Epic European road trip organised by Wellingborough man raises £25,000 for charity

Carl Baldry took this snap of a stretch of road the group navigated whilst driving through Italy. wLDklFUnfToil8fGycvs

Carl Baldry took this snap of a stretch of road the group navigated whilst driving through Italy. wLDklFUnfToil8fGycvs

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A Wellingborough man has told of his delight after helping to raise more than £25,000 for charity by organising a marathon drive around Europe.

Carl Baldry and 57 others took part in the Rust Bucket Rally, where competitors drove 2,500 miles in four days across the continent in cars bought for less than £500.

By doing so he raised more than £25,000 for Northamptonshire charity Ups N Downs, which supports people with Down’s Syndrome.

And says the money will be “massive” to making sure they can continue their work.

He said: “We managed to raise £25,000 and donations are still coming in so hopefully we might even get close to £30,000.

“It’s absolutely massive for them, it’s a little charity that survives on not much money a year.

“This money will keep them going for a couple of years.”

The group returned home to a heroes’ welcome at The Red Lion pub in Cranford on Monday evening (June 6), having driven through France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy among other nations.

Mr Baldry, an airport transfer driver by trade, took to the road in a yellow Saab convertible which he snaffled for just £410.

The group made it back in one piece with little trouble - although one car had to be abandoned in Germany.

Mr Baldry added: “The trip was absolutely epic, we all had such a great time.

“We drove in all conditions, blazing sunshine, lightning, rain, snow, you name it.

“Twenty-one cars went but unfortunately we had a head gasket ‘fatality’ so one car had to be left somewhere in the south of Germany.

“It was pretty spectacular but I think my favourite part was coming back to such a big celebration with all of the people who have supported us.”

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