Thursday 17 July, 2014
Staff from classic car specialist Lancaster Insurance ‘clubbed together’ to raise £275 for customer, Les Durrant, from Chester, who is embarking on a charity road trip across America. The fundraising fun took place on the 27 June, at the Lancaster offices in St Ives, Cambridge, where activities included a Where’s Wally quiz, raffle, 1980’s fancy dress, a ‘bake off’ and Space Invaders and Pacman themed games.
Driving across the historic Route 66, with his wife and grandson, Les Durrant is hoping to raise £25,000 for Parkinson's UK, MS Support Centre and the Michael J Fox Foundation after being diagnosed with the disease five years ago at the age of 53.
Les said: “Last year my wife and I toured around Europe in my 40 year old Ford Escort, visiting 14 countries in 14 days and raised more than £12,000 for Parkinson's charities. This year we’re hiring a 1974 Ford Mustang Mach 1 to drive along the historic Route 66. We have also added a new team member this year, my 11 year old grandson, Daniel. We begin on the 3rdAugust in Boston and finish on the 17thAugust in LA. This is likely to be the last event we do as the fatigue, caused by my condition, increases.”
He added: “Parkinson's doesn't just affect the sufferer. It has a massive impact on family, friends and colleagues too. Prior to noticing symptoms, I was a confident person who thrived on being the centre of attention. This started to change and I found myself having complete lack of confidence in my ability. Apart from the visible symptoms, I have significant fatigue and pain in my joints. If this cash contributes to a breakthrough in finding a cure for this debilitating disease, that would be fantastic. Anyone can fall victim to Parkinson’s and we need to find an immediate cure.”
Lancaster Insurance’s Car Club Manager, Andrew Misseldine, said: “Les is a fellow classic car enthusiast, and as soon as we heard what he had planned, we just had to get involved - it’s such a fantastic cause. The team at Lancaster are so proud to have raised money to help him reach his target and we wish him and his family the best of luck on their road trip.”
To find out more about Les Durrant’s charity road trip or to donate please visit www.californiaorbust.co.uk