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A pair of fundraising petrol heads from Huddersfield hit the road earlier this month as they raised thousands of pounds for a local children’s hospice.

Moin Valli and teammate, Andrew McGee, headed south to France for an experience like no other as they partook in the Forget Me Not 500, raising money for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

DRIVER: Moin Valli took part in the Forget Me Not 500 earlier this month and helped raise £5,000 for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice

DRIVER: Moin Valli took part in the Forget Me Not 500 earlier this month and helped raise £5,000 for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice

The team were given just £500 towards expenses for their four-day trip, and were targeted with raising sponsorship of £3,000.

In their classic MGB GT sports-car, the pair set off on their journey on Thursday 12th June heading for the Channel Tunnel. Crossing from Kent to France they even managed to squeeze in a stop at Brands Hatch (race track) on the way, in build up to the Le Mans circuit.

A steady drive through France saw them arrive at the world-renowned Le Mans 24 hour track on Saturday where they were able to soak in the atmosphere of the historic venue.

With enough time left over to still pay a visit to Normandy, to pay their respects to the fallen soldiers from the D-Day landings, they then headed back up North to catch an overnight ferry from Caen to Portsmouth.

RETURNED: Moin Valli and his driving partner, Andrew McGee, returned just in time for Father’s Day after a four day adventure to the Le Mans 24-hour race circuit

RETURNED: Moin Valli and his driving partner, Andrew McGee, returned just in time for Father’s Day after a four day adventure to the Le Mans 24-hour race circuit

It was then a direct route up the motorway for the men as they made it back to Huddersfield, via Silverstone of course, in time for tea on Father’s Day.

Moin, an optician by trade, said he had an amazing time on the trip and explained how important it was for people to help with fundraising initiatives.

He said: “We had a fantastic time which was made very special by the knowledge that we have raised about £5,000 for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

“The hospice has to raise over £2.8million pounds each year to provide their vital services with less than five per cent coming from government funding so initiatives such as this really do make a difference.”

Kate Goldring, Corporate Partnership Manager at the charity added: “The Forget Me Not 500 offers an exciting and unique way for supporters to get involved with our charity and we have been thrilled with the great efforts that both Valli Opticians and Deco-Pak have put in to the rally.

“Their cars looked absolutely fantastic and we couldn’t wait to hear how they got on when they got back.

Their support has been incredible and we would like to say a huge thank you to them both.”

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Children’s hospice welcomes new ambassadors

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A Huddersfield-based children’s hospice was proud to announce the arrival of two new ambassadors earlier this week.

ITN newscaster, Nina Hossain, and serial entrepreneur, Graham Leslie, were welcomed to the positions at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice after working with the charity in the past.

Nina, from a Bangladeshi background, currently presents the news on ITV and helped launch the charity’s Tea Party Campaign in August, attending a special Yorkshire Day tea party with her own children.

REPRESENTATIVES: Nina Hossain and Graham Leslie (centre), were made official ambassadors of the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice last week, pictured here with the charity’s Chief Executive, Peter Branson

REPRESENTATIVES: Nina Hossain and Graham Leslie (centre), were made official ambassadors of the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice last week, pictured here with the charity’s Chief Executive, Peter Branson

As a keen supporter of the charity, which covers the Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield areas, Nina said she was looking forward to helping the team raise vital funds throughout the upcoming years.

She said: “I hope that Graham [Leslie] and I can work together, to help in any way possible, to get the message out there about how vital the work is that Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice does for its community.

“There are 700 families that could benefit from the care and support from the charity and we need to make them aware of the help that is available to them.

“The charity needs to raise a gigantic £2.8million each year and we need to support the team at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice to ensure that they are getting the right funding this year, for future years and decades to come.”

Nina and Graham join fellow Forget Me Not ambassadors, Hannah Cockroft - MBE, British Wheel Chair Athlete and Paralympic Gold Medalist - and Daniel Lloyd - British Racing Car Driver and Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholarship Winner.

Peter Branson, Chief Executive of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice was delighted to welcome the pair to the hospice team.

He added: “We are thrilled that both Graham Leslie and Nina Hossain have accepted our invitation to become Ambassadors of our charity.

“They are both already extremely passionate and supportive of the work that we do.

“Their role as Ambassadors will be to champion our cause and continue to support specific campaigns and events to help us build awareness and reach out to more families who need our help.”

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