Seven teams from local businesses channelled their inner Jeremy Clarkson last weekend when they took part in the Banger to Bangor and Back challenge in September, raising funds for Rennie Grove Hospice Care.
The idea for this novel fundraising event came from a meeting of Rennie Grove’s corporate patrons – the charity’s membership scheme for local businesses - with Richard Marrett (owner of the Rose & Crown) and Martin Robson (Brian Robson Coachworks) helping to make the idea a reality.
Participants set off from St Michaels’ Manor in an old banger bought for less than £500 joining fellow competitors on a weekend drive from St Albans to Bangor in North Wales and back again. Teams won points throughout the weekend by completing a series of challenges and competitions en route.
Challenges on the trip included taking pictures of their cars with castles, best planking photo, Carpool Karaoke, most shares/retweets on social media and highest altitude reached by the car.
Other highlights were some whacky fancy dress costumes, the Sherrards Are Go team who almost didn’t go anywhere as their car wouldn’t start on the morning of departure, Baldies 2 Bangor fitting 17 people into their Saab convertible and the lunch planned at an idyllic spot being scuppered by the non arrival of the food supplies!
Returning to St Michael’s Manor and following the final off-road driving challenge, Daniel from victorious Team Ginder said: “We are absolutely delighted to have taken part in the Banger to Bangor Rally at the weekend. It was so much fun from start to finish and I can honestly say that I don’t think we stopped laughing. There was a great camaraderie and friendly rivalry with all the other teams which really made the weekend and although we managed to accumulate the most points, I really think that everyone was a winner. The weekend was really well organised and the whole experience will stay with us all for a long time. It’s good to be able to strengthen the existing relationship we have with Rennie Grove; it is also immensely rewarding to know that our efforts over the weekend raised vital funds to support local patients and families. We would definitely do it again!”
There is an opportunity to see some of the bangers involved in the challenge at the St Albans Motor Show on Sunday 24 September. Bangers will be outside Marks and Spencer on St Peters Street between 11am and 5pm.
If you would like to find out more about the Rennie Grove Corporate Patron Programme please go to www.renniegrove.org/cpp or email firstname.lastname@example.org.