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A CLASSIC car enthusiast is about to drive 395 miles to raise money for a central Essex hospice.

Essex Austin Seven Club member Trevor Fleuty drove from Chelmsford to Cornwall in memory of his friend Pearl Bonner.

Pearl was cared for by Farleigh Hospice at the end of her life.

Trevor, a long distance lorry driver from Witham, begins his journey from Farleigh Hospice in Chelmsford to the Cornwall Gold Center in Redruth today.

He will collect a pearl that was offered at auction to raise money for the Central Essex Hospice.

Trevor met Pearl through the world of Austin Sevens.

He says she was a very special person to him and had a positive impact on his life.

He added: “Pearl was a woman who always made you smile, always made you feel welcome and above all inspired you to do things you didn’t know you could do.

“It most certainly showed in her hard work, both at Great Baddow High School and as co-editor of our club magazine for which Pearl inspired me to write articles and made me given the confidence to organize this event in his memory.”

Trevor’s co-pilot and navigator on the challenge is Pearl’s husband, Terry Bonner.

Two other club members, Hazel and Albert Clements, will follow Trevor in a support vehicle and trailer for the entire trip.

Trevor and the team will run 100 miles a day and return to present the pearl to Farleigh’s fundraising manager, Debbie de Boltz, on Saturday April 30.

She said: ‘We are so grateful to Trevor and his team for taking on such a massive challenge to raise money for the hospice.

“The money raised will help us provide care and support to more people like Pearl in our community who are affected by life-limiting illness and bereavement.

“We couldn’t do what we do without the generosity of fundraisers like Trevor and we will support the team all the way.

“I’m sure Pearl will be watching over them on their journey as well.”

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