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Pier trip pays off

PUBLISHED: 16:50 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:06 23 August 2010

PIER TOURISTS:  Marc and Albey and their green grass covered van.

PIER TOURISTS: Marc and Albey and their green grass covered van.

TWO fundraisers travelling in a green grass covered van have visited the town pier as part of a 10-day trip to each of the 54 piers in the country. The Great Pier to Pier Adventure, which began in Brighton on September 3, stopped at the Royal Terrace Pie

TWO fundraisers travelling in a green grass covered van have visited the town pier as part of a 10-day trip to each of the 54 piers in the country.

The Great Pier to Pier Adventure, which began in Brighton on September 3, stopped at the Royal Terrace Pier in Gravesend last Wednesday.

Marc Thorley, 28, from Brighton, and Albey Brooks, 19, from London, completed the record-breaking 3,000 mile journey to every pier in the UK on Friday.

They hope to raise a total of £5,000 for the Chestnut Tree Children's Hospice in Sussex which cares for youngsters up to the age of 19-years-old.

The pair, who both lived out of the back of the van, which runs on bio-diesel, arrived at Gravesend Pier at midday for a half-hour stop, before travelling to Herne Bay.

Albey Brookes said: "It's been a great experience, and everywhere we have gone we have been made to feel very welcomed.

"We have had to blag our way through, asking for food, sleeping in the back of the van, cooking on stoves. It has been something I will never forget.

"But as well as raising money, we want to raise awareness for piers in the country, like the one in Gravesend."

The trip has taken them all over Britain including the Isle of Wight, Blackpool, Skegness and even Fleetdown Pier in Lancashire, just 14 hours before it burned down on September 9.

Mr Thorley said: "So far, it has been great. We have a strict time limit and have had to drive through the night, sometimes through some beautiful countryside, and stop and take pictures at each pier.

"We have been raising money by sponsorship and collection buckets and people have been very generous so far.

"If we had to name a favourite pier, it would have to be Southwold, in Suffolk, it was simple, but classy."

n To donate money to the charity, visit www.justgiving.com/brightonpier.

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