Old banger leads to unlikely friendship

A SIDBURY man’s brave battle against meningitis has inspired complete strangers to take on a daring race across Europe in the old banger he sold them.

Pete Savage, put in a coma and then left deaf by the deadly bug, had never met Tony Wooller and Sheila Tompkins before he sold them his 1991 MR2 a few months ago. Now the plucky couple, both 55, class Pete as a pal and want to help him and Meningitis UK.

They plan to take the dilapidated motor on the 1,600-mile Staples to Naples race to raise cash for the charity in August – knowing it could conk out at any moment.

Tony, of Yeovil in Somerset, said: “We are doing the massive challenge for Pete. I only met him when I bought the car, but heard about the terrible illness and felt I had to do something.

“He is fighting back.


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“Everyone who knows him wishes him and his family the best and every success.”

The adventurers bought the remains of the MR2 from Pete for just �200.

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The banger had serious engine problems, was covered in creepy crawlies and rust, and was filled with rainwater.

Tony and Sheila have spent around �300 doing up the car with spare parts.

To help the couple reach their fundraising total visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Apache3.

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