Remit gets ‘Battered n’ Bruge’ for Charity

May 4, 2017

Next week, two members of the Remit Group team will set off on a four day rally, in a car modified by a team of apprentices, raising cash for two charities dedicated to young people.

The Nottingham-based training provider is joining The Real Rally 2017, which will see just short of 30 cars, both classic cars and ‘bangers’, travel in convoy through Northern France, on to South Belgium, ending in the beautiful medieval city of Bruges. The journey begins on Wednesday 17th May at the Euro-tunnel terminal in Folkstone.

Now in its second year, the rally is organised and headed up by Bob Linwood from the charity, REAL. All the money raised will go towards REALfriends, supporting bullied children, and REALexperience, creating apprentice opportunities for school and college leavers in the vehicle repair industry, a scheme which is supported by the industry charity, AutoRaise.

Bob Linwood said: “The rally was such a brilliant success last year that we decided we couldn’t miss the opportunity to do it again. It was great fun and gave us the chance to raise a fantastic sum of money for these two charities. We are all looking forward to the trip and creating some great memories.”

This year Remit is thrilled to have been invited to join the rally and is entering a vehicle in to the ‘Bangers’ category, which the team has named “Battered n’ Bruge”

Remit’s vehicle paint apprentices from across the country have been preparing the vehicle for its epic journey across Europe. The ‘Bangers’ category insists a vehicle should be purchased for no more than £1,000 and should have no more than £250 spent on it.

The team of apprentices chose a Smart ForFour, which has removable panels on the bonnet, bumpers and main body. These were all removed and sent to apprentices in their own bodyshops around the country. Each business allowed the apprentices time to spray their panel in whatever colour they wish before they were returned to Remit’s dedicated training facility in Rearsby, Leicestershire, to be refitted ready for the big journey.

Two of Remit’s staff, Neale Mighall and Mike Barret, will take on the challenge of driving their multicoloured ‘banger’ across Europe and back.

Remit’s Marketing Manager, Neale, said: “I’m really looking forward to the rally and being involved in supporting these great charities. I can’t wait to see the looks we get as we drive across Europe in a multi-coloured Smart Car! Looking at last year’s rally, it should be a fantastic and unique experience for everyone involved, both Mike and I will be proud to be driving in a car that’s been worked on by some of our very talented apprentices.”

Apprentices at Remit’s Rearsby training centre have serviced the car and replaced the rear wheel bearings so it is fully prepared and ready for its challenge. Their Apprentice Development Coach, Mike Barrett, will be joining Neale for the trip. He added: “The apprentices have really gone to town on this project and have really enjoyed getting involved with the prepping and painting of the car. I’m delighted to be doing something for these charities which support young people, particularly those wanting to pursue a career in the body and paint industry.”