Yeomans Nissan Portsmouth have supported local Mother and Son Team, Tracey and Luke Blake on their P2P Cross Country adventure by supplying them with a Nissan Leaf to use during the event.
Tracey Blake, is a former member of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) who damaged her spine in the Alps whilst rescuing two Royal Marines. Her son Luke is 19 years old, enjoys travelling on all forms of transport and is currently studying at an engineering college.
The local Mother and Son team, formed their own charity 'P2P’ to raise money for local military charities as well as for SSAFA (the Armed Forces charity), the Royal Navy, Royal Marines Children’s fund, Motability and Whizz-Kidz a charity who provides disabled children with the essential motability equipment.
Yeomans Nissan Portsmouth couldn’t help but notice what a great cause this is and therefore wanted to help raise awareness .
Whilst completing their maiden event; a 200 mile ride on disability trikes from Plymouth Naval Base to Portsmouth, they learnt that it was extremely difficult for disabled people to get around on public transport independently. This gave them the idea of highlighting this major issue by doing a three way, cross country race from Portsmouth to Aberdeen; using trains, coaches and an electric vehicle by seeing who could reach the finish line first. This event was known as P2P Cross Country and was completed over a 24 hour period in May 2017.
Team Train won the race with the Nissan Leaf in second place.
Terry Hancock, General Manager at Yeomans Nissan Portsmouth said "We couldn’t wait to be involved and we were thrilled to help Tracey and Luke by loaning them a Nissan Leaf for the event. The vehicle was specially sign written to ensure they got a good crowd following their journey. With it’s zero emissions, we felt the Nissan Leaf was the best car to help them complete the journey. It was highly effective with the rapid charging points in supermarkets and petrol stations on route. Although it was unable to beat the speed of the train, it did finish second and cost a lot less than traveling by train"