Mission accomplished for Charity Challenge
A vehicle strap snapping on the motorway, the support van breaking down and a double booking at the hotel the day before the challenge was to start, all seemed to be a sign of things to come; but nothing was going to stop our team in completing the Charity event in aid of Cancer Research, when the reason behind it was so important.
The event was established to honour the memory of a dear friend and colleague, Alan Buxton, who lost his battle with Cancer earlier this year. Alan, who had been with Charles Yorke for 8 years, was a valued member of the team and a tremendous mentor to many of the people who work there; past and present. So, when Alan left his infamous Robin Reliant to his son Mark Buxton, close friend and Sales Director James Ellis, thought it fitting to organise a charity challenge in honour of Alan, for Cancer Research, involving the three wheeled car!
The challenge, taken on by James and Mark, was to drive from Lands End to John O’Groats in the three wheeled Robin Reliant in only three days. At the limited speed of 60mph, the 984mile journey was completed with an afternoon to spare! The pair managed to raise over £2500, which was more than they thought possible.
James Ellis says “I am amazed at the amount of money that has been pledged to the charity. We are so grateful to everyone for their support as this charity is close to our hearts; Alan was a fantastic friend and work colleague, who will be incredibly missed. The challenge was hard and a little bit painful being sat in the Robin for so long, but all in all it was nothing compared to the pain Alan had to go through, and the thousands more each year who do as well. The money raised will go a little way in helping these people and supporting their families throughout this horrible illness.”
“We have called this years charity challenge the Buxton Challenge 2013 after Alan, and we hope to continue organising an event like this one every year. We have already decided to cycle the Coast to Coast next year for the Buxton Challenge 2014!”