Royston husband and wife team host fun day ahead of taking on charity rally in Batmobile

PUBLISHED: 09:06 26 August 2017

Sam and Matt Hanks are to drive their Batmobile from Dover to Monte Carlo for two charities.

Sam and Matt Hanks are to drive their Batmobile from Dover to Monte Carlo for two charities.


A husband and wife team from Royston are to take part in a 42-car rally from Dover to Monte Carlo to raise money for two charities.

The Batmobile the couple will drive through 10 countries to reach Monte Carlo.The Batmobile the couple will drive through 10 countries to reach Monte Carlo.

Sam and Matt Hanks are taking part in the Pavestone Rally in a Batmobile-style Ford Kuga – which they bought for £500 – in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Rainy Day Trust.

Sam told the Crow: “I think virtually everyone I know has been affected by cancer in some way.

“The work the Teenage Cancer Trust does is hugely important, because it’s hard enough to understand what’s going on as an adult, but to go through that as a young person must be so tough.

“The Rainy Day Trust supports people in the building trade and and their families who fall on hard times so it is very important to us, in the line of work we do.”

Sam, who works at building firm Cembrit, and Matt – of Jarvis Contracting – will be two of 120 people taking part in the race, and will take in 10 countries including France, Liechtenstein and Italy before they reach the finish line in Monte Carlo.

There will be a host of whacky challenges to take part in en route and every day is fancy dress.

“I think if you’re going to take part in something like this, you can’t just drive, you have to fully embrace what the event is about so we will be having different fancy dress days, as Batman and Batwoman, the Joker and Harley Quinn and other comic book characters.”

“I am nervous, not in the least regarding car arguments about navigation! But we’ve always wanted to take part in a rally and are really excited.

“The Royston community has been fantastic in supporting us, and we hope to raise more before the event. So please give what you can, we, our charities, the fund recipients and our industry are very grateful.”

On Sunday, the couple, who have lived in Royston for six years, have organised a charity fundraising day with Ad Hoc – it will take place in Fish Hill Square from 12 noon until 4pm.

Ad Hoc manager Jason Todd said: “Charity fundraising has always been close to Ad Hoc’s heart and we’re thrilled to be given the opportunity to support such a good cause especially in the wake of Summer Soul’s cancellation.

“The Batmobile concept is fun and very inventive we wish you all the best for the rally. Good luck!”

On the day, you can see the Batmobile as well as Batman, Batgirl, Iron Man and other characters. There’s also a children’s fancy dress competition at 3pm, and beer and a barbecue. They will be selling raffle tickets for the Batmobile, and if the car doesn’t make it back, the winner will get £100.

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