Longton couple take ‘extreme staycation’ to raise funds for cancer charity

Posted on - 24th January, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Fulwood, Longton & New Longton, People, Preston News, Proud Preston, Sharoe Green, South Ribble News
Wanda decorated for the occasion

A Longton couple have taken an ‘extreme staycation’ in their VW campervan to raise funds for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.


Julie Kline and Dave Hird were not in breach of any lockdown rules, as their weekend break only took them as far as their driveway.

With Wanda parked by the house, the couple began their staycation with a
Facebook live-streamed Welcome to Wanda tour.

They followed it with more livestreams every two hours, including one featuring a chili con carne cook-off in Mexican costume and a pop quiz amid flashing disco lights that reflected off Wanda’s temporary glitterball.

So far they have raised over £650 for the charity.

Read more: Former Royal Preston Hospital nurse makes great strides for Rosemere Cancer Foundation

Julie, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 and completed successful treatment at Rosemere Cancer Centre that same year, said: “We bought our 10-year-old campervan, Wanda, about a year-and-a-half ago with plans to travel around Europe in her.

Julie and Dave
Julie and Dave have raised over £650 so far

“The pandemic has put the brakes on what we’ve been able to do so far and like many people, we’re desperate to get on the road again – so desperate
we thought we’d take a mini break in Wanda to help Rosemere and have
some fun with our family and friends by inviting them to join us virtually.

“We’d like to thank everyone who supported our camp out. Rosemere is a
great local charity that helped me seven years ago. It was hard work but a
good laugh in these challenging Covid times.

“Hopefully, it won’t be too long now before we can go a bit further in Wanda.”

Read more:Grants come in to keep Preston cancer clinic open

Julie has previously run a half marathon and taken part in three sprint triathlons to fundraise for Rosemere.

To donate to Julie and Dave’s fundraiser, visit JustGiving.

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