TWO friends who embarked on a 1,300 mile rally challenge have handed over £5,000 to a Leek-based charity.
Jayson Hodgkinson and Andy Buxton purchased an old banger and took part in the Monte-Carlo or Bust Rally in July.
The pair raised £5,000 through sponsorship which has now been given to the Love 4 Leah fundraising group, which was set up by Leah Powell and her family before the 13-year-old sadly lost her battle with cancer.
Jayson and Andy took on around 30 'crazy' challenges a day throughout the rally which saw them drive through France, Switzerland and Italy.
Jayson said: "It was a great challenge. I wouldn't do it again as it was such a long way. But it was definitely worth doing."
Andy said: "The car was perfect - it did not miss a beat throughout our long journey.
"For me the best part of the challenge was seeing the breath-taking views of the Grand St. Bernard Pass."
The daily challenges included finding ten different British beer bottle tops; gaining a receipt for just 50 cents of fuel at a petrol garage; and doing a 'plank' on top of the car when at the top of the Swiss Alps, to name just a few.
Although the Monte-Carlo or Bust Rally was not competitive, the pair are proud that they came in third out of the 75 teams that took part from across the world.
As for their faithful rally car which took Andy and Jayson on their journey of 1,300 miles, that may now be seen driving around France as the pair gave it to a local garage, and flew back home instead.
The total raised from Jayson and Andy's rally challenge is £5,000 which they, last week, handed over to Leah's mum Jane Powell.
Jayson said: "We would like to thank everyone who has supported us in this challenge from the £5 donations all the way up to the very generous donations."
Leah's mum, Jane, is continuing to raise money through Love4Leah which has now raised an amazing £24,000.
Jane said: "I think Jayson and Andy are just amazing for doing this.
"Leah thought the challenge they were doing was brilliant and she was able to see them off.
However, she passed away before seeing any of the photographs from their trip "We will be donating the £5,000 to the Donna Louise Trust."
The next fund-raiser through Love 4 Leah will see Jane and a group of friends and family tackle a 'Fright Hike' in Sherwood Forest on November 2 - which would have been Leah's 14th birthday.
Money raised from this challenge will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House at Manchester Children's Hospital.
Anyone wishing to sponsor the Fright Hike team can do so by finding the 'Love4Leah's fundraising page' at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com