Small Cars – Big Hearts
We are proud to support community projects; and we were more than happy to sponsor Julie and Denise as they took pat in the Legendary Grand Tour, North Devon. This is an event that raises money for the Childrens Hospice SW and involves a convoy of Minis. Read Denise’s account of their journey…
Jules & I want to say a big thank you to PMC & Finest for sponsoring us for Children’s Hospice SW, on the Legendary Grand Tour, North Devon.
With your help we raised a total of £226.00 for this worthwhile Charity; be prepared -next year we want to raise more.
This was our first taste of this tour, set over 1 evening cruise on Saturday & 2 full days driving – Sunday/Monday. Let loose on the roads of North Devon, 230 Mini’s in a convoy one after the other on the open road traveling around 30 mph, it is nearly 10 miles long and can take 15 to 20 minutes to pass you by.
We drove through many different towns and picturesque villages across North Devon, along tiny “unclassified” roads which were as wide as our driveway!! Took in amazing scenery along the way including sea torn Hartland Quay & ruggedness of The Vally of the Rocks.
We were looked after by the wonderful Knights and Damsels, on their motorbikes. Stopping us from getting lost, they didn’t stop the traffic – instead they asked the car drivers if it is ok for us to pass; most waved us by.
Thousands of people came into the streets to watch us go by. We invaded housing estates where people were sitting on their front lawns drinking tea and sipping glasses of wine and waving flags from behind homemade banners. Spectators filled lay-bys, roundabouts, bridges, balconies & Pubs laughing, smiling and waving as we drove though.
It was truly emotional for us, overwhelmed by the amount of people who must have stood or sat for ages in the most unlikely places.
On Monday part of the tour took us through the front gates of Little Bridge House, a Children’s Hospice set inside a quiet housing estate,……we honked our horns and made as much noise so the Children too poorly to look out of the windows or sit out front could hear us. Several children were sat in their wheelchairs with Mum’s, Dad’s, Carers & other staff waving flags & clapping.
Oh boy it was so emotional…. tissue overload – but this is the whole reason for the tour – to raise as much money for the Charity which supports Little Bridge House.