Alan’s Epic Journey for Zoe’s Place

Published date: 28 September 2023
Coventry Press release

Skinflint Rally is back for its fifth year and this year, the Co-founder Alan Collins is raising money for Zoe’s Place! Alan is just one of 20 drivers from across the UK which are making this incredible journey to support different charities.

Throughout this challenging rally, these cars demonstrate incredible resilience. From conquering the Eurotunnel to Lindau on day one, to facing the renowned Stelvio pass on the second day and finding rest in Lienz by nightfall. Day three brings them to the awe-inspiring Grossglockner Alpine Pass, culminating in the grand city of Vienna. Their triumphant return is a testament to their determination, echoing the strength of the families supported by Zoe’s Place. 

Alan’s car of choice for this epic adventure is a Kia Sedona, affectionally dubbed a “£500 banger” with a staggering 170,000 miles on the clock. It’s a vehicle that has undergone a vibrant yellow makeover in preparation for the trip to Vienna and hopefully back! Painted yellow with bear ears to match the Zoe’s Place bear, it stands out amongst the other rally cars. Just as Zoe’s Place does for the families that visit every day.

On social media, Alan shared: “Just made a quick trip to Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in Coventry. The mascot and some of the staff signed the car. I even got to meet some of the incredible children they look after! Even more determined to complete this now!”

Head of fundraising, Ian Carr, praised his efforts saying, “This type of dedication fuels our mission. We’re thankful beyond words to Alan for choosing to raise funds for us.”

Alan has raised over £600 and counting for Zoe’s Place. If you’d like to support Alan and Zoe’s Place, you can donate using the link here.


Alan and his team drove the yellow car across to Europe and made it all the way to day 4 before disaster struck! On day 4, the Zoe’s Place car was on its way to the scrapyard after it failed to start. Fortunately, the team finished the rally with another car which wasn’t as bright or fun as the Kia. In total the rally raised £647 for Zoe’s Place Coventry.

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