20 December, 2006
The Blackburn Rover and its intrepid adventurers Julie and Peter Turner have exceeded their initial £20, 000 fundraising target. They will be departing from Blackburn Rovers on Boxing Day on the Plymouth to Banjul Challenge.
Peter Turner, a consultant with Forbes Solicitors, and his wife Julie are counting down to their month long, 4000 mile charity drive. The challenge involves driving a low cost vehicle from Plymouth to Banjul, capital of Gambia, on a limited budget. The challenge is in aid of Pendlebury Children's Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the National Autistic Society all charities close to the Turner's hearts.
The couple's granddaughter Annabel died in Pendlebury when she was 22 months old. The hospital relies on donations and Peter and Julie have nothing but praise for the way in which the staff cared for Annabel.
Peter and Julie's 5 year old granddaughter suffers from Autistic Spectrum Disorder which basically means that she is unable to express feelings and emotions. Peter said "the National Autistic Society does a great deal to help children like our granddaughter and we want to help them as much as possible".
The couple's 15 year goddaughter Caroline suffers from Cystic Fibrosis.
Peter said "We think we are raising money for three worthwhile charities. People have been very generous to date but we are very keen to raise even more." Anyone wanting to donate or follow their journey should visit the website at http://www.theblackburnrover.org.
A welcome back party is being held at Ewood Park on the evening of Saturday 27th January.