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Pair to drive from France to Monte Carlo in rally challenge

Damion Fuller (left) and Tom Nicholls (right) will be taking on the Monte Carlo or Bust Rally challenge. SUS-140904-170408001

Damion Fuller (left) and Tom Nicholls (right) will be taking on the Monte Carlo or Bust Rally challenge. SUS-140904-170408001

An Eastbourne man and his colleague will tackle a number of Top Gear-style challenges on a 900-mile drive through France, Switzerland and Italy to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Willingdon resident Tom Nicholls and Damion Fuller, who lives in Heathfield, will be taking on the Monte Carlo or Bust Rally in June, which will see them burn rubber across four different countries in a banger car that cost less than £250.

More than 100 banger cars from a variety of countries will be tackling the course and competing for points and prizes along the way but all will be doing so to raise money for a charity of their choice.

Tom and Damion, who met when working in a distribution centre called AFM, have elected to fundraise for GOSH after the hospital treated Tom’s younger brother for leukaemia.

Tom, 28, said, “My brother had leukaemia at 18 months old and was in hospital receiving radiotherapy, chemotherapy and an operation to exchange bone marrow, which I provided. He was in hospital for a total of four months. My brother is 27 and now lives in the Lake District. Taking part in this rally to raise money for GOSH is a thank you to GOSH for saving my brother and help towards saving the next children who need it.”

Their car, a 1990 Mazda MX-5 1.6L, will be embellished with a number of logos before taking on the challenge. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/nips or text “NIPS85” and an amount to 70070.

 

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