Friday June 3rd sees the start of the latest fundraiser for Ups ‘n’ Downs as 21 cars full of intrepid fundraisers set off from Wellingborough in cars bought for just £500 or less…destination Venice!!

Over 50 individual supporters have volunteered to make the epic 2,500 mile round trip, most raising money individually as well as paying their entrance fee, all of which is very kindly being donated to Ups ‘n’ Downs.

The drivers will be departing at a ridiculously early 2.00am on the 3rd to reach Dover for the ferry after which they will be heading south-east across the whole of France and into the Black Forest for the first nights rest.

Day Two sees the rally head through the Swiss Alps and into Northern Italy for an evening of pizza and little vino rosso in Venice.

After a lie-in (ready for the off at about 9.00am) the group depart for Frankfurt via the Austrian Alps where they’ll be enjoying a foot-long Bratwurst and a few hours rest before the final leg.

Day Four and it’s homeward bound, via Luxembourg, Holland and Belgium before catching the Calais ferry and slugging their way back to sunny Northants for a well-earned real ale or two at The Red Lion in Cranford.

Anyone looking to support the team in their efforts can do so via the official Virgin Money Giving fundraising page at:


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Plans are now being finalised for the 10th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at Wicksteed Park Pavilion on Saturday June 18th.  Not only will we have live music from the Rutland Big Band and fun and games in a Hollywood theme but we will also be treated to a culinary masterclass from some of the country’s top young chefs in what promises to be an evening to remember.  If you haven’t yet bought your tickets for this fantastic event, get in quick now before they all go!


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emma-franklin2A huge thank you to Emma Franklin who took part in ‘Across The Divide’, on 12th May, in support of UpsnDowns. After months of hard training, she walked an amazing 40km across the South Downs and raised a fantastic £551.25. Well done Emma and a massive thank you from all our members.