Ever broken down while driving on the continent? Spending an
afternoon trying to explain to a mechanic in rural Normandy why your car won’t
start, fumbling with your limited French remembered from school and old
episodes of ‘Allo! Allo!’, is no mean feat.
You’ll have sympathy for David Thomas and his team, The L’aime Ducks, as they race across France, Switzerland and Italy in an elderly Honda as part of the Crumball Rally. The team of four are all in their late sixties and none of them claim to be petrolheads, while the race is notorious for cheap and aging vehicles breaking down along the way.
It was a no brainer about who to raise money for when we drive in the Crumball Rally this year
10 years ago David competed in the rally with his younger
brother Michael and after their impressive win that year, Michael went on to
compete in a further nine Crumball Rallys.
“The rally was always Michael’s passion,” says David, “and
after his death in 2018 from pancreatic cancer, I knew that the best way to
honour his memory would be to compete again.
“St Christopher’s Hospice led a team of medical
professionals in caring for my brother and I had no idea that they were a
charity! I couldn’t believe that organisations paid for by the tax payer looked
to a charity for guidance in how to provide excellent end of life care. It was
a no brainer about who to raise money for when we drive in the Crumball Rally
‘The Italian Job’ is the theme of the race and over three days from Friday 6 September to Sunday 8 September David and The L’aime Ducks will be rattling across Europe with the aim of raising £5,000 for St Christopher’s. If you’d like to support the team in their challenge visit their Virgin Money Giving page.