‘Scumrun’ rally driving success

Adrian  Wellen, Harry Jinks, Celia Joseph, Reuben Balderson and (front)  Malcolm  Smith and Shaun Hodgett who took part in the Mutts Cutts Scumrun challenge EMN-150606-002737009

Adrian Wellen, Harry Jinks, Celia Joseph, Reuben Balderson and (front) Malcolm Smith and Shaun Hodgett who took part in the Mutts Cutts Scumrun challenge EMN-150606-002737009

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Two teams from Market Deeping and one from Spalding endured a 3,000 mile, four day ‘Scumrun’ car rally across Europe to raise money for the type one diabetes charity, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Malcolm Smith and Ady Wellan set up the team Mutts Cutts on behalf of a friend who has battled with the disease since a child.

Team Mutts Cutts and team No Direction made up of Shaun Hodgett, Harry Hinks, and Reuben Balderson, had to buy a car for no more than £500 for the trip.

No Direction picked a Citroen Xsara Picasso, and Team Mutts Cutts picked a Chrysler Grand Voyager, which was changed into a copy of the Mutts Cutts from the film Dumb and Dumber, with the help from the company Productive Design.

Eighty-five teams from across the UK assembled at Dover ready for the off with no idea where they would be heading, each morning teams received instructions and postcodes.

After arriving in France, the journey included a hairpin drive through the Alps, a photo shoot at the Monaco Grand Prix, a camp out on the Lake Zurich and the Nurburgring in Germany.

On the final day Malcolm Smith said: “With sore heads we headed to the ferry terminal for the trip back tired, weary but full of lasting memories of the most amazing trip!” The teams raised £7,353 for JDRF, with the whole event raising a total of £126,000.

Malcolm Smith and Ady Wellan said: “We would like to thank everyone who sponsored us for this worthy charity and hopefully through the money we have raised we can help make a difference for children affected by type one diabetes.”

The JDRF aims to find a cure to type one diabetes which affects 400,000 people in the UK, including 29,000 children.

Celia Joseph, JDRF’s regional fundraiser for the East of England, said: “This wonderful support from both teams helps us raise awareness of type one diabetes which is a serious and often misunderstood condition, and also helps us support research.

“We’re very thankful to everyone concerned for helping us to make another small step towards this cure.”

To donate to Malcolm and Ady’s just giving page visit https://www.justgiving.com/MalcandAdy/

To find out more information about the JDRF visit https://www.jdrf.org.uk/