A Ripon quartet is getting set to take Europe by storm this spring as they travel to Barcelona in a silver “old banger” Saab.
Two couples, Phil and Gillian Moorhouse and Phil and Jill Scaife – who have been friends for more than 10 years and go by the fundraising name ‘Kidney Has Beenz’ – have transformed the 13-year-old car with a £250 budget to travel from Calais to Barcelona in three days in May for charity.
“We have decided to raise money for the Willow Foundation,” said Mr Moorhouse, 53. “Someone quite close to us had kidney failure and the Willow Foundation really helped her and gave her a special day out.”
“It’s all a bit of fun but we have become very serious about raising money,” said Phil, who has raised more than £800 so far with Kidney Has Beenz.
The first part of the group’s fundraising name was inspired by the experience, while the second part refers to the couples’ average age of 51.
“We have a zest and spirit for life,” said Phil, who has been segwaying and hovercrafting with his three pals in the past.
Their latest challenge – termed the Barcelona Banger Challenge because only “old banger” cars are allowed to trundle along the route – will see them set off on a mad dash across France into Spain, competing with each other to tick off a number of bizarre undisclosed challenges along the way. And in the true spirit of the event, Kidney Has Beenz have painted multi-coloured kidney beans on the car alongside their logo, and will be keeping hunger pangs at bay with a bowl of kidney bean sweets. The group will also relieve the claustrophobia of sharing just one car between four for 62 hours by donning doctors and nurses fancy dress outfits and listening to a special compilation of French music.
“It spices it up a bit and adds to the occasion,” said Phil. “We can do anything – we’re the Kidney Has Beenz!”
l If you would like to make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/Kidney-Has-Beenz