Man to take Lego car to Sahara desert as part of 30 challenges for Teenage Cancer Trust

Rich Lethbridge brought his car to SELE First school in Hexham so children could add their own Lego to the car

L-R Hollie Scott and George Brotherton with Matilda Blackburn (sunroof) from Sele First School in Hexham who had a visit from a lego car in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust


Decked out with thousands of pieces of Lego, Rich Lethbridge hopes his car can help him in his 30 Going On 30 mission.

The electrical engineer is just over halfway through his fundraiser of doing 30 challenges in his 30th year to raise £30,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

His Lego car is involved in challenge number 17, the Dumball Rally to the Sahara Desert which will see him set off on Friday morning in the ‘fancy dress’ car.

“There are 30 cars taking part and it is for the Teenage Cancer Trust,” said Rich.

“On Friday morning we head to France and drive through France and then head on to Spain, over to Morocco. Then we spend a night in the Sahara Desert before turning round and coming back.

“It’s 3,200 miles we will cover if the car makes it. You have to prove the car is not worth more than £400, the lego itself costs more than the car. The challenge is to get an old banger, fancy dress it and get it to the Sahara,” said Rich, whose girlfriend Lauren Payen will be his co-driver.

Rich will end his epic mission on September 7 this year by taking part in the Great North Run. So far he has raised almost £10,000 for the charity and hopes to reach £30,000 by September.

Rich, who has lived in Hexham, Northumberland, visited SELE First School in Hexham this week so children could marvel at his lego car and also get the chance to donate and stick with own Lego piece on.

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