Charles & ‘Edith’ get set for another country-wide charity challenge

Posted by / Tuesday 13 September 2016 / Fundraising Events
Charles le Strange Meakin with Edith

Cambridge businessman Charles le Strange Meakin is gearing up for another classic car fundraising challenge this weekend.

The senior partner at accountancy firm KPMG and co-driver Alex Gandini, an audit manager at Deloitte, will drive ‘Edith’, a classic French 1930s Chenard Walcker Aigle 8, non-stop around the UK to raise funds for Action for Children.

With fellow fundraisers David, Sarah and Harry Eastwood in a support vehicle, the country-wide slog will see the driving duo steer the 82-year-old classic over 1,000 miles at an average speed of just 40mph!

As long-term supporters of our ‘Byte Night’ event, an annual fundraising sleep out which takes place every October at ten cities across the UK, the team will visit each of the event locations. Setting off from Cambridge Airport at 10pm on Friday, they will call in to Newcastle, Edinburgh, Belfast, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Reading and London - before returning to Cambridge early afternoon on Sunday.

Charles le Strange Meakin with Edith 2

“Other than stopping for fuel, to swap drivers, or for the inevitable breakdowns, we’ll be driving Edith continually and need to keep to our target of under 40 hours”, said Charles.

“She’s certainly an old girl subject to the vagaries and unpredictability of her era; no power steering or assisted brakes, and if it rains she’ll leak and the cabin becomes pretty unpleasant. We’re just praying any breakdowns or loss of scheduled time doesn’t mean missing the ferry crossings – if we don’t make them, it’s game over.”

Charles raised over £11,000 for Byte Night with a similar adventure on Christmas Day last year, driving ‘Edith’ from John O’Groats to Land’s End, covering 848 miles in 22 hours. 

Charles added: “We’d like to raise even more than my Christmas challenge, so please support us if you can and help Action for Children continue its tremendous work in giving children and young people in East Anglia the chance at life they deserve.”

Senior special events fundraiser at Action for Children, Kylie Prankerd, said: “Thank you to Charles, Alex, the Eastwoods and especially Edith for another huge effort!

"The funds raised for Byte Night will help us continue to run services for children and young people like Woodland Lodge, our disability short breaks service in Cambridge, and youth homelessness project, West Suffolk Shared Housing."

Senior special events fundraiser, Kylie Prankerd

To donate, visit Charles' Just Giving page or text CLES87 £[amount] to 70070.

Action for Children’s Byte Night East Anglia takes places at Marshall’s Aerospace in Cambridge on Friday 7 October.