Two Newtongrange taxi drivers are set to drive 3,000 miles to Rome in an old banger to raise money for a local charity close to their hearts.
Swift Taxis’ drivers Calum Rogers (23) and Sam Aitken (22) will leave South Queensferry on June 28 in a car they paid just £500 for, to take part in the Rust 2 Rome charity event, raising money for Bonnyrigg-based charity Bright Sparks.
Calum said: “We originally booked it for an adventure holiday, but then we decided to do it for charity.
“We do the taxis for Bright Sparks so we are going to raise money for them. It’s quite an important charity for us, we pick up the kids five times a week and their ages range from babies to 18 years old.
“We see some of them once or twice a week and you get to know them. They are all great kids. It is something quite close us. So to help them as well is an added bonus.”
The pair will head to the Italian capital in a Honda Accord 1.8 sport S2.
“We got it off an ex-police officer in Eskbank for £300. We then had £200 of work done on it to stay under budget,” said Calum.
“Abbey Print in Mayfield have done a print for the car with the web address to donate money and the Bright Sparks logo.
“We just hope to raise as much as money as possible.”
Bright Sparks vice chair person Kirstie Thomson said: “We are delighted. The money raised will go towards buying new outdoor equipment for when we move to our new base at Bonnyrigg Leisure Centre.
“Swift Taxis take our families back and forward so they are very familiar with what we are all about. They have been a great support, doing various fundraisers in the past.
“The kids did drawings at one of our classes and they have laminated them onto the car. It looks great.”
To donate money go to https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/brightsparksplaygroup