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06 Jun 2016
A bus driver from Dover will be swapping his bus for a rally car to raise money for a local charity.
Photo: Peter Gough (left) with brother Frank and ‘Herbie’ their rally car.
Peter Gough, who’s worked as a Stagecoach bus driver for 14 years, will be taking part in the Benidorm or bust car rally later this month together withteam mates Andy Dale and Frank Gough, his brother.
Although the team have entered the rally twice before, this is the first time for Peter, a driver based at Stagecoach’s Whitfield bus depot. This year the team are aiming to raise awareness and support for Pilgrims Hospices – the leading palliative care provider in east Kent.
Peter, 53 from Monins Road, Dover said, “I’ve always enjoyed driving and I like a good challenge, so when Andy and Frank asked me to join them I jumped at the chance.”
Peter and Frank’s late father, Frank Gough, received specialist care from Pilgrims which is why they chose to support the charity.
This year there are 150 cars taking part in the rally travelling from the UK to Spain over four days. The event starts on Wednesday 8th June at Gaydon, Warwickshire. Peter, Andy and Frank will be travelling in ‘Herbie’ their Ford KA which has been made to look like a VW Beetle and dressed in red, white and blue stripes with the number ‘53’ emblazoned on the bonnet – a la ‘Herbie’ from the popular movie series.
Already the team’s JustGiving page has notched up nearly £2,000 in donations and they hope to reach a total of £5,000. Stagecoach have topped-up the amount raised so far by £400 and the team has also received £250 worth of donations from Stagecoach drivers and staff at Dover depot. Peter said “We would like to thank everyone at Stagecoach for their continued support and contribution to the event.”
Pilgrims Hospices vision is that everyone should have access to the services they need to cope with illness that cannot be cured and make the most of the time they have. To support Peter and the team go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/peter-gough5