Banger rally in memory of mum

Martin Copp is pictured with his VW Golf.

Martin Copp is pictured with his VW Golf. - Credit: Archant

Martin and friends hope to complete epic Barcelona rally in aid of North Devon Hospice.

A BIDEFORD man is taking part in a 1,500-mile European banger rally in memory of his mum.

Martin Copp and friends Russell Mumford and Carl Stapleton are embarking on the Barmy to Barcelona Rally in a £300 VW Golf convertable.

Their epic journey in aid of North Devon Hospice starts on July 4 and takes in nine countries, two mountain ranges and some of the continent’s most demanding roads before finishing in Barcelona just four days later.

“The chance of getting stranded round an Alpine mountain pass is a very real one,” said Martin, whose mum Maggie was cared for by the hospice before she died last year.


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“We’re putting a lot of faith in the car we’ve got, which is an old convertible and we hope this ridiculous mission will encourage people to support us so we can raise as much money as possible.

“The care that mum received from the hospice through her three-year battle with cancer was just amazing,” he said.

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“She found peace there and they were fantastic at supporting our whole family.

“The word ‘hospice’ scared me at first, but after spending so much time there I realised there is nothing to be scared of and it is actually an incredible place.

“I am so grateful to all the staff at the hospice for what they did for my mum, and I hope to raise lots of money so they can carry on supporting families just like mine.”

Martin and his team, named ‘Maggie’s Memory’ is encouraging local people and businesses to buy a sticker that will go on his car in return for a donation to the hospice.

“We have already got a fair few stickers on the car, so it is shaping up quite nicely.” he said. “But I’d like to see many more on there before we leave. Some people have had their company name on the car, while others have had the name or photo of a loved one, making a donation in their memory.”

Anyone wanting to have their own company name, logo, message or photo on Martin’s car for as little as £5 can call Martin on 07581 004559.

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