This May, Alistair Drew from Mirfield along with four friends will be taking on the ‘Monte Carlo or Bust’ Rally, which will see them drive from Yorkshire to Nice and back again, via Belgium, Germany, Switzerland Italy and France. If this wasn’t challenge enough, they will be driving a clapped out ‘old banger’ and are aiming to cover the 4000 miles in just three days, in support of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT).

The team will set off from Yorkshire on 30th May in their 18 year old Saab 9-3 (pictured above), which already has 135,000 miles on the clock. To further add to the challenge, the car had to be found for less than £500. The first country stop will be Belgium, in the town of Namur. The journey will continue through the beautiful valleys of Luxembourg and the mountains of the Black Forest, before reaching the next stop in Freiburg, Germany. The next day, the team will head into picturesque Switzerland where they will navigate some tricky routes ascending up to the Gotthard’s Pass, a mountain pass in the Swiss Alps. Crossing the famous Devil’s Bridge in their descent, Alistair and the team will find their next stop in Lake Como, Italy. Roads through the Italian countryside will take them to Nice, then to their final destination of Monte Carlo, and from there they will head back to home soil in Yorkshire through France. Alistair said:

“I’m feeling a little daunted but completely energised! It’s going to be a fun but difficult challenge. There are going to be ups and downs, both on the road and emotionally, but I’m doing it with great friends so we will support each other all the way!”

The team are taking on this challenge to raise funds and awareness for CPT’s pioneering research into a cure for Parkinson’s, a cause close to Alistair’s heart, as he has experienced the effects of the condition first hand. Alistair said:

“Parkinson’s has had a direct impact on me and my family since my Dad (pictured above with Alistair) was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013. CPT is a fantastic charity that dares to believe and I’m hoping to raise awareness and hopefully a little money along the way for this amazing charity. I’ve set up a JustGiving Page for donations and would urge people to support this great cause.”

CPT is enormously grateful to Alistair and the team for taking on this incredible challenge. To read more of Alistair’s story or to support his fundraising please visit his fundraising page.