Pals' Dr Who charity trek from Blackwood to Munich

South Wales Argus: Blackwood to Munich Ramshackle Rally. (left to right) Richard Shelton, Rhys Davies, and Anthony Wood prepare to leave in their Tardis inspired VW Golf.  (1169522) Blackwood to Munich Ramshackle Rally. (left to right) Richard Shelton, Rhys Davies, and Anthony Wood prepare to leave in their Tardis inspired VW Golf. (1169522)

THREE friends set off on a Blackwood to Munich charity trek yesterday in a £300 car - each dressed as Dr Who.

Richard Shelton, 39, Antony Wood, 39, both from Pontllanfraith, and Rhys Davies, 30, from Bridgend, are making the journey in a 22-year-old VW Golf from the Valleys to Munich, Germany - and back again - in aid of Parkinson's research.

Mr Shelton, dressed as David Tennant's Dr Who as the trio departed Libanus Primary School in their TARDIS-themed car, decided to take part in the Ramshackle Rally as his father David, 76, has Parkinson's.

"Three years ago I took part in a similar rally across Europe to Croatia," explained Mr Shelton, who will be making a video log of the trip, alongside 20 other teams.

"We want to raise between £1,000 and £2,000 for Parkinson's UK and have £800 so far."

If the car fails mechanically the trio are hoping some of their fellow riders can help out on the 1,800-mile journey from Calais to the French Alps, through Italy past Lake Garda, into Slovenia and ending up in Munich on Tuesday. The team can then choose a shorter route home, said Mr Shelton.

Children at Libanus Primary School in Pontllanfraith waved off the trio, who the pupils have been talking about as part of a school project.

To follow the team's progress, visit www.the3doctors.com

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