Great Yarmouth duo David Bersconi and Ian Cade have raised £1,000 to help local children with disabilities and terminal illness.
Earlier this month (September), David, 53, and Ian, 48, took part in the trans-Europe Motoscape Rally alongside dozens of other competitors – all of whom were travelling in cars bought for £333 or less. Theirs was a £300 Ford Cougar V6. Their route took them from the UK through France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Austria, with the final stop on the 1,500 mile journey being Venice.
David, who works as a carer for the disabled in Great Yarmouth, said: “This wasn’t a race, more of a fun rally. The serious side of it is that we wanted to use this as a way of raising money for Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children to support vital equipment needs in Norfolk.”
Newlife is the largest charity funder of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness in the UK. It has supported 124 children in Norfolk with equipment totalling £153,398.
David added: “We had the time of our lives, but we didn’t get to do everything so are going again next year.”
Anyone wanting to support David and Ian’s fundraising efforts can go to www.justgiving.com/euro-banger and donate.
With applications to Newlife Foundation at an all-time high, the charity is increasingly looking to ‘local heroes’ to help fund life-changing equipment for local children.
David and Ian are continuing their support of Newlife and children in need in the county by collecting in aid of the charity at two Circus Starr performances in Great Yarmouth on Thursday 12 November. Two performances at The Racecourse in Jellicoe Road will give local disabled children the chance to see world-class acts in a relaxed Big Top atmosphere.
The Great Yarmouth shows are free of charge, with families invited from across the local area. Ringmaster Robert Price will be presenting acclaimed Mexican clown Chico Rico, The Kenyan Warriors, balancing act Las Chicas Morales and aerial acrobats the Serik Brothers, Romy Bauer and Victoria Antipova. For more information about Newlife Foundation’s work in Norfolk, go to www.newlifecharity.co.uk/norfolk.
All support services can be accessed via the Newlife Nurse Helpline – 0800 902 0095 (free from UK mobiles & landlines) or email email@example.com.
Pictured (L to R): David Bersconi and Ian Cade