SC005895




Nearly there !

Willie and John completed the arduous Flying Scotsman Rally and crossed the finishing line on the afternoon of Sunday 19th April. The trip was not without incident  but your team managed to overcome some mechanical problems which had slowed them down a little.

Despite these, they and the car performed exceptionally well and arrived safely at Gleneagles. Some pictures have been added to this page and we hope you enjoy them. A team from the Alvis Owner Club followed Willie and John on the rally and their video may be seen on YouTube at

Some other information about the preparation is available at

Cost of Equipment

The good news is that Mr DR Suttner managed to negotiate a reduction in the price of the equipment from our original target of £25000 to £20000. When Gift Aid is taken into account, we reckon we are very close to meeting the target and soon we hope to enable purchase of the equipment.  The money gifted has already been transferred to the NHS charity.

This has all been made possible by your generosity and support and we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

Thank you one and all

Willie and Janice

Here is our story as set out when we launched the appeal

“Arriving at Accident and Emergency of Lochgilphead Hospital at 7.00pm on Friday 16 January, my beautiful wife Janice was obviously seriously ill. Just three hours later she was in a helicopter headed for Paisley General Hospital. Following tests and an overnight stay she was whisked to the  Institute of Neurological Sciences at the Southern General Hospital. There she had a six and a half hour operation to remove a walnut sized tumour from her brain.

Our three children and the wider family will forever be indebted to the spectacular performance of the NHS team involved. The surgery was performed by NHS consultant D R Suttner and she was in the care of the professionals in Ward 63 neuro surgery.

These unsung heroes and heroines of the NHS have been an inspiration to us all and the sheer professionalism of the entire team of specialists and nursing staff leaves us breathless.

Janice is making remarkable progress and our family and friends want to demonstrate our appreciation by providing the Department of Neurosurgery at the Institute of Neurological Sciences, Southern General hospital, Glasgow with a special piece of equipment. We are assured that thisis on their much needed wish list. It is a Misonex bone scalpel which will cut and remove bone in a safe and very sophisticated way.

It will cost about £25,000. This will be done through NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde registered charity Sc 005895.

As part of our fund raising, I have decided to enter my vintage Alvis car on the Flying Scotsman Rally and hope that you will follow our progress. We hope that friends and fellow car enthusiasts will feel able to donate to our fund and help us provide this much needed equipment.”