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10 Aug 2017 Community

Benidorm or Bust raises £1,654

Owners of the Pie Shed Café in Dewsbury, Emma Maude and James Conyers, take on the Benidorm or Bust car rally to raise huge funds and awareness for Kirkwood Hospice

Founded in 2011, the Benidorm or Bust Challenge is a four day Car Rally challenging participants to drive from Dover to Benidorm in as cheap a car as possible, all to raise funds for their chosen charities.

Taking part for their third year, local couple and owners of the Pie Shed Café in Dewsbury, Emma Maude and James Conyers, along with their bright orange Volvo ‘Volgatti’ took to the continent all in aid Kirkwood Hospice.

Emma Maude, James Conyers and their Volvo 'Volgatti'.


Selling over 600 raffle tickets with luxury prizes on offer and collecting further funds through sponsorships and a very active JustGiving page, the petrol pair raised a huge total of £1,654.20 towards patient care in advance of their four-day mission.

After stops at Rouen, Bordeaux and Zaragoza along the way and eight breakdowns later, James and Emma tell us about their journey.

James and Emma present Kirkwood Hospice Community Fundraiser, Nicola Barber, with a cheque for £1,654.


James said: “The start was brilliant. There were about 200 cars when we set off from Dover and everybody had a fantastic run down to Rouen.

“The locals were all getting involved, waving and tooting their horns as a convoy of 40 brightly-coloured novelty cars pass through.

“It wasn’t until the second morning that we discovered we had a problem. We had a burst fuel pipe and there was liquid just pouring out. We really struggled to get to Bordeaux and we were driving in the worst storm I’ve ever seen.

“Fortunately there were a lot of people around to give us assistance. We were really helped out by teams 62 and 77 and also Sean’s Garage, who spent all day working on our car for absolutely nothing.”

The 'Volgatti' makes it to Spain.


Emma said: “When we set off in England, we invited any Yorkshire teams to start off from the Pie Shed so we had quite a few people join us. Team 62 were one of the cars who came to the Café and when they saw us struggling they stopped to help.

“The rest of the entire rally we had them right behind us. One of them was an engineer for Tiger Buses so we had everything we needed!"

Facing obstacle courses and food challenges along the way as well as having the opportunity to win prizes for Best Car, Best Fancy Dress and Spirit of the Event, the Benidorm or Bust Challenge was a truly unique and fun event to get involved in.

"It was a really good event, lots of fun, very eventful and a brilliant team spirit all round. We’re already signed up for next year!" James Conyers

James, Emma and their loyal Volgatti, which is currently making its way back from Alicante Airport, are looking forward to next year already.

James said: “It was a really good event, lots of fun, very eventful and a brilliant team spirit all round. It’s very well organised and the Rally Support Crew are absolutely fantastic. We’re already signed up for next year!

Emma added: “I’m really pleased we’ve raised this amount and this level of awareness for Kirkwood Hospice.”

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