TV star hails charity cab drivers as they go Benidorm or Bust

Benidorm star Tim Healy meets with the banger rally drivers who are (left to right) Ian  Fraser, Paul Ashworth, Steve Fagan and Mark Fitzpatrick.
Benidorm star Tim Healy meets with the banger rally drivers who are (left to right) Ian Fraser, Paul Ashworth, Steve Fagan and Mark Fitzpatrick.

One of the stars of the smash hit comedy show Benidorm has made a special trip to meet with  a team of colleagues who are driving to Spain in a charity banger rally.

Tim Healy, who plays the cross dressing barman Les in the show, met up with one of the teams from Nelson's Graham Engineering yesterday after they set off on the 1,400 mile Benidorm or Bust charity challenge drive.

Eight pals, calling themselves Lancashire Lads who live in Burnley and Pendle, are driving to the Costa in two customised London black cabs.

The lads had been hoping to meet with some of the cast of the show when they arrived in Benidorm but filming has just finished and they are all back in the UK.

But when Tim heard the friends were doing the rally to raise money for the GEM Appeal which provides research and treatment for incurable genetic diseases in children he was keen to meet them.

So it was set up for the star to greet the team as they arrived in Wilmslow yesterday on the way to Dover.

Team member Ian Fraser said: "Tim is one of the main patrons of the charity so were really pleased when he asked to meet with us."

It was certainly a great start for the guys who are travelling in the cabs, one decked out in Claret and blue and the second which is Grease style complete with flames painted on the front and side the interior done out with leopard print seats and a glitterball.

The pals are among hundreds taking part in the rally which sets the challenge to complete the drive in a banger car costing no more than £500. The aim is to raise as much cash as possible for charity.

Along with Ian the team members are Chris Hogan, John Harrison, Mark Wolstenholme, Mark Fitzpatrick, Paul Ashworth, Ian Dawes and Steve Fagan

For more information about the rally go to www.benidormorbust.co.uk or to sponsor the lads click onto www.justgiving.com/Lancashire-Lads