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Madcap drivers hand over rally proceeds
1:30pm Thursday 18th October 2012 in Bridport
MADCAP motorists from Beaminster have handed over the final donations from their Czech Wrecks Rally to Prague.
Reg Pielesz and Robin Ormsby – dubbed the Beaminster Bangers – clocked up over £1,568 by taking part in the rally drive across Europe.
Reg has already handed over £784 to the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at the Dorset County Hospital where his daughter Elodie, now four, was looked after.
Now he has presented the same amount to the Sandbanks cancer ward at Poole Hospital where the late Stephen Dewar of Beaminster was cared for.
Reg, of Beaminster, said: “Our thanks go to everyone who has supported us in any way, however big or small.
“Whether it is £1 or £300 all of the support is much appreciated.”
The money donated to Sandbanks is to be used specifically for the family room. Popular Stephen was cared for at Sandbanks before dying of a brain tumour aged 27.
His parents Malcolm and Pauline Dewar run the Red Lion at Beaminster. His sisters are Kerry, Carly and Sophie.
Reg said that their special thanks went to the Dewar family.
“All our love, thanks and support is with the Dewar family.
“Steve is always in our hearts.”
Mr and Mrs Dewar said that they wanted to thank Reg and Robin very much for raising the money.
Reg and Robin, drove a 2.2-litre Honda Accord, across Europe in the Czech Wrecks rally.
Reg said that it went well although he drove the journey back from Prague to Beaminster in one day.
“That was the hardest day.
“My only instruction to Robin was not to take me into Brussels but he managed to direct me in there. That was the only time it got heated or emotional but we got there in the end.”
The pair also did a good deed by picking up a hitchhiker at Calais and checked him into their car legally through the authorities.
They dropped him off at Gatwick airport on their way home through the south.
Reg said: “The last day was the most arduous.
“We left Prague at 9am and got in at Beaminster at about 4am.
“The car was out of this world and started on the button.
They sold the car and put the proceeds into the pot to be donated.
It ended up being shipped to Nigeria after a man bought it for his mother to use.