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Men prepare Scirocco for Morocco

The Scirocco with its specially-made trailer
The trailer was made by cutting another car in half

A Lincolnshire man with leukaemia is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for cancer patients on a fundraising drive to North Africa.

Andy Ward, a medical engineer from Sleaford, has restored a 21-year-old Volkswagen Scirocco after it was donated by a well-wisher in Leicester.

He and another NHS worker Glenn Place will set off from Lincoln on their 4,000 round trip in September.

They said they chose Morocco as their destination as it rhymes with Scirocco.


The pair want to raise money for the Lincolnshire-Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, Leukaemia Research and MacMillan Cancer Support.

Mr Ward, who works at the Kingsmill Hospital in Nottinghamshire, said: "I don't think I'll ever stop wanting to raise money for research because obviously there are certain aspects done by the state, by the NHS, but there's always people doing research for this type of disease.

"In my case I'm fortunate that mine's a slow-progressing disease. Others aren't as fortunate, especially kiddies that have the acute type of leukaemia which can be quite nasty.

"A company in Mansfield made the trailer for us after we had it chopped in half. A guy in Derby donated the second car - we chopped it in half to make a trailer. It's quite an eye-catching piece."

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