A group of friends have taken on the ultimate driving challenge to raise vital funds for cancer patients at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham by driving to Turkey and back.

Last Wednesday (01/05) Dave Cassidy with five of his friends set off from Cannock, stopping off at the hospital on the way. The team are taking on the mammoth journey to say thanks to the hospital after Dave’s father-in-law, Peter Garnett recently received six months worth of chemotherapy on Ward 621.

Driving in teams of two, the fearless bunch will drive their red, white and blue ‘Italian Job’ themed Mini Coopers to Hisaronu in Turkey and back again covering 5,000 miles, over 10 days and visit 13 countries.

Talking about the challenge, Dave said: “Thanks to all the staff and doctors on the ward, Peter had fantastic, positive treatment throughout his time there. This is not only for Peter, but our trip will help so many other patients who already visit this ward, or may have to in the future.”

As well as the journey to Turkey, the team have also been raising money in the run-up to the start of the event by visiting Asda in Cannock and doing a bucket collection there, and they have had plenty of support from their friends, families and colleagues!

Justine Davy, Head of Fundraising at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity, said: “A huge good luck to Dave and the team for their incredible fundraising challenge. They have already raised so much money and they’ve only just started their journey! All of the money raised will be a huge benefit to cancer patients at QEHB and will help us to provide the very best care for them. We can’t wait to see all of the places you visit along the way!”

After starting their journey in Cannock, they arrived at the Abrakebabrah Bar in Hisaronu, Turkey on Sunday (05/05) before starting the return drive back to Cannock.

To find out more and donate visit their JustGiving page at justgiving.com/fundraising/David-cassidy10. You can also follow their return journey on Facebook at facebook.com/3ministoturkey