Lincoln fundraisers embark on 96-hour road trip in an ex-funeral car

A group of six friends from Lincoln have embarked on a four-day road trip, covering 2,400 miles across the UK in a 20-year-old ex-funeral car.

The group set off from Lincoln at 5am this morning and hope to return within 96 hours on Sunday, September 11 after their Top Gear-style challenge.

Nigel Bottom, Nigel Laing, Ian Sheldon, Paul Thompson, Darren Gourley and Adam Cox, all from Lincoln, have so far raised £6,000 for six chosen charities.

They are aiming to reach the highest and lowest, most easterly, westerly, northerly and southerly points of the UK in an old Rover limousine.

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The car they will use is a 20-year-old ex-funderal Rover limousine.

The trip:

  • Thursday, September 8 – Lincoln to Lowestoft (via Holme Fen, Peterborough) to Lands-End: approx. 650 miles
  • Friday, September 9 – Lands-End to St. David’s to Penrith: approx. 650 miles
  • Saturday, September 10 – Penrith to John O’Groats (via Ben Nevis): approx. 550 miles
  • Sunday, September 11 – John O’Groats to Lincoln: approx. 550 miles

The charities are:

  • Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance
  • St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice
  • Cancer Research UK
  • The National Autistic Society
  • RFU Injured Players Foundation
  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution
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The team aim to reach the highest and lowest, most easterly, westerly, northerly and southerly points of the UK in just four days.

The challenge was the brainchild of team member Nigel Bottom.

He said: “Its an old car and with six of us in it at one time it should be a real challenge to get us around the country and back again in 96 hours.

“We hope we and the car will make it!”

The group of friends currently have a Just Giving page set up for further donations they hope to receive whilst on their trip.