May 7, 2015

A Mitsubishi dealership in Galashiels took to the road in its prized 1990 Shogun to help raise money for a cancer charity.

Adam Purves Mitsubishi signed up for Drive It Day, organised by the Borders Vintage Automobile Club, which started from the Milestone Garden Centre at Newtown St Boswells, near Melrose, and wound its way 90 miles across the border to Belford Golf Club, Northumberland, where the 36 finishing cars out of the 40 that started were displayed along with vehicles from other car clubs.

Donations were sought from each car entering the run, and a total of £410 was raised for Marie Curie Cancer Care, which provides support, guidance and care to people with terminal illnesses and their families. The organisation helps some 40,000 terminally-ill people in the UK every year.

Questions were included among the route instructions to ensure that participants got the most out of what they could see along their journey.

Alister Scott, Dealer Principal at the Tweedbank Industrial Estate showroom, who took part with daughter Kate, said: ‘The Shogun normally has pride of place here, but for this very important charity the dust was blown off it, and it hit the 40,000-mile mark during the run. Kate and I were delighted to be involved with the event and to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. A great day was had by all.’

Adam Purves Mitsubishi is giving further help to Marie Curie Cancer Care by supporting 17-year-old Thomas Billam as he embarks on a fund-raising road trip taking in all nine of the charity’s hospices in Scotland, England and Wales as quickly as possible in a classic 1977 Mini. Thomas will be accompanied by pal Angus Brown, who is also 17, and the dealership has already helped the Melrose lads by letting them use its Melrose HQ forecourt for a sponsored car wash, which raised more than £500. It is also looking at other ways to assist. The total raised will be split between the cancer charity and Project Trust, the latter of which will see Thomas involved with a volunteer project in Senegal for a year.

While in the west African republic, he will be helping a local community, and although he won’t find out exactly what will be required until he gets there, it will be related to working as an English-language teacher with underprivileged pupils, although the voluntary work could also see him assisting with building a school and constructing wells.


Adam Purves Mitsubishi Dealer Principal Alister Scott with the 1990 Shogun during the Drive It Day


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