30 January, 2008
Two keen Rovers fans embarked on a 4,000 mile adventure across two continents and raised £30,000 for three charities.
Peter and Julie Turner who live in the Ribble Valley formed a team called 'The Blackburn Rover' for the Plymouth to Banjul Challenge which saw them drive over mountains and deserts during their three week journey.
The Turners funded the challenge themselves, including the purchase of a Land Rover Discovery, which was auctioned off at the end of the challenge for charitable causes in Gambia. The money raised was split equally between the National Autistic Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, and Pendlebury Children's Hospital and the presentation of the money was held at Ewood Park.
Peter, a consultant with Forbes Solicitors commented, 'many of our friends thought we were slightly crazy but they were very generous with their sponsorship. We would especially like to thank FGT Motor Engineers, Northcote Offsite and Blackburn Rovers.'
Pictured from left Gaynor Dale from the National Autistic Society, Natalie Cossins from Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Julie Turner, Peter Turner and Megan Edwards from Pendlebury Children's Hospital