Charity 'rogues' set for rally challenge

A three-man Norfolk team will ditch their professional reputations for a week to pose as rogue traders while driving to Helsinki in a charity banger rally.

A three-man Norfolk team will ditch their professional reputations for a week to pose as rogue traders while driving to Helsinki in a charity banger rally.

Aaron Barnham, 39, and Frank Falvey, 25, both from Burnham Market, and Harry Lamprell, 23, from Norwich, all work in the building trade but will dress up as a cowboy workman, a dodgy car dealer and a corrupt banker when the fourth Dumball Rally leaves Colchester tomorrow.

The fundraising jaunt is a low-budget spoof of the super-rich Gumball Rally, with a maximum cost of �400 for all the participating vehicles - including the Rogue Traders' hand-painted yellow Range Rover.

The team has already raised �1,000 towards the rally's overall target of �100,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.


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Mr Barnham took part in last year's event but his ill-fated 1980s hearse emblazoned with pink flames broke down on the first day of his team's attempt to reach Corfu.

He hopes for better luck on this year's 2,000-mile route through Denmark, Poland and Russia to get to the Finnish capital.

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“Most of us are very responsible professional people in our day jobs so this is fantastic fun,” he said. “It is very light-hearted and silly. None of us are petrol-heads - it is just a bit of a jolly across Europe. It is our main holiday and we fund every aspect of our expenses ourselves so 100pc of the money we raise goes to the charity.”

The team's sponsors include Terry Hayward, owner of Fakenham firm Hayward 4x4, whose experience in servicing off-roaders proved useful when last-minute repairs were needed to the Range Rover's engine casing on Tuesday. Mr Barnham said: “Terry has made one of our biggest donations so far. He is going to work through the night to fix the car, which is superb.”

To sponsor the team, go to www.justgiving.com/roguetraders

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