The Beep Beep Tour will see an entourage of drivers, five old bangers and charity ambassadors travelling from Brighton to the Isle of Man, stopping off at various locations across the country and completing challenges as they go.
The tour will start in Brighton on 20 April 2019, where an iconic procession of mods will lead the entourage out of the city. From there they will stop off for challenges at Aylesbury and Liverpool, finishing on the Isle of Man on 24 April 2019 for Meningitis Awareness Day.
Drivers will be put through their paces by pro-racing drivers and scavenger hunts, and will be calling on passing drivers to toot their horns to give a ‘Beep Beep’ in support.
Inspired by Reggie’s favourite toy
Reggie died in a matter of hours when he developed pneumococcal meningitis and septicaemia after suffering a bout of influenza, aged almost 14 months old. The tour, named after his favourite toy car, was set up by parents Chantal and Adam to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of the disease.
After losing him they found their whole world had suddenly been destroyed, and wanted to raise money for research into the disease and support to other families affected. They also felt that it was important to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms to get them on the radar of as many people as they could.
Chantal Kingswood, Reggie’s mother, said, “Reggie’s toy car, his Beep Beep, was his favourite; his eyes lit up whenever he saw it."
“Our whole world has been taken from under our feet, but we have decided to focus our energy on raising money and awareness in Reggie’s memory, in the hope that other parents and loved ones don’t have to suffer in the way we have."
“We hope lots of people will make a donation and also come out and do a ‘Beep Beep’ for us in support, with drivers honking their horns when they pass the tour on the road, or posting them online. That may seem like a small thing, but it will really help us to raise awareness during the tour.”
Join the team on the road…
The Beep Beep Tour has been donated free ferry crossing from Steam Ferry Company for up to ten teams, to help them get to their finish point on the Isle of Man. Each team, involving at least one qualified driver each, is tasked with buying the cheapest car possible (with MOT), decorating it, and deciding on a team name. The trip will be self-funded in the main, which means that every penny that the drivers raise will go directly to Meningitis Now.
Chantal added, “The teams will definitely be put through their paces, but it will not be without exhilaration, memorable moments and the odd surprise guest. We have a wonderful gang of people already signed up and would love to hear from anyone else who wants to join our crew and make a team.”
Look out for updates from The Beep Beep Tour on their Facebook page as we get closer to the big launch.
Visit the website at www.beepbeeptour.co.uk or the online donation page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/beepbeeptour