Benidorm or Bust! - 1500 miles & 3 countries for a great local charity!

Benidorm or Bust! - 1500 miles & 3 countries for a great local charity!

Benidorm or Bust! - 1500 miles and 3 countries all for a great local charity!


* UPDATE * They did it! 1704 miles - read about the adventure below!


Croxdale Fast Fit are proud to be helping local team ‘Blood Brothers’ on their way to Benidorm in the 2018 ‘Benidorm or Bust’ challenge!

What’s this all about?

Brothers Steven and Gary Laws and Stevens son Sam are taking part in the exciting event to raise funds for a great local charity – Northumbria Blood Bikes.

Father and son team Steven and Sam Laws from Newton Hall

Steven, from Newton Hall, a volunteer driver in his spare time - works for the charity to transport blood and other medical supplies across the region to help the health service.

Our Durham branch already looks after the maintenance of some of the charity vehicles, (pictured below).

The Blood Bikes Skoda Yeti on a recent visit to our Durham Autocentre

You can read more about what they do here, needless to say, it’s a very important local charity that delivers a vital service.

Working in partnership – raising money for a vital local service

Steve and co are hoping to raise £2,000 for this charity and already over half way to that target.

If you’d like to donate, please visit Sams page. Steven and Gary will be sharing the driving – they’ll need to on this 1,500 mile journey! Sam will be Chief Navigator, radio operator, photographer, mini-fridge technician, snack and moral support provider!

What’s the challenge?

The ‘Benidorm or Bust’ challenge invites teams to purchase or use a vehicle of very low monetary value and drive the 1400+ mile journey to Benidorm, in aid of charities of their choice. The 2017 Benidorm or Bust event raised over £100,000!

There will be approximately 150 teams this year. Some of the teams customise their cars to really stand out – you can view some of last years cars on their website gallery here:

How did Croxdale Fast Fit help?

This being his first trip – Steven bought wisely – and acquired a local 2001 Honda Accord 1.8 Sport. He approached Croxdale Fast Fit to give the vehicle a health check before setting off on his journey. We were only too happy to help and took the vehicle into our workshop for a thorough check up.

Steven’s Accord, outside our Chester Le Street autocentre

The car chosen for the event was in a good general condition for the age of the vehicle but needed a good refresh in a few areas.

We gave the car a full visual inspection, replacing the old engine oil and oil filter to ensure smooth and efficient running, replaced the old wiper blades front and rear for much improved visibility, stripped and cleaned up the rear brakes, which were partially seized and showing signs of age, important for safe and secure braking.

You’re getting colder…..Stevens car linked up to our Air Conditioning equipment

Much to Steven’s relief, we were also able to repair the cars previously non-functioning air conditioning system, so the guys can now enjoy a cool cabin on their 4 day journey through potentially very hot weather in Europe!

Feeling hot! The forecast for Spain this week!

What happens next?

The journey begins at 9am tomorrow! All preparation is done and the guys just are just about ready to go!  They will meet another 5-10 local teams first at Newton Park services near Darlington, then at Ferrybridge Services in Yorkshire and travel down in convoy to Dover, ready for the ferry!

Check out the full gallery on our facebook page, here:




If you’re going on a long journey – or even a short one – get your FREE vehicle health check from your local Croxdale Fast Fit Autocentre.

Summer is here – not just in Spain - so keep cool and have your air conditioning system serviced at our Durham, Chester Le Street and Consett autocentres.

Ready for the off! Assistant Manager Andrew Bones wishes Steven a safe journey

Posted on Monday, June 18, 2018

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