THREE friends from Montrose have raised £2,000 for the Rhys Allan Fund, £1 for every mile they covered on a rally through Europe.
Robert Ritchie, Daniel Cabrellie and Graeme MacPherson took part last year in the annual Screwball Rally which took them through France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium in an 18-year-old Ford Sierra bought for less than £750.
The idea was first put forward by Robert two years ago, but the trio only got around to entering last year and Daniel, a schoolfriend of Rhys’s dad Gary, suggested they could undertake the journey for Rhys’s fund.
The fund was set up by Gary and wife Penny to help meet the continuing cost of care for three-year-old Rhys, who suffers from cerebral palsy.
Just before leaving Montrose, however, a major leak was discovered in the Sierra’s fuel tank which almost scuppered the trip. Help was at hand in the form of local company Green Park Garage, which sourced a replacement tank and fitted it free of charge to allow Daniel, Robert and Graeme to take on the challenge.
l Daniel, Robert and Graeme are pictured handing over their £2,000 to Rhys.