Help for Heroes 4x4 European Rally

AA patrols on fundraising mission across Europe

AA patrols are supporting and taking part in the Help for Heroes 4x4 Rally

7 June 2010

Three AA patrols are taking part in a rally across Europe that hopes to raise £100,000 for Help for Heroes, the charity that helps wounded British servicemen and women.

The Help for Heroes 4x4 European Rally 2010 (19-29 June) is an 11-day event covering 1,800 miles across six countries.

BBC Radio 2's Lynn Bowles will wave them off at the start near Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, before they cross to Normandy from Portsmouth.

The route then takes in other significant theatres of conflict at Arnhem, Holland, and Bastogne in Belgium before heading south to Alsace, France. They finish at the 'Eagle's Nest' in Bavaria, Germany.

AA patrols will travel in a Discovery that they bought and painted in AA colours As well as raising funds for the charity, patrols Tony Knott of Sandhurst, Berkshire, Kevin Jones of Wittersham, Kent, and John Foster from Shrewsbury, Shropshire, will be on hand to help the other 43 teams with any technical problems.

They will travel in two Land Rovers – a Defender 110 and a Discovery that they bought and painted in AA colours, which will then be sold after the event for the charity.

Tony Knott says: "Help for Heroes is a charity close to our hearts as a number of patrols serve in the reserves and many other people at the AA have family or friends in the forces.

"Including the organisers, there will be 49 vehicles in total, so we'll have our work cut out keeping everyone on the road. But we're determined to do it and will hopefully help raise a lot of money to assist a new generation of heroes."

The event is also supported by two of the AA's business partners – Land Rover is supplying the organisers' vehicles and O2 is providing mobile communications.

Tony, Kevin and John have created a fundraising page and would welcome any donations.

The Help for Heroes 4x4 European Rally 2010 website will be updated during the event with photographs and blog.

Four of the vehicles taking part in the event are fitted with tracking devices and you can follow their progress here. Tony Knott's Land Rover (team 45) is one of them.

You can also follow the Help for Heroes Rally on Twitter.

More details on the Help for Heroes charity »

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18 June 2010