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Britain to Benidorm in aid of WAA

A group of friends from Wrexham are driving from the UK to Benidorm in a revamped van to raise lifesaving donations for a Welsh helicopter charity.

Gareth Roberts, Damien Thomas, Alun Roberts and Shaun Roberts are taking on the Benidorm or Bust Rally in June, to fundraise for Wales Air Ambulance.

The rally raises thousands of pounds for charity every year, asking participants to fix up a car that costs no more than £500, and drive to the seaside resort in Spain over four days.

The group from Wrexham decided to complete the car rally in aid of Wales Air Ambulance, and refurbished an old Suzuki Vitara to resemble the charity’s lifesaving aircraft.

Leah Thomas, event administrator, said: “We are all in the Wrexham area now, but originally are from Bala and Llanuwchllyn.

“Being somewhere that is 30 miles from a hospital makes us realised that Wales Air Ambulance is essential in urgent care.

“Every person on the team has a relative or friend that needed the air ambulance service.

“So, when we here of the Benidorm or Bust Rally, there was no discussion over which charity to do it for.”

The rally car has been transformed to resemble Wales Air Ambulance’s red helicopter – sporting the green dragon tail that can be spotted on the charity’s aircraft.

In June, the red van will make the 1,400 mile drive to Benidorm, to raise donations to fund lifesaving helicopter missions across Wales.

Lynne Garlick, Wales Air Ambulance North Wales Fundraising Manager, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Gareth, Damien, Alun and Shaun for fundraising for us.

“Their donations will help keep our helicopters flying, so that we can come to the aid of people across Wales in their hour of need.”

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