Handicare sponsorship fuels Betty's fundraising trip to Mongolia


Handicare sponsorship fuels Betty's fundraising trip to Mongolia. Helping keep a 40 year old VW Beetle on the road during a gruelling fundraising trip to Mongolia.


One of the country’s largest stairlift manufacturers Handicare, based in Kingswinford, is helping keep a 40 year old VW Beetle on the road during a gruelling fundraising trip to Mongolia.

Handicare is helping to foot the fuel bill for “Betty”, a 1971 Beetle which has been painstakingly restored for the 20,000 mile Mongol Rally charity challenge by Heather and Colin Maddox, who run a mobility shop in the North West, Aline Mobility.

They’re raising funds for Wirral-based Claire House Children’s Hospice which helps seriously and terminally ill children live life to the full by creating wonderful experiences and bringing back a sense of normality to family life.

The Mongol Rally is organised by a group called The Adventurists and has been running since 2004. It’s a 10,000 miles race across the mountains, deserts and steppe of Europe and Asia, starting in Europe in July and finishing in Ulan-Ude in Siberia in September. This year there are around 340 participants, all travelling independently, without support or back-up, and without a set route, in “old bangers”.

Handicare’s Paul Stockdill said: “When Colin told us about his plans to drive a 40-year-old car to Mongolia we wanted to get involved and show our support for what is likely to be a very challenging road trip.

“Betty looks fantastic with her Handicare stickers and we wish both Colin and Heather the very best of luck for their trip.”

Heather told industry magazine Thiis, which featured Betty on the front cover of the July issue http://www.thiis.co.uk/news-snippets/heather--colin-and-betty-off-on-an-adventure.aspx : "We are very grateful that Handicare stepped in to become our main sponsor. They will be helping us with our fuel bill, which, with 20,000 miles to cover, is pretty big.

"We’ve had a great working relationship with Handicare for over 15 years now. They were amazed about the trip that we were taking on, as they know me and Colin are workaholics and hardly miss a day at work.”

 One of Betty’s first stop-overs was at Handicare in Heerhugowaard, Holland (see attached photo).

You can follow “The Mongol Wanderers” and keep up with their journey via Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/alinemobility  or Twitter https://twitter.com/BettyMaddoxVW

To donate go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/betty-maddox