FOSTER children are counting down the weeks to a dream holiday after charity champions teamed up to help them get to DisneyLand.
Jacqui Cameron, chairman of the Hartlepool Foster Carers Association, was joined by her husband Willie and their pals Barry and Angela Rundle on an intrepid trek through France, Switzerland and Italy to Monte Carlo.
The journey is known as Monte Carlo or Bust, and sees teams of drivers from across Europe driving bangers to the final destination in the name of charity.
Jacqui and her team - which did the trip under the name of the Dizzy Disneys - did the 1,500-mile trek in a clapped out car which was customised in Disney decorations.
And after a memorable trek through some of Europe’s most spectacular roads with backdrops of sun, sea, sand and snow, the team were delighted to cross the finish line in one piece.
Mum-of-three Jacqui, from Sunny Blunts, Peterlee, said: “We had a few scrapes along the way, including almost crashing in a tunnel on our way through France, but we got there in the end.
“It was just a brilliant adventure from start to finish, but the highlight had to be when we reached Monte Carlo.
“The French Film Festival was on at the same time, so all the paparazzi was waiting outside on the red carpet for the stars when we drove past in a car with Minnie Mouse ears stuck on the top!
“The photographers seemed more bothered about us than the film stars!”
All of the money raised from their trip will be pumped into the Hartlepool Foster Carers Association to fund a trip to Disneyland Paris for the youngsters.
Sponsorship money from the Monte Carlo trip is still coming in, and while the coffers were boosted from a cake stall at the recent Greatham Feast, Jacqui would love to hear from any businesses who can help to add to the fundraising drive.
She added: “Some of the kids who we are doing this for have never had a holiday before, so this really will be a trip of a lifetime for them if we can raise enough to take them to Disneyland.
“We have a limited budget to do this, so the more help we can get from the business community, the more money we will have for the youngsters.”
The fund has already been boosted by Hartlepool United boss Colin Cooper, who heard about the Monte Carlo fundraiser at the recent Pride in Hartlepool awards and pledged to make a donation from his own charity, the Finlay Cooper Fund.
As well as Colin, the team also thanked Rolls-Royce, Chevron Taxis, Redline Taxis, Peterlee Central Club, Houghton’s PLC, All Things Fun, Michael Crawford of Crawford Body Repairs in Peterlee and estate agent Alexander and Bowlett for support.
Any individuals or businesses who can help can call Jacqui on 07703297139.