Drivers take on Monte Carlo rally to raise cash for Alexander Devine

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A trip of a lifetime driving to Monte Carlo in a Doctor Who-themed car managed to raise £2,400 for the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service.

The team made up of Sally Stevens and her husband Chris, Jeni Kelly, Keith Barnes and Bob Newman took part in the Monte Carlo or Bust rally adventure which sees teams buy a car for less than £300.

The Devine Drivers headed to Monte Carlo in a 21-year-old Vauxhall called Monterey which was decorated in a Doctor Who theme.

Sally said: “It was the most fantastic experience. We managed to raise £2,400 - and if we raise another £100 we can get match funding, so we can raise £5000.

"We came 24th out of 87 cars, I believe. You score points for different challenges along the way.

"When we got to Monaco, we wanted a picture outside the casino, but the police wouldn’t let us park, so we had to walk up to it.

"A highlight was in Nice when our hotel reserved us VIP spaces outside the hotel for the car."

Sally added: "I recommend anyone do the challenge. Collectively all the cars together managed to raise over £50,000 for charity."

The Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service was set up in by the parents of eight-year-old Alex who died from a brain tumour. It provides care services to families with seriously ill children and is building a new children's hospice in Maidenhead.

Sally said: "Lots of people stopped us along the way and asked us about the car. It was honour to tell them about Alexander Devine and to share Alex’s story."

Visit www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/devinedrivers to donate to the team.

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