A cancer survivor is urging Fiat owners to ‘light up’ Blackpool after announcing plans for a second charity parade through the town’s world famous Illuminations
Russell Lambert, 52, a salesman at Chorley Group Fiat on Amy Johnson Way, is holding the rally as a ‘thank you’ to those who helped him through his illness.
Last October more than 70 Fiat 500 owners came together to help raise £1,500 for Trinity Hospice.
Now Russell hopes to attract over a hundred Fiat 500s to this year’s event, which is taking place on Friday October 24 from 6.30pm.
And the Chorley Group is providing free fish and chips for all those who take part!
The father-of-one said: “The first charity parade was great fun, with over 200 people taking part.
“It was a spectacular sight, seeing 75 Fiat 500s travelling in convoy through the lights, all in the name of Trinity Hospice.
“We now want to make this year’s event even bigger and better, and we are even throwing in free fish and chips for all those who get involved!”
This year’s rally will start at the Chorley Group’s premises on Amy Johnson Way and the vehicles will parade in convoy through the Lights.
A charity raffle is also being planned, featuring some top prizes. Russell was inspired to organise the event after winning his own battle with cancer last year.
He was diagnosed with prostate cancer after having a routine check-up with his doctor, and underwent 13 weeks of radiotherapy before being given the all-clear last summer.
He said: “I went for a routine check-up and the doctor asked me if I’d ever had my prostate checked out.
“He did the test and told me I was in the early stages.
“It was a tough time but thankfully I got through it, thanks to the support of some incredible people.
“I was so lucky to have so many great people looking after me so this is my way of saying ‘thank-you’.”
For more details about the rally please visit the Chorley Group’s Facebook page or contact 01253 400510.