Don't miss a story sign up to the North Somerset Times FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Nailsea man completes Europe road trip for hospice

PUBLISHED: 20:00 23 October 2017

Dan Wright with Kylie Gallagher from Children's Hospice South West.

Dan Wright with Kylie Gallagher from Children's Hospice South West.

Supplied

A Nailsea man has raised thousands of pounds for charity after completing a European road trip in memory of his grandad.

Dan Wright’s grandad, Dave James, died on Easter Sunday in 2015 after a long battle with cancer.

After moving to France around 15 years ago, Dave bought a Citroen 2CV and agreed to restore it with his grandson.

But the project was never completed and the car wasn’t used again, until Dan and university friend Alex Williams decided to take it on a 2,000-mile trip around Europe to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) – the chosen charity at Dave’s funeral.

Dan, aged 24, said: “When Dave passed away Nan gave me the car and of course I had to complete what I had promised and restore the car.

“The car was near Bergerac in France completely stripped down to a bare shell, so we arranged for it to be shipped back to the UK where I could easily work on it.

“While rebuilding the car I had decided to take it on a European road trip and raise money for the hospice.”

The trip saw the pair travel through five countries and stop off at some of the most iconic racing locations on the continent, including the Nurburgring in Germany where he met up with a Top Gear presenter.

Dan added: “While on the trip, I decided I wanted to take the car around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, a 13-mile race track nicknamed the Green Hell.

“When racing is not on, it is a public toll road with no speed limits. Basically, a pay-as-you-go race track and a completely unsuitable place to take a 2CV, but as Dave was someone who was always up for a challenge it seemed a fitting tribute.

“While we were there we met Sabine Schmitz, the current BBC Top Gear presenter made famous for being one of the fastest people around the circuit.

“She made a personal donation and supported everything we were doing.

“In total, we covered 2,000 miles in seven days in a car designed simply to carry a basket of eggs across a ploughed field.”

After the weekend in Germany, Dan and Alex returned to the UK via Le Mans.

Dan has since visited CHSW’s base in Wraxall, to hand over a cheque worth more than£4,200.

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 15:59

A vets practice will be appearing on television screens tomorrow (Monday).

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

Burnham MP James Heappey says ministerial support is needed to find out which farms are causing the town’s bathing water quality issue.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

Money to build a new primary school for pupils living in Kingston Seymour and Yatton has been agreed by North Somerset Council.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

This week’s readers’ photos sent, through iwitness24.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

A Portishead nursery is holding a relaunch morning after a large refit was carried out this month.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:51

Roadworks will begin on the M5 tomorrow (Monday).

Read more
Yesterday, 06:59

A former drama school principal is launching a monthly event in Yatton for people who are not in full-time employment.

Read more
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Inspectors have given Avon and Somerset Constabulary a ‘good’ rating and highlighted significant improvements it has made to reduce crime.

Read more
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Two new bells will be cast for a North Somerset church, where its dedicated team of ringers is hoping to keep the campanology tradition going.

Read more
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Bristol Airport has taken top spot in four categories in the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) third quarter survey.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the North Somerset Times e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 12°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Clevedon Tide report

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder

Find planning applications