Amy Amazon rally success in Peking to Paris

A daring duo from the Isle of Lewis have raised nearly £5,000 for The Leanne Fund by completing the Peking to Paris Rally.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 19th July 2016, 2:10 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 7:23 pm
Claudine, with a Leanne Fund  t-shirt, at the Great Wall of China.
Claudine, with a Leanne Fund t-shirt, at the Great Wall of China.

Setting off from the Great Wall outside Beijing on June 12th, Claudine Bloom and Andy Twort in their faithful 1965 Volvo Amazon model 122 car, ‘Amy Amazon’, finally reached Paris on July 17th after an epic journey across two continents.

The rally took the couple through vast expanses of the Gobi Desert, where they had to camp out for several nights, over the mountain ranges and plains of southern Siberia and finally the exciting mountain passes of the Alps.

They finished in the top section of drivers meaning they have Gold status – 14th overall and third in their class which Claudine said was ‘far far higher than our wildest dreams’.

Amazing Challenge

Chrisetta Mitchell, The Leanne Fund, said: “We are so grateful to Claudine and Andy for supporting The Leanne Fund through this amazing challenge.

“We have enjoyed watching their progress along the way and we were delighted to see the Leanne Fund t-shirt in various locations including the Great Wall of China and Belarus.”

Amy Amazon was also raising funds for the Chestnut Tree House children’s Hospice in Sussex.

To support Amy Amazon’s challenge for The Leanne Fund visit or find them Amy Amazon on Facebook to read all about the adventure.

The Leanne Fund supports Cystic Fibrosis sufferers and was set up in 2009 in memory of Leanne Mitchell.

The charity aids special treats and a range of support services for young people affected by Cystic Fibrosis and their families in the Highlands and Islands.

To find out more information on the work of The Leanne Fund visit: