COOKING oil and the love for his dad will fuel a man’s 1,500 mile drive to Germany when he takes part in an unusual fundraising mission.
Jay McGreneghan is to run a marathon once he reaches Wolfsburg in the rare VW Caddy MK1 wheelchair ambulance, which has been converted to run on cooking oil, to raise £5,000 for The Stroke Association.
The cause is close to his heart as his dad Tony, 67, was left severely disabled in a care home after suffering two devastating strokes.
VW fanatic Jay, of Park Grange Croft, Norfolk Park, said: “When dad had his stroke eight years ago my life fell to bits trying to cope with it.
“I feel doing this is killing lots of birds with one stone, it’s helping me and giving the satisfaction of helping a good cause.
“It will be a tiring journey and a tough one as I’ve got to do the marathon at the end of it but I’m looking forward to it and seeing the VW museum and factory in Wolfsburg.”
The quest is also in memory of Jay’s cousin Michelle, who died this year aged 42 after having cancer and a stroke.
She had encouraged him to fundraise with the 20-year-old van he bought last year.
Jay, 39, said: “The van can smell. I’m sure people behind me are going to think they’re in a chippy.”
German documentary makers are following the journey next May and Jay has been inundated with offers of sponsorship, hotel stays and oil along the way. One sponsor, Gilders Volkswagen Repair Centre at Meadowhead, is preparing his vehicle for the trip by turning the van into a blank canvas for advertisements.
So far he has raised around £2,000 and is appealing for more to meet his target.
He added: “Thanks to everyone who has supported me on this very personal mission to raise awareness so people have been touched by stroke in any way know the support is out there.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/peoplescar to sponsor Jay.