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Sussex couple take on road rally challenge to raise funds for Parkinson's research

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A couple from Sussex are driving all the way to Benidorm to raise funds for research into Parkinson's disease.

Tristan Matthews was in just 51 when he was diagnosed with the incurable brain disease two years ago.

"It was just a shock at my age to have something like that. You take it as an old persons disease. It was life-changing and every day you don't really know what it's going to do."

– Tristan Matthews
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It will take Tristan and his wife Debbie four days to reach Spain as part of the Benidorm Banger Road Rally.

They will cover 380 miles on each of the four days.

"Everyone has plans for the future and I don't think you can just write them off because there's a diagnosis of a condition. You just adapt it and you don't let it define you as a person."

– Debbie Matthews
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Tristan is a stock car enthusiast and has decorated his 25-year-old Daimler in the style of a track control car for the journey.

It will be among 60 bangers taking part in the rally.

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Tristan and Debbie are hoping to raise thousands of pounds to support Parkinson's UK and the charity's local group in Lewes.

They will set off on April 23.