Below are the pictures from our Charity
Run. Funds were rasied for
Eastbourne & Canterbury Hospital, Childerns Wards.
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Gazzet on Wednesday 18 January 2006
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The Mini pilgrimage started off with a Bang!…well,
lots of drink & BBQ food anyway, provided by the organizers
and hosts; Rob & Helen. The next day with heavy heads
after the night before (mine mainly) we set off early to
start our fund raising Pilgrimage from Eastbourne District
General Hospital onward to Canterbury. A good turn out of
13 cars arrived to pose for the camera & ponder over
the route maps & quiz.
We set off in groups out of Eastbourne up towards Battle
via Wartling & Pevensey; along route trying to answer
the head scratching quiz. The drive was great with lots
of fun mini windy roads!
From Battle, the route took us though the country side of
Sandhurst & Newenden, up towards Tenterden & onto
Biddenden Vineyard where we stopped for a bit of Lunch,
a walk round the vine fields & a nose round the shop
full of cider, wine & country food. All the minis arrived
safely, apart from Daz & Mingie3, whose brakes had started
to seize & out of all the drivers, no one had the right
tool at hand! D’oh! The line of minis in the car park showed
interest by other visitors, although the view was spoilt
by the Lotus Elise parking in front of them (& yes,
I know I’m not allowed one!). Anyway, the Vineyard staff
made us quite welcome by feeding & watering us before
starting up the minis & having to set off again on the
last stretch of the journey to Canterbury.
From Biddenden vineyard the group headed for Canterbury…after
doing an impressive ‘U’ turn half way up the road in the
wrong direction…towards Bethersden, then Ashford & heading
into Canterbury city. It was at this point that we remembered
there was a prize for getting there first, so Simon &
I (with co-driver Mumsies) had it in our nature to fulfill
the challenge…so left everyone behind! (Sorry to those who
were trying to follow us!)
After arriving at Canterbury & Kent Hospital greeted
by Helen, all the minis rolled in gradually & the party
were refreshed with tea, coffee & bubbly to celebrate
a great day out!
Mum & I scrapped a win by one point over Ian & Gabriel
on the route quiz, whilst Simon & Viv won the first
to arrive prize (L) and the prize for the most money raised
went to Alexandra, well done! Daz received the ‘Mni with
character’ prize due to his brake failure & no one wanting
to drive in front of him, although I think any mini Daz
owns has a certain ‘character’!
The rough total raised by all for the two hospitals
was a great £1200, with still more to add up!!!
Although there wasn’t much support from the
local papers & news as we hoped,
the main support came from the teams themselves, which made
it a great day, and especially the organizers themselves!
So a BIG thank you to Rob & Helen for putting the event
on, we hope that next year will be as good and more successful
[Just so people aren’t disappointed with the
review…yes I did get very drunk the night before & yes
I was feeling S**t the next day!)
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