Classic car challenge raises over £5,000 despite breakdown

Posted by / Tuesday 27 September 2016 / Fundraising Events

You may have seen the blog post we recently posted about Charles le Strange Meakin, and his attempt to drive his car “Edith” through all 10 Byte Night locations in under 40 hours.

Charles and his fundraising accomplices completed the fantastic challenge this week, and they told us how they got on.

The team set off from Cambridge Airport at 10 pm, filled with excitement for the journey ahead. They were off to a fantastic start, driving from Cambridge all the way up to Newcastle and then on to Edinburgh. This part of the journey went without a hitch, but Charles and the gang did run into some trouble en route to the next Byte Night stop.


“The problem started 35 miles short of Stranraer on the west coast of Scotland, racing to make the ferry crossing to Belfast”, said Charles.

“I tried a short cut which lost us time and as result we had to push Edith hard to make the ferry, which our support team had gone ahead to hold. However, hard driving didn't suit the old girl and six miles short we lost power, as the fuel pump gave out.”

The AA helped Edith get going again and the team caught the next Belfast ferry, four hours later than scheduled.

“We then made the Dublin to Holyhead ferry OK and, after Manchester and Birmingham, reached Cardiff around 3pm on Sunday. All was going well until 10 miles outside Bristol we were struck with another fuel pump failure, so we decided to tow Edith to the Bristol sleeper site and fix her there.”

Further help from the AA put them all on the road again but before long disaster struck and the fuel pump failed for good, putting ‘Edith’ out of commission completely.

“So all in all it was a hard challenge and we were all exhausted but we have raised over £5,000 so far and the coffers continue to grow. I'd like to thank the Byte Night board members in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast for meeting us, greeting us and cheering us on our way - and to the Reading and London teams who we stood up by being so late."

"We suffered a bit of hardship for a good cause but we shouldn’t forget the thousands of homeless young people who face far, far greater hardship for days, months and even years."

Charles le Strange Meakin

On Friday 7 October over 1,300 people will sleep out, along with Charles, for one night to raise money for Action for Children so we can continue our vital work in ensuring children and young people across the UK have a safe and loving home.

Charles has already raised over £5000 from his Byte Night challenge, if you want to help him raise even more you can donate to Charles’ challenge by visiting his JustGiving page or texting CLES87 £[amount] to 70070.

If you’re feeling inspired by Charles’ fundraising efforts for Byte Night, find out more here.