Adventure and fun were very much part of the plan when three charity fundraisers from The Bennie Group set off to drive from John O’Groats to Land’s End. Taking part in aid of the Lighthouse Club, which raises money to help those within the construction industry who find themselves in need of support, the team took part in the trek that covers the more than 1000 mile trip between this island’s furthest points.
Simon Lewis from Midland Forklifts, Peter Tye from Barton Plant and John Brooks from Peter Bennie Ltd began the drive in their specially modified Toyota pick-up truck complete with working model lighthouse on the back.
From John O’Groats they were given instructions on where to head for the next stage of the journey, crossing the country until they reached Britain’s most southerly point in Cornwall.
“We took it in turns to drive, navigate and rest, but also decided that driving for around 13 or 14 hours each day for two days wasn’t as much of a challenge as we wanted, so we added a little extra challenge of our own,” said Simon Lewis. “At John O’Groats and Land’s End, and at Ullswater on the way down, we set ourselves the extra challenge of going for a swim in the sea and in the lake. It’s not warm at this time of year, and we agreed that it had to be full immersion, not just a quick paddle – so that was probably the worst bit.”
The team is hoping that the charity trip will raise in the region of £6,000 when all donations are counted. As well as sponsorship for the event itself, fundraising events have been held closer to home, including Midlands Forklift’s charity fish and chip lunch at the beginning of October.
“We knew when we set off that we had topped £5,000, which is fantastic, but we are hoping it will end up nearer six,” said Simon.
Anyone who wishes to donate to the Peter Bennie team can find out how to do so by emailing Simon Lewis, email@example.com or by ringing 01536 720444