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Monte Carlo or bust to support young people with cancer

Mark Cleminson and Carl Henderson (right). Both employees Mark and Carl are on the team with James Lund and Gary Dudson who are the Directors of Penrith Building Supplies.

[A] team from Penrith Building Supplies will be aiming to reach Monte Carlo in a £500 banger to raise vital funds to help young people with cancer.

This September the team (the most Northern-based team entering!) will take part in the Pavestone Rally, which will see more than 30 cars compete to be the quickest to drive from Dover to Monaco. The cars should cost no more than £500 and teams can be a maximum of four people strong.

Throughout the Rally, the teams will have a series of challenges to complete, dressed in fancy dress throughout. Points are awarded for challenges completed successfully, quality of fancy dress and age and engine size of the car – the older and more dilapidated the car, the more points you get!

The teams will also be competing to raise the most money for two charities – Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity supporting young people with cancer aged 13 to 24 years old and the Rainy Day Trust, a charity which provides financial and other help to those who have worked in the home improvement industry and have fallen on hard times.

Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young cancer patients. Penrith Building Supplies decided to join the banger rally to raise funds for the seven young people aged between 13 and 24 diagnosed with cancer every day.

Carl Henderson, of Penrith Building Supplies, explained: “When we heard about the Pavestone Rally, we thought it sounded like a lot of fun while raising money for a very worthwhile cause. Everyone in the team has lost someone to cancer, and we can only imagine how hard it would be to go through cancer as a teenager, or to be the parent of a young person going through that.

“We are going all out to raise as much money as we can, so please support us if you can, and hopefully our car will make it to Monte Carlo in one piece!”

Teenage Cancer Trust make sure young people don’t face cancer alone. That might mean providing treatment and support for young people in one of the charity’s comfortable, contemporary specialist cancer wards, or travelling to other hospitals and to young people’s homes to make sure everyone who needs support receives it, wherever they live.

Teenage Cancer Trust also spread the word about the impact of cancer on young people and do presentations in schools. They help medical professionals and politicians to understand why young people with cancer need specific support. And they publish a wide range of no-nonsense information resources.

Teenage Cancer Trust make sure that they’re there for young people from the moment cancer is diagnosed until long after treatment is over. Whether it’s helping young people return to work or school, or giving advice about dealing with long-term side effects, their events and support help young people figure out what normal looks like now.

Louise Miles, Fundraising Manager for Teenage Cancer Trust in Cumbria, said: “This is an incredibly exciting journey that the Penrith Building Supplies team are making. Fundraising events like this are crucial in helping us reach our goal of supporting every young person from the moment they are diagnosed with cancer. Right now for every young person with cancer we support there is another who we can’t reach. We’d like to wish the team the very best of luck in making it to the finish line, whilst raising vital funds for young people with cancer.”

To sponsor the team, visit

Team PBS would like to thank Astsigns, Braithwaites Garage, Merlin Tyres and all the other people that have helped with the preparation of the car.

To find out more about Teenage Cancer Trust visit

If you would like to organise an event for Teenage Cancer Trust please contact [email protected].

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