Do you enjoy touring the continent and helping charitable causes?
We would like to congratulate two businesses with whom we work for their impressive and longstanding fundraising ventures for worthy charities. Both “Jolly Good Motor Tours” and “Cape to Cape” have organised many tours and rallies over the years to raise money for Youth Cancer Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support respectively and have been enormously successful in raising very large amounts. The tours have proven hugely popular and from the feedback received from participants, they have been thoroughly enjoyable.
Jim Gavin (Jolly Good Motor Tours) and Dennis Greenslade (Cape to Cape) have gained extensive experience over a number of decades in rallying and organising car tours all around the world. Their modesty and motivation in organising these trips to aid such fantastic causes is inspiring and we want to shine a light on their excellent work.
Jim Gavin runs several leisure events each year and was a fervent rally participant himself, having competed in cross country rallies for many years, including a trip from London to Australia in only 10 days! Jim works with his wife Mary in organising tours, and each plays their own role with Jim organising the technical aspects and routes, whilst Mary organises the participants and ensures that they are well looked after and the event runs smoothly. Several (Gavin) friends support them voluntarily with the financial aspects of the organisation.
Dennis Greenslade has been an important fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support for many years with his latest trip raising £100,000 for this fantastic cause and a total of £657,000 raised since he started in 2004. A former classic reliability trials multi champion, he has successfully competed in many international historic rallies, and has received special recognition from Macmillan Cancer Support for his commitment and achievements. His events are of a competitive nature which appeal to those who enjoy a challenge, although the focus is also on fun.
You may be inspired to join them; so here is a recap of what they have achieved this year:
Jolly Good Motor Tours – Loire Valley Tour July 2015
Following the Loire across the country and visiting wineries and fascinating sites.
Location : France
Hotels : Hostellerie Le Cedre (Beaune), Auberge de Templiers (Boismorand), Domaine de Beauvois (Luynes), Domaine de la Bretesche (Missillac)
Special mention: Hostellerie Le Cedre, Beaune
This lovely 5 star property is situated in Burgundy and was a highlight of the tour. With 40 rooms, a Michelin starred restaurant, and a lovely garden terrace, this is a perfect relaxing base for exploring the popular wine-producing region. It is only a 10-minute walk away from the Hospices de Beaune, an impressive 15th century building that is one of Beaune’s major attractions and well-known for the famous wine auction it hosts each year.
Hostellerie Le Cedre was generous enough to aid Jolly Good Motor Tours with its fundraising efforts by offering a free drinks reception on the first night of their tour. You can find more information here: www.lecedre-beaune.com Tel: 0033 80 240 101
Cape to Cape April 2015
Crossing from Cap de la Hague to Cap d’Antibes, enjoying the best cross-country roads through some of the most attractive valleys and villages.
Hotels: Chateau de la Bourdaisiere (Montlouis-sur-Loire), Art Hotel (Rochecorbon), Les Bains Romains (St Nectaire), Hotel de France (Valence), Atrium Hotel (Valence) Le Mas de la Cremailliere (Greoux les Bains), Villa Borghese (Greoux les Bains), Le Gran Pavois (Juan Les Pins)
Special mention: Le Mas de la Cremailliere, Greoux les Bains
This charming property offers comfort and tranquillity in the beautiful French countryside and was a favourite among the participants. With its own thermal spa, relaxing poolside, and restaurant featuring local specialities, Le Mas de la Cremailliere is a treat for those looking for a quiet refuge. The small town of Greoux-les-Bains is close by and is a perfect example of a typical French rural municipality.
If you would like to take part in future tours run by either Jim or Dennis, please find their details below:
Jolly Good Motor Tours
Organisers: Jim & Mary Gavin
West Sussex. RH14 0HN.
Cape to Cape
Organiser: Dennis Greenslade
Cornwall, TR3 6NN.
Our heartfelt congratulations go out to both organisers and their teams who achieve so much for charity voluntarily with such dedication, whilst organising perhaps the most enjoyable tours you will find.