Two friends have raised more than £10,000 for Katharine House Hospice by taking part in the Monte Carlo or Bust Rally – a 1,000-mile race through Europe with more than 80 competitors.
Sallie Connery, a hairdresser at the hospice, joined her racing driver friend Liz Linford to take on the challenge in aid of Katharine House after seeing at first hand the care the charity gives to people facing life-limiting illnesses in and around Banbury.
The rally is a light-hearted event with competitors decorating their cars, dressing up like movie stars or superheroes and taking part in challenges to win prizes.
Sallie said: “It was a great adventure and an opportunity to raise funds for an essential support service for the local community that is so close to so many people’s hearts locally.”
Katharine House communications officer Chris Higgins said: “We are so grateful to Sallie and Liz for their fundraising efforts.
“The £10,000 they’ve raised could run our hospice services for a whole day, meaning we could carry on caring for almost 300 patients and their families in their homes, care homes, hospitals and in our hospice in Adderbury.
“They’ve been so positive and inspirational, coming up with so many exciting ways to raise even more money than just the sponsorship money from the rally –everything from pub quizzes to talks and showing off their car in market squares around local towns.
“It’s been great to keep up with their activities over the last few months.”
Pictured from left are Sallie Connery, Chris Higgins and Wendy Crosse from Katharine House and Liz Linford, with their Mazda MX-5.