June 14th: Our 2019 fund raising campaign closes tomorrow.

Donations have continued to arrive via our Just Giving pages and in cash from friends, neighbours and colleagues since we returned from Scotland however our 2019 fund raising campaign will end at midnight on Sunday, June 16th.

A huge, ‘mega’ thank you to all our supporters; your donations are going to be put to good use at Weston Park Hospital and at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Thank you to our hosts at the B&Bs we stayed in: John and Judy at Sennen Rise, Sennen, Jeff and Christine at Ashcroft Guest House, Haltwhistle, Jim and Aoife at Rosebank House, Blairgowrie, Moira at The Birches, Dingwall, Victoria at Clynelish Farm B&B in Brora, Vaughan and Susan at Craigroyston in Pitlochry and Jen and Val at The Park in Peebles. All made us very welcome and are well worth a visit if you’re in their area and looking for accommodation.

Special thanks to Steve McKie Sportscars, Chesterfield for preparing Riley Blue for our LeJoG drive. We really didn’t know whether such a long drive in such a short time would be too much for ‘RB’ especially as we wouldn’t be travelling over the smoothest of roads but it survived without any mishap though it is being treated to a suspension overhaul next week with reconditioned dampers all round. It’s the very least it deserves after 2000 miles of ‘shake, rattle and roll’! Other than a broken fuse and a faulty indicator relay (both replaced en route) it was an entirely fault free journey.

Thanks also to John at St Just Garage who came to our rescue when we phoned Britannia Rescue having arrived in Penzance with no indicators and without the necessary spare part – the look on his face when I replied “John O’Groats please” after he asked “If we have to take you to your destination, where would it be?” He hid his thoughts very well…
Thanks too to Tim Kelly, MG Specialist at St Agnes who, after we phoned to explain our predicament produced and fitted a replacement flasher relay, getting us on the road again within minutes.

One final very special ‘thank you’, to Gael, my partner and navigator. Last year Gael asked me if I would like to do something special for my 70th birthday. Little did she realise what the ‘something special’ might be: a drive from one end of mainland Britain to the other in a car older than she is, via B-roads and with her seeing very little of the passing scenery as she would be reading directions the whole way! Amazingly she went along with the hare-brained idea and it has been my best ever week’s motoring, there are no words…

Oh yes, remember the three bears: Riley, Frank and YT? They travelled the whole way with us as ‘riding mechanics’. Frank will soon be going to his new home with the winner of our ‘Guess the Distance’ competition. Riley and YT will be with us on our next adventure.

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