A SOUTH Tyneside soldier has showed a lot of drive to raise £6,000 for two Armed Forces’ charities.
Major Jamie Hayward got behind the wheel of a BMW 850 to tackle a 3,000-mile European road challenge.
The 37-year-old was accompanied by brother-in-law Darren Scarborough as part of a 100-strong team that travelled through France, Italy and Germany in 50 cars.
The seven-day road trip was raising money for Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion.
The dad-of-two from South Shields, said: “Being part of the event was great. Despite a few mechanical hiccups on the way, all 50 cars made it around the route.
“The driving was very hard – over 12 hours most days – but the scenery was amazing, especially through the mountains.”
The Rally For Heroes event was started by soldier Benn Laidler and friend Mick Clark in 2010 to raise money for charities helping servicemen and women. The route took the drivers from the Top Gear test track in Guildford, Surrey, across to France and down to Monaco.
They continued through Italy and Austria and finished in northern Germany before heading back to the UK.
Mr Scarborough, 42, and Maj Hayward, who is a veteran of three tours of Iraq and one of Northern Ireland, raised a total of £6,000.
More than £110,000 was raised in total by all 50 cars.
Maj Hayward received support on his fundraising mission from businesses including Durham Sheet Metal Work, based in Commercial Road, South Shields.
Help for Heroes offers help and support to armed service personnel injured primarily in recent conflicts.
The Royal British Legion provides help and support to members of the armed forces past and present.
Another Rally for Heroes event is planned for 2014. For more information on Rally for Heroes, visit www.rallyforheroes.com.