Wellingborough man to drive through seven countries in four days for Cransley Hospice

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A Wellingborough cabbie will drive across seven European countries in four days to raise money for charity.

Carl Baldry is taking on the mammoth ‘Rust Bucket Rally’ trek to Barcelona and back in a yellow Saab he bought for just £410.

Carl Baldry's trusty yellow Saab.

Carl Baldry's trusty yellow Saab.

Last year his trip to Venice raised £27,000 for Northamptonshire charity Ups N Downs.

Mr Baldry, who runs Baldrys Airport Transfers, said: “After the success of last year’s rally support has increased and this year there’s 27 cars going [as opposed to last year’s 21].

“Anyone who does it can only drive a car they’ve bought for £500 or less – I’ve kept the same car, as have a couple of others.

“This year we’re driving to Lausanne and then through the Mont Blanc Tunnel down to Barcelona.

“Then we’re going to Andorra and through the Pyrenees to Bordeaux, before going to Niort and Calais before getting back to the Red Lion in Cranford.

“We’ll be driving for at least 10 hours a day and I’ve never been to the Pyrenees so I’m really looking forward to that.

“I’ll have to get the suncream out!”

This year Mr Baldry and the other drivers are raising money for Cransley Hospice in Kettering.

Mr Baldry added: “Last year the money made a real difference and we want that to happen again.

“Cancer is one of those things that affects everyone at some point and everyone at Cransley does such an amazing job.

“Every penny they get, they deserve.”

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