Mark Major and his partner Victoria Moore, from Braunton, are taking part in the Screwball Rally in September 2017 for North Devon’s new cancer and wellbeing centre.

A Braunton couple is preparing to take on a 1,700-mile journey across Europe to raise funds for a new cancer and wellbeing centre.

Mark Major, and his partner Victoria Moore, are taking part in the Screwball Rally in September.

Their five-day journey starts on September 21 at Dover, and will take them through the Stelvio Pass, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, along alpine roads to Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and then back to Dover.

The Screwball Rally is an annual charity event that attracts more than 80 teams each year.

The rules are that each vehicle must not cost more than £750 and a minimum of two people must be in each car, which can be filled with as many people as the car can legally carry.

Mark, 41, and Victoria, 33, have purchased a 1995 Rover 214 SEI car which they have customised with lots of logos.

They have named their fundraising mascot Yankee, after their good friend Laura who is battling cancer.

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Mark said: "Taking part in the Screwball Rally has always been a dream.

"All the stop-overs are camping, so let's have those fingers crossed the weather is kind.

"We decided to complete this rally for a charity that is very close to our hearts; the Over and Above charity's new Cancer and Wellbeing Centre Appeal.

"We have several friends who are being treated for cancer and the new cancer centre will be a great support to them."

Over and Above fundraising officer Julie Whitton said: "I can't think of anything better than driving through Europe on a fun-filled five days of fun with likeminded people driving through so many countries and enjoying the food and the new friends they will meet."

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To find out more about the appeal, visit call 01271 311772 or email