A journey of 1,000 miles in a car costing less than £500 was the charity challenge for four North Devon men.

The group celebrate raising more thna £3,000 for Families in Grief with charity chairman Catherine Langford. Picture: contributedThe group celebrate raising more thna £3,000 for Families in Grief with charity chairman Catherine Langford. Picture: contributed

Paul ‘Shortie’ Short, Simon Johns, Richard Cutler and Richard Jeffery took part in the Monte Carlo or Bust Champagne Charlie Car Rally for Families in Grief.

It is a charity dear to Paul’s heart following the death of his wife and the support given by the charity to his daughter Jasmine.

The foursome had to drive from Westward Ho! to Nice in just four days, taking part in challenges along the way and wearing different fancy dress each day.

Among other things, they juggled eggs, found willing participants to take part in a Mexican wave, and all appeared in a photograph wearing motorcycle helmets.

The North Devon group on the road during Monte Carlo or Bust. Picture: contributedThe North Devon group on the road during Monte Carlo or Bust. Picture: contributed

They also dressed in Morph suits, and recreated Queen’s I want to Break Free video.

So far they have raised more than £3,000 for Families in Grief.

Unfortunately they did not quite reach the finish line of the rally, as their car broke down for good some 12 miles from Monte Carlo and 30 miles from Nice.

Families in Grief is a bereavement charity that supports families across North Devon and the Torridge area.

Paul’s daughter Jasmine was helped by the charity through one of its teenage support groups.

She also appeared on last year’s BBC Children in Need South West fundraising night as an ambassador for the charity.

Families in Grief chairman of trustees Catherine Langford said: “A huge thank you to the guys and everyone that sponsored them, we are over the moon.”

You can still donate towards their total if you wish via a Virgin Money Giving page – simply CLICK HERE.

Families in Grief FIG) is a group of trained volunteers who are passionate about supporting grieving children young people and their families.

Its works includes running groups for bereaved children and teenagers and their families.

Typically it runs two groups a year for teens aged 13 to 19 and some five groups a year for children.

All groups are free and run for several weeks, usually with around four to five families taking part at a time.

To find out more about the charity, go to http://familiesingrief.org .