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UPDATE: 12 April 2022
The Challenge is on! Stephen and his crew member, Gemma, have entered an organised rally that goes through 9 countries in just 16 days!
The group depart from Hamburg, Germany on 19 June and will go via Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland, back to Hamburg for the 4 July. as Stephen and Gemma are departing from the UK they will go though the Netherlands to get to Germany – about 6000 miles in total.
You can read Stephen’s blog about the Porsche and challenge by visiting the Wild Spirit Adventure blog
If you would like to see your name on Stephen’s Porsche or donate please visit https://wildspiritadventure.co.uk/
You can also read more here: cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/my-crazy-6-000-mile-baltic-sea-circle-rally-adventure-in-6-9252288/
Jenny Hughes was a much-loved Retail Support Manager for Arthur Rank Hospice in 2017. Sadly, Jenny fell ill and was cared for at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity before she died last year, in 2020.
Jenny’s husband, Stephen, has arranged an ambitious fundraising challenge to help raise much needed funds for the Hospice to thank them for the care that Jenny, their three sons and the family received.
Inspiration for the Norway challenge
Previously, Jenny and Stephen had talked about visiting Norway and so, inspired by their conversations, Stephen is planning to renovate his 1980’s Porsche 944 and drive their boys through Europe, up to the most northerly point to Nordkapp, covering 5000 miles!
The Porsche’s history
Stephen bought the Porsche a few years ago and had planned to restore it for him to drive with Jenny. Sadly, he was unable to do this before Jenny died and it has been sitting on their driveway at home. With the help of their three boys, now aged 14, 13 and 8 years old, Stephen plans to get the Porsche ready before taking on the driving challenge next Summer in 2022.
A kind sponsor, who heard about the challenge also donated a collection of vintage miniature Porsche cars which were being sold at the Charity’s Regent Street shop in Cambridge, where staff put together a window display dedicated to their colleague and friend.
Helen Sheppard, Regent Street Shop Manager explained:
“She was a lovely lady, very caring, very kind and a wonderful friend to all.”
Stephen has set a target to raise up to £50,000 for the Hospice and will ask others to donate to the Charity in memory of Jenny. He plans to put the signatures of the donors on the bodywork of the car to thank them and to highlight his challenge on their journey.
“Arthur Rank Hospice made a huge difference to our lives following Jenny’s diagnosis with terminal cancer; we were able to do family memory making sessions to make scrapbooks and do fun activities with the kids; and Jenny could have aromatherapy and massage therapy to ease the pain. The care delivered by the Hospice Team really was exceptional in the last weeks of Jenny’s life.
I wanted to do my bit to help other families that find themselves in a similar situation, and at the same time do something that Jenny would be proud of. This adventure is totally out of my comfort zone and will push me to do things I’ve never done before, and hopefully raise a huge amount of much needed money for a great cause.”