Four friends from Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire are celebrating after completing an 1,800-mile car rally across Europe that raised more than £5,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Mark Moody, of Newark, and his childhood friend Jason Booth, from Claypole, took part in the Staples2Naples old bangers’ rally together with Neil Dixon and Rob Pitches, crossing six countries in four days to reach the finish line in Naples.
The four were motivated to take part by Mark’s mother, Elaine, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease six years ago, when she was just 52. The challenge saw the four friends set off from Calais in a £200, 18-year-old Renault Laguna, sprayed bright pink.
The four-day adventure took them through France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to Switzerland, before driving across the Alps into northern Italy and finally to Naples.
The government has announced a doubling of the funding into research into Alzheimers disease. David Cameron spoke of "a national crisis" posed by the condition and said he would make tackling it a personal priority.
The move has been welcomed today by charities - and by those who have the condition. The video above contains flash photography.
There simply is not the same provision or quality of service to replace the current centres and the council should oppose these cuts imposed on them by the Coalition Government who should be ashamed of themselves for doing this
– Sue Highton, UNISON Branch Secretary, Sheffield Community Health
Members of the union Unison will stage a protest in Sheffield today as councillors today meet to discuss plans to close three dementia centres in the city. Campaigners against the proposals say the Government should 'be ashamed' of forcing cuts upon the most vulnerable people.
The Council meeting will be held at 2pm in the Town Hall