Fab four take on the Italian job for childhood stroke charity
Paul Fletcher and three friends have bought two £500 bangers to help them complete a mission with Italian flavour.
Their quest is to drive from Dover, Kent to Maranello Modena, in northern Italy – covering nearly 2,000 miles in just four days.
Cruising through France and Switzerland the quartet will be taking their cars – an Alfa Romeo GTV and a Fiat Punto bought on eBay – to Maranello - best known as the home of Ferrari, the Italian luxury sports car manufacturer, and the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One racing team.
The friends will be raising funds for Childhood Strokes – a sub-group of the East Kent Strokes charity (EKS).
EKS was created in early 2001 to help and support stroke survivors, their carers and families, by providing friendship and advice. EKS Childhood Strokes was formed to raise awareness among the medical profession and public.
According to the NHS, more than 150,000 people have a stroke every year. It is the third largest cause of death after heart disease and cancer.
A stroke is life-threatening condition brought on when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. It is estimated that 25 per cent of strokes happen in people under the age of 65 with children being among those affected.
Tim Redfern, chairman for the charity, says: “Approximately 500 children a year are thought to suffer a stroke in the UK. When my daughter had a stroke six years ago this number was around 300. Thanks to awareness raising, more and more strokes are now being recognised.” These figures are approximate as there is no official register for paediatric stroke.
Paul explains: “We chose MyDonate as it was really easy to set up and all the money donated goes direct to charity.”
He adds: “We found it to be very useful making QR codes that could directly link to our donation page. It was also easy for people to donate from overseas, such as last year when one member’s daughter wished to donate but she lived in Germany. With MyDonate she was able to do so with ease.”