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Driving Lille France to Barcelona in Spain

July 11, 2012 at 1:11 PM


Just heard today about a business woman from Scotland, Ann Gloag, who is doing a charity drive from Lille in France all the way to Barcelona in Spain.

Ann is looking to raise money for abandoned babies by driving through the beautiful Lille countryside on her journey which will cover a driving distance of about 1,500 miles.

Not sure where Ann stayed before she headed off but there are several really nice hotels in Lille and some really splendid apartments there as well. My guess is that even though they have had more rain than usual this year I’m sure the weather in Lille is an awful lot better than it is in the UK currently.

The press release about Ann’s drive and details of how you can donate to the charity are below.


Press release starts here:


Leading entrepreneur driving 1999 Astra from Lille to Barcelona to help abandoned babies

Ann Gloag, the former nurse and co-founder of transport company Stagecoach Group, is taking part in a charity ‘Banger Rally’ across Europe next month to raise funds for an Abandoned Baby Unit at Kenya Children’s Home in Nairobi.

Ann has taken up the challenge of driving 1500 miles from Lille to Barcelona in a 1999 Astra to help raise awareness and sponsorship for the Abandoned Baby Unit which houses up to 40 orphaned and abandoned children at any one time.

The unit is part of   Kenya Children’s Home, which is run by Ann Gloag and her Balcraig Foundation. Kenya Children’s Home and its associated projects help up to 1700 children in Kenya every year and the Abandoned Baby Unit houses children from newborns up to 18 months. 

As well as competing in the rally itself, Ann’s girls team (The Gloag Girls) is competing against a boys team (The Backhouse Boys) in a 2002 Ford Mondeo who are also raising funds for the Abandoned Baby Unit.

The boys car, a purple ‘Back Mobile’, is being sponsored by Backhouse Jones Solicitors whose Directors, Ian Jones and Jonathon Backhouse, are taking part.  The girls car has been decorated baby pink and white for the occasion by sponsors Parks of Hamilton.

Speaking about her impending trip, Ann Gloag said, “There are a lot of people who think I am mad to do this but I wanted to do something completely different in order to help raise awareness and funds for the abandoned babies that we help.

“Abandoned and orphaned babies really are the most vulnerable people in society and it is vital that they are given the best chance in life.

“Babies are often left at our gates in plastic bags or brought to us by the police after being found in the street.  You have to assume the mothers hope their baby will receive a better life than they could give them but it is still heartbreaking.

“We try to provide the best care we can at our unit and, thankfully, around 80% of the babies are adopted by Kenyan families and the rest are cared for in our orphanage until they are 18.

“My foundation provides the core funding for all the Kenya Children’s Home projects but we are always looking for more people to become involved.  We have many supporters in the UK who provide sponsorship for the babies and children within the orphanage and the Banger Rally seemed a good way to expand that support to a wider audience.

“We are hoping our pink and white Astra will do us proud and that lots of people will get behind our teams and raise enough money to fund the Abandoned Baby Unit for a year.”

“Seven countries in four days is a challenge for any car but I’m confident the Backhouse Boys have a banger to be reckoned with and we will beat the girls!”

A range of companies and individuals have already signed up to sponsor The Gloag Girls and The Backhouse Boys including Backhouse Jones Solicitors, Hurleys Solicitors, KPMG, Belmont International, Parks of Hamilton, Marcus Foundation, Elliot Stevens NY and Adam & Company. 

Details on the event and a full list of sponsors can be found at http://www.kenyachildrenshome.org.uk/news_events/events/banger_rally

Anyone wishing to sponsor Ann Gloag and the teams can do so at http://www.justgiving.com/gloaggirlsbarmytobarcelona  and http://www.justgiving.com/backhouseboysbarmytobarcelona

Alternatively you can text a donation to 70070. To sponsor the girls' team £5, text GGBB98 £5 and to sponsor the boys' team £5, text BBBB98 £5. To sponsor £10, just change the 5 to a 10!

Press release ends.


If I get any information about how the drive went and the amount of money it raised I will post an update here.

Lille France is a popular stopover destination for a lot of UK drivers who are on their way to Belgium, though it has a lot to offer in its own right. 

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