TWO Cumbrian families are about to head off on the ultimate road trip in memory of their children.

Keith Leggett, from Carlisle, and his friend Mike Pryde, from Little Corby, will drive all the way from Carlisle to Benidorm in an old car.

Dubbed ‘Benidorm Bangers’, the challenge will raise funds for two charities that helped them when their children were terminally ill.

It is almost nine year since Keith lost his 21-month-old son Oscar, who died after being diagnosed with a brain tumour just months before. The charity CLIC Sargent was there to support the family.

Mike will be remembering his daughter Megan, who died of bowel cancer at the age of 19. He is raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The pair will be joined on the challenge by friends Mark Pearce and Johnny Wilson.

Together they will drive all the way from Carlisle to Benidorm over five days - with hundreds of other teams all taking part for their own charities.

They will cross the channel at Dover and drive through France, and hope to reach Benidorm by April 27.

Along the way there will be lots of competitions, including best car and best fancy dress, all to try to secure prize money for their chosen charity.

Keith and Mike took the car to Brunton Park on Saturday to secure support, and donations, from Carlisle United fans ahead of the match.

Keith said he wants to repay the charity for their help during Oscar’s illness.

“This challenge will be an emotional rollercoaster, yet fun at the same time.

“Doing events like these are always bitter sweet but I know Oscar will be doing it with me all the way. The support my family and I got from CLIC Sargent was second to none which we will always be entirely grateful for,” he said.

Mike said Megan’s legacy was raising awareness of cancer and funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust - work he is continuing in her memory.

“We had never heard of The Teenage Cancer Trust or CLIC Sargent before Megan was diagnosed but without their support, we would have struggled,” he said.

The men aim to raise £2,000. To support them visit