A GROUP of friends drove from Barnsley to Benidorm to raise money for the Barnsley Hospice.

Tracey Wainwright, of Limes Avenue, Staincross, alongside seven of her friends, took on the 1,500-mile challenge between May 15 and 18 in cars costing around £500 as part of the ‘Benidorm or Bust’ charity rally.

Almost 200 teams met in Dover and drove across France and Spain over a four-day period.

The group from Barnsley were separated into two teams - the women naming themselves Disco Divas who drove a £330 Jaguar S-Type - and the men naming themselves Skared, who drove a £510 Mercedes E-Class.

Team Disco Divas made it as far as the Pyrenees before their car’s gearbox failed and they were forced to continue in a hire car.

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However, the Mercedes managed to make it to the Costa Blanca finish line.

Tracey, 51, said: “It started as a mad idea one of us had last summer, but we decided to go ahead and do it.

“It turned into an adventure for old people. The camaraderie between the teams was fantastic and the atmosphere was like nothing I’ve experienced before - it was just pure joy.

“When we broke down about five other teams stopped to see what they could do to help.

“We’re very grateful to Tapfreight in Carlton and Enterprise Garage in Barnsley who kindly sponsored us.”

Together the teams managed to raise a total of £1,200 which will be split between the Barnsley Hospice, Wakefield Hospice and Macmillan.