Two Ball Banger Rally in aid of Grove Cottage

Two Ball Banger Rally in aid of Grove Cottage

Two Grove Cottage supporters are seeking sponsorship from local businesses as they embark on a daring challenge across Europe that will test their mental state of mind, teamwork, driving and navigational skills. The ‘Two Ball Banger Rally’ will take the two friends, Alli and Nicky, almost 1,300 miles through 3 countries over 4 days in a banger, all to raise vital funds for local charity Grove Cottage.

This European road trip covers what some cars do in four months, in four days. Starting in Saint Quentin, France on 24th July, through Italy and finishing in Barcelona on 27th July. Taking in on route the French Alps and the Pyrenees mountains.

Allison Smith, 46 from Bishops Stortford, works in the highly acclaimed Special Needs Nursery at Grove Cottage and Nicola Rooke, 42 from Stansted is an operations manager for North Weald Flight Training Ltd. They decided to take on this rally, which will see them completing outrageous daily challenges, to test their mental state of mind, teamwork, driving and navigational skills…All in a car that costs under £567.

Alli has worked as a key person for the Ofsted Regulated Special Needs Nursery at Grove Cottage for over 3 years. The nursery offers so much more as it supports not only the children but the family as a whole. The nursery welcomes children under 5 with a variety of additional needs, providing early intervention and support. She says: “I have seen first-hand how this support has provided so many opportunities not just for the children attending Grove Cottage, but also the family. It has had such a positive impact and literally changed the lives of some families”.

Grove Cottage, the home of Bishops Stortford Mencap, also supports older children and adults of all ages through a wide range of social, creative, fitness and life skills clubs.  These clubs provide invaluable social and educational support to so many, as well as much needed respite for families.

Alli continues: “I have never driven abroad so to complete this incredible challenge would be an achievement in itself, but to be able to raise a lot of money for this amazing local charity, that means a lot to me, would be fantastic”.

It was Nicky who came across the ‘Two Ball Rally’ and said; “I thought this experience would be tough to take on, something that would test us from the start to finish”.  Alli jumped at the chance of doing it with her friend and using the opportunity to raise some vital funds for Grove Cottage.

The friends are now seeking sponsors to help them achieve their goal of raising as much as possible for this amazing local charity and want to thank their first sponsor:  “We want to say a massive thank you to ‘Croucher Needham’ accountants who have already offered to help support us by generously offering some sponsorship”.  Croucher Needham are dynamic and progressive entrepreneurial accountants in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex and London. They have a wide range of clients in the areas that they service from their offices in Saffron Walden, Bishop’s Stortford and throughout Beds, Herts and Essex. See their website

In exchange for sponsorship, local companies and organisations can benefit from extensive marketing exposure via their own personal social media accounts, as well as through Grove Cottage social media, website and email marketing campaigns. They will also be marketing offline through various fundraising events and activities to promote awareness and support.

To pledge your support please visit their Facebook page at ‘Al & Nicky’s Two Ball Beach Rally Challenge in aid of Grove Cottage’ or their Virgin Money Giving Page or call the Grove Cottage Fundraising Office on 01279 651908.


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