Newport to Monte Carlo challenge for fundraisers

First published in News

A NEWPORT man and three friends will undertake a daring road trip to Monte Carlo and back in a £250 car to raise money for a charity.

Ringleader Alan Webb, 27, of Amelia Way, will start the trip with Greg Richards, 25, Dale Stibbs, 24, and Matthew Rees, 23, next Thursday. He hopes they will reach Monte Carlo by Sunday, June 8.

They are raising money for the Huntingdon’s Disease Association because one of Mr Webb and Mr Richards’ colleagues at Newport-based IAC Industrial Automation, Iain Burgess, suffers from the disease.

Mr Webb said he had the idea for the trip in February and set about finding a suitable car for it. Eventually, he bought a Peugeot 306 that has already travelled 102,000 miles from a manager at work.

Mr Webb said: “We’re trying to keep the car nice and fresh for the trip so we haven’t used it too much. As long as it does the other 2,000 miles from Monte Carlo and back, I’m happy.”

And as part of the fundraising effort the car has been spray painted for free by graffiti artist Bryce Davies, who works for Peaceful Progress in Cardiff.

So far the four have raised about £600 and Mr Webb plans to sell the car on the group’s return to raise more money for the charity.

To donate to the fundraising appeal, visit

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