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Roundabout Bangers and Cash Charity Rally: A Journey to Remember


Roundabout Bangers and Cash Charity Rally: A Journey to Remember

At the heart of South Yorkshire, a remarkable charity named Roundabout is tirelessly working to provide shelter, support, and essential life skills to young individuals between the ages of 16 and 25 who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness. Their commitment to making a difference in the lives of vulnerable youth is truly inspiring. Recently, 21 teams from all over South Yorkshire embarked on an incredible adventure to support this local charity - the Roundabout Ltd Bangers and Cash Charity Rally.

The teams were given the challenge of purchasing an affordable 'banger' car within a £1,500 budget. Our selected vehicle happened to be a Mercedes CLK 320. Although it had been dormant for an extended period and required some tender loving care to bring it back to life, it was a stunning car to take on the trip. A special mention should be made of the strikingly painted bonnet, an artistic creation generously contributed by the local artist Lisa Maltby, in support of the charity.

fletchers waste bangers and cash car

A Thrilling Start

The journey began at Meadowhall, where the enthusiastic team from Fletchers Waste set off on their epic adventure. Their final destination? Munich, Germany. But the route they took was far from ordinary. This charity rally was more than just a road trip; it was a whirlwind of challenges, camaraderie, and unforgettable experiences.

Day One of Chasing Challenges Across Europe

They hopped on a ferry from Hull to Rotterdam, kicking off their journey across Europe. The days that followed were a whirlwind of excitement and challenges. They drove through Thorn, Valkenburg, Three Countries Point, Nurburgring, and Andernach's Geyser. The scenery was breathtaking, and the camaraderie among the teams was heartwarming.

Splashes of Adventure

One of the journey's highlights was the day they ventured from Koblenz to Konstanz. The team not only experienced breathtaking views but also took on the thrill of swimming in the mighty Rhine River. It was a day filled with adrenaline and unforgettable memories.

three fletchers colleagues swimming in the Rhine River

A Fairy Tale Come True

The adventure continued from Konstanz to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This day, in particular, would forever be etched in their memories. Driving through the Flexenpass, they were treated to a sight straight out of a fairy tale - Neuschwanstein Castle, the enchanting Disney princess castle. To add a touch of whimsy to the experience, their Transport Manager, Tom Moran, embraced the role of Snow White, much to the enjoyment of other tourists who asked for pictures with him!

Scaling New Heights

On Day 5, the challenges kept coming. The team conquered Zugspitze Mountain, Germany's highest peak. From there, they made their way to Munich, the team's final destination. Here, they celebrated their incredible journey at the Roundabout Awards evening. It was a fitting end to a truly extraordinary adventure.

Overcoming the Odds

Of course, adventure is only complete with its fair share of challenges, and this rally was no exception. The team faced a few minor car troubles along the way. However, their trusty mechanic, Carl Hook, expertly handled the issues, ensuring they could confidently continue their journey.

A Remarkable Achievement

The Roundabout Ltd Bangers and Cash Charity Rally was a thrilling adventure and a resounding success in terms of fundraising. Thanks to the generous support of sponsors for us and the other 21 teams, an impressive £12,820 was raised during the rally. But that's not all – in total, Roundabout has raised an astounding £80,000 from this year's Bangers and Cash Rally. This remarkable achievement is a testament to the dedication of everyone involved.

A Journey Worth Remembering

In conclusion, the Roundabout Bangers and Cash Charity Rally was not just a road trip across Europe but a journey of compassion, camaraderie, and charity. The teams braved challenges, scaled mountains, and dressed up as fairy tale characters, all in the name of supporting South Yorkshire's youth homeless charity. We're proud to have been part of this fantastic trip, raising funds for such a crucial local cause. It's a journey worth remembering that, thanks to our sponsors, will undoubtedly impact the lives of local young people in need.

Thank you, especially to Advetec, Roy Hatfield, KH Plant Training, BHP, BW Skip Hire, Agg-Pro Ltd, Your IT, Freeths, Yorkshire Alloys, TANA Recycling, Brocklebank & Co Ltd, Apollo Fuels, Global Machinery Solutions, Midsoft, Materials Market, CRS NI, TDL Equipment, West Minster Waste, Gillett Environmental, Jones Skip Hire, MachTech Services, Peter Hoare Insurance, LB Hydraulics.