Leeds fun-raisers are not just clowning around

Clowns with a decorated car for a charity car rally Benidorm or Bust ! from Blackpool to Benidorm with four pals from Garfoth dressed up as clowns for Martin House Hospice in Wetherby after a friend's child was treated there.  Pictured are Dave Bendelow, Richard Eveson,  Chris Chew and Richard Barmby.'28 April 2015.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Clowns with a decorated car for a charity car rally Benidorm or Bust ! from Blackpool to Benidorm with four pals from Garfoth dressed up as clowns for Martin House Hospice in Wetherby after a friend's child was treated there. Pictured are Dave Bendelow, Richard Eveson, Chris Chew and Richard Barmby.'28 April 2015. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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they might be a bunch of clowns - but they are putting some serious ‘fun’ into fundraising!

The four men from Leeds are dressing up as clowns to take part in the madcap Benidorm or Bust! car rally.

They have been spotted test driving their decorated car around their home town of Garforth, much to the amusement of locals. Complete with comedy horn, smoke machine and water squirters, they have caused quite a stir on the streets.

Richard Barmby, one of the clowns, said: “We had loads of laughs, waves and hooting of horns and flashing of lights. We can’t help but smile driving it around. I felt sorry for the women that stumbled upon her dog in shock though.”

The quartet will travel overland over three days from Blackpool to the Spanish city - dressed in clown costumes bought from eBay - with their zanily decorated car from May 6-9.

They are raising funds for Martin House Children’s Hospice in Wetherby, after a friend’s child was treated there.

The four school pals have converted an old Nissan Almera, which cost just £250, by painting it in bright colours with recycled paint from Seagulls Reuse. The car will be scrapped once they reach Benidorm and the lads will fly home.

Mr Barmby is joined by pals Christopher Chew, David Bendelow and Richard Eveson. Richard said: “We have done several fund raising events in the past. Yorkshire 3 peaks twice in 24hrs and two marathons.

“This was something totally different and we thought we could make people smile and raise a bit of money with a little less physical effort.

“It will take us just over three days. Staying in Calais, Poitiers and Zaragozza on the way down. We meet a few other of the 200 teams at Xscape 6am on May 6 before heading to the start on Blackpool Promenade.

Donate via www.justgiving.com/Richard-Barmby or see www.benidormorbust.co.uk.

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