At first glance, in 1994 the signs were not looking good for two brothers who were planning to drive a dented Trabant car to the Arctic Circle to help raise money for St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston.
Because Steven and Lewis Evans broke down no less than six times on Easter Monday between Lancaster and Ulverston!
The two men from Morecambe planned to drive their East German-built Trabant to the North Cape, inside the Arctic Circle.
They had already raised £6,000 of their £12,000 goal, which would be split between St Mary’s Hospice and Slynedales Cancer Care Center in Lancaster.
Steven Evans explained: “We are leaving in early May and estimate it will take two weeks to do the 3,000 mile journey – again it could take two months!”
Most of the funds raised so far have come from companies advertising on the car. But individuals could also sponsor the intrepid duo.
The brothers were on their way to Ulverston to publicize their trip when they broke down.
The last Trabant fundraising trip they took, from Land’s Ends to John O’Groats, raised thousands of pounds.
Lewis Evans said: “This time we’re raising money for St Mary’s because it was one of their employees who came up with the idea for the Arctic trip.”
He said driving a Trabant in the Arctic might sound silly, but added: “I’ve owned 17 Trabants now and it’s become a passion. I even sold one to rock band U2 for £3,500.
In 1994, St Mary’s Hospice received a donation of £1,000 from the Freemasons’ Grand Charity.
The presentation was made by Edward Saunders, Deputy Provincial Grand Master of West Lancashire, accompanied by the President of the Northern Group of Lodges and Chapters, Wilfred Hackett.
The check was received by the chair of the hospice trustees, Anne Robinson.
In 1993, the Great Charity of the Freemasons made a total of 139 donations to hospices, amounting to £175,300.