One of the Trust’s pilot dogs is set to sample the Continental way of life after being driven to Le Touquet this morning (Friday 31 May).
The large toy dog might end up a bit windswept, travelling on the bonnet of a classic Land Rover, but his sacrifice will at least have been in aid of a great cause.
Complete with scarf, flying hat and goggles, the dog is travelling with Nigel Peacock from West Wickham in one of around 30 Land Rovers of assorted ages, styles and histories that are making the charity cross-Channel run from the site at Capel-le-Ferne in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Organiser Peter Wales hopes the run – the tenth since the first trip, also to Le Touquet, in 2010 – will raise at least £5,000 and hopefully closer to £7,000 for the charity. He told drivers before they set off for Dover from the Memorial site that over the past nine years they had raised £53,400 for a variety of good causes.
Site Manager Jules Gomez said it was the seventh time the drivers had assembled at the Memorial ahead of the charity run, making the most of the atmospheric clifftop surroundings and the photographic opportunities provided by the backdrop of the Memorial and The Wing.
“This is a fantastic venue,” said Peter. “Apart from the fact that it is close to Dover, which makes it an ideal place to meet, it has a great atmosphere and the drivers love it. Anyone who arrives here for the first time inewvitably comes back later for a proper visit with time to see everything it has to offer.”
Pilot dog chauffeur Nigel, driving a Land Rover Wolf Defender loaned to him for the trip by Peter, said he had visited the Memorial on several occasions and was delighted to be supporting such a great cause.