High performance Porsche sports cars - collectively worth millions of pounds - are setting off on a 100-mile Red Rose Run this Sunday (July, 8) to raise money for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
Over 40 Porsches belonging to members of the Lancashire and Cumbria Region of the Porsche GB Club will be waved off from Garstang Golf Club by Town Mayor Leah Hynes.
They will drive through Garstang as if in a parade before heading out to Bleasdale and then into the Ribble Valley before picking up the A59 followed by the A666 to arrive at Hoghton Tower via Pleasington for an extended lunch stop.
The inaugural Red Rose Run is replacing the club’s annual Porkers in the Trough Rally that has been held for the last eight years.
Porker is the affectionate nickname owners give their Porsche and the rally, through the Trough of Bowland, has always requested that participants make a donation to Rosemere Cancer Foundation instead of paying an event entry fee. The same request is made again this year.
David Baker, the club’s Regional Organiser, said: “We fancied a change of scene after enjoying the Trough for a number of years but want to continue to support Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
“The Red Rose Run keeps to our traditional format in that our setting off and return point is Garstang Golf Club and as in previous years, we will be having an extended lunch break at a nice venue where members of the public can view the cars and talk to us about Porsches.”
The cars will park up on the sloping lawn at the top of Hoghton Tower’s long drive.
The first cars will arrive there about 11 am with the group setting off again at 3 pm for the home leg of their route, which will take them through Brindle and on to Preston Docks then to the hamlet of Salwick, Inskip and St Michael’s before they reach the golf club, where there will be a prize
Over the years, the club has raised almost £20,000 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation. The charity works to bring world class cancer services and treatments to cancer patients from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, and at another eight hospitals across the two counties that also look after cancer patients, including the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Chorley & South Ribble Hospital and Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
For further information on Rosemere Cancer Foundation, the appeal projects, its work at other local hospitals and how to donate, visit the charity’s website at www.rosemere.org.uk