Car rally raises £60,000 for local charity

A car rally event that sees participants buy a car for less than £500 and drive it across Europe has raised £60,000 for Children Are Butterflies, a Northampton-based charity that provides support to bereaved families who have lost children.

The Rust Bucket Rally took place from Friday 7th June to Monday 10th June and saw 123 people take part in 51 cars. Drivers took their ‘rust buckets’ from England to France, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium, completing a journey of 2,500 miles.

The Rust Bucket Rally was created by Carl Baldry of Baldrys Airport Transfers in 2014 and has since raised £176,500 for local causes including Niamh’s Next Step, Ups N Downs and Cransley Hospice.

“I started the Rust Bucket Rally in 2014 after watching actor Idris Elba do a Cannonball Run across America on TV,” said Carl. “I put a post on Facebook saying I would love to do something like this and the response lead me into organising my own event and the Rust Bucket Rally was born!

“This year’s rally was epic - the most enjoyable one to date - with 95% of people saying that they are signing up for next year. The amount of money we have raised this time hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I know it’s a huge number but with lots more rallies planned I am looking further ahead and would like to keep on fundraising.”

Carl is now looking at arranging two Rust Bucket Rallies for 2020, one from 5th- 8th June and one for 24th -27th July.

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