early September to take part in the Pavestone Rally 2017. Following the now-proven format of buying an old banger for under £500 and then decorating it, the 38 teams set off from Dover on a four-day, 1,300 mile, 10-country adventure. This year the teams visited nine countries on their way to Monte Carlo then on to Nice for an awards dinner. Proceeds from the rally, which was organised and supported by Pavestone UK, were to be split between the Rainy Day Trust and Teenage Cancer Trust. Each team was set a target of £1,500 to be raised for the charities but three teams raised over £10,000 each. Points were awarded for completing tasks each day while wearing fancy dress, with bonus points for imagination and ‘team spirit’. The teams crossed the Channel by ferry dressed as doctors and nurses to the confusion of the regular ferry passengers.


Once docked at Calais, the cars split as they drove

nce again an adventurous group of people from across the home improvement sector came together in

across Belgium to an industry lunch in Ghent before heading down to Luxembourg for the first night stop. “The cars were running well and no-one got lost; always a good start,” said Rainy Day Trust CEO Bryan Clover. “The first day’s tasks included being photographed with a policeman, giving a piggyback to a stranger and seeing how many people you could squeeze into your car. Apparently, it’s possible to get 12 people into a large Volvo. “On day two, teams left Luxembourg dressed ‘freestyle’ and headed south through Switzerland on to Vaduz in Lichtenstein. The first problems with cars began to appear but most were fixed quickly. Quite how so many teams managed to be photographed with everyone on or in a fire engine, I’m not sure. “We left Vaduz for Imst on the

third day and a 1.5km toboggan run to earn more points dressed in an ‘ancient’ theme. The cars then headed south over the Stelvio Pass at 9,045ft above sea level. The toll on the cars began to show as brakes and clutches suffered on over 60 hairpin bends both up and down. Challenges for the day included singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to a

Rainy Day Trust CEO Bryan Clover said the fun charity event is “gathering momentum”

stranger, collecting something over 4ft long and wrapping a team member in toilet roll from head to foot; we chose our mascot toy tortoise ‘Tiberius’ as we felt he was suitably ‘eco-friendly’. That night everyone arrived in Verona amid a huge thunderstorm accompanied by a deluge of rain. “Our final day was a simple 400- mile drive across to the casino in Monte Carlo, then on to Nice for the awards dinner. At the front of the casino, Ferrari seemed to be having a show so the arrival of 38 bangers, liberally decorated attracted some strange looks”. At the evening’s awards dinner

Aaron Frogley from Pavestone presented the winner’s trophy to the BMF/First Event team with Chandlers Building Supplies a close second. The Best Fundraising Team Trophy went to the NBG Ninjas for raising over £17,000. In second place was Thomas Dudley with Lawsons Building Supplies in third. “What stood out for me was the strength of bond between the teams,


the willingness to help other teams in distress and above all, have a great time,” continued Bryan. “The event is certainly gathering momentum. The Rally was a huge success in every sense: not only from a fundraising and organisational perspective but socially. Everyone at the Rainy Day Trust thank Aaron Frogley and Pavestone UK for the immense amount of time, energy and hard work that they put into the Rally. The money raised will be invaluable in helping people from our industry”. Burg-Wächter marketing director and leader of Team Sterling, Rex Atkins added: “This year’s Pavestone Rally was a very well- organised, interesting and fun event. All entrants can be proud of raising over £155,000 to date, far exceeding the target of £100,000. Reaching the top of the famous Stelvio Pass in Italy was our personal highlight of the rally – we even found room in the Burg Tractor to pick up a few stragglers whose car had broken down along the way.”

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