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DRIVE ANOTHER DAY: Northwood man and friends complete special European trip for MS Society 

 Published on: 9th October 2019   |   By: Alex Pearson   |   Category: Uncategorized

Four friends have raised over £12,500 for a charity close to their hearts in a trip which saw them travel 1,820 miles over eight countries. 

Ken Balneaves, Rob Hayward, Pete Collins and Martin Duffell who have a passion for cars, completed the European road trip with all money raised going to the MS Society. 

Ken, a longstanding Northwood resident, spoke about the special meaning behind the trip. 

He said: “We did it. 1,820 miles, eight countries, four days and four nights camping. But it was all worth it as we raised over £12,500 for The Multiple Sclerosis Society. 

“My good friend, Teresa Hayword, Rob’s wife, has had secondary progressive multiple sclerosis for around 25 years. Her condition has deteriorated over time and she is now completely confined to a wheelchair and needs full-time care. 

“We self-funded the trip, so all the money raised (and gift aid) will be given to the MS Society for continued research into treatments and, hopefully one day, a cure for this awful disease of the nervous system will be found, which affects over 100,000 people in the UK.”

Using two cars for the whole trip, the team of four split into two; Team Mustang and Team Bentley. 

The friends drove some of the iconic roads featured in the James Bond films, motoring through France, Switzerland, Austria, Ital, Germany and more. 

Ken thanked everyone for their support and donations along the way and said any last donations are welcome. 

“Many thanks to all of you who contributed (and there were many) to this great cause, but in case you missed it, our donation page is open until the December 13, so there’s still time,” added Ken. 

The fundraising page can be found here.

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