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Bumble Bee Rally


Bumble Bee Rally



Bumble Bee Rally takes to the Highlands
The Bumble Bee rally will be back on the road again in September with a dozen or so cars heading towards Inverness to begin what has become a popular route known as the North Coast 500.

Bumble Bee participants will leave from South Queens ferry between 1 and 2 pm on Thursday 22nd September gathering in Inverness to begin the official route on Friday morning. The route takes in Applecross, Ullapool, Durness, Thurso, John O’Grouts and Brora before heading to Invernesshire for a charity dinner at the prestigious Achnagairn Castle.

The rally was founded in 2015 by Edinburgh businessman Alan O'Connor and other friends of the late Richard Barlas who died suddenly last year of Sepsis at the young age of 50. Richard was known to many friends as B and affectionately referred to by his wife Claire as Bumble Bee, hence the rally’s name.

The rally’s first outing was a 1,500-kilometre trek from Edinburgh through seven countries and across the Swiss Alps down to Monte Carlo replicating a route O’Connor took with his friend Richard in 2008.

With great support from friends and sponsors, the rally managed to raise just over £12,000 at a dinner at Le Berlugan a la Plage in Beaulieu-Sur-Mer, one of the French Riviera’s most fashionable haunts who supported the event. Money raised went to the charity Richmond’s Hope who provide bereavement counselling for children who have lost a parent. Richard left behind 4 adorable children who despite their loss have been star pupils over the last year with the two eldest daughters receiving the highest accolade ever awarded at Edinburgh’s Cargilfield School.

The Bumble Bee 500 will be raising cash for The UK Sepsis Trust founded in 2012 by world leading specialist Dr Ron Daniels to help raise awareness and save lives from this often fatal condition. Each year in the UK there are 150,000 cases of sepsis resulting in a staggering 44,000 deaths, more than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined. Despite world Sepsis day being on Tuesday 13th September, 1 in 3 Britons are still unaware of or understand the condition.  

The rally has on this occasion been generously supported by John Martin Motor Group’s Murray Lotus, Belmont Motor Group and Lewis Sutton Property Consultants who are also taking part. Fellow organiser Ken Pritchard will be calling out raffle winners at Sundays charity dinner to help raise more funds for the trust.

For further information, contact.

Alan O'Connor
07768 651 343






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