Claudine Bloom and Andy Twort, with Amy Amazon, present their donation to Chrisetta Mitchell and Zena Stewart from The Leanne Fund

The Leanne Fund was delighted to receive nearly £5,000 raised through an epic challenge – the Peking to Paris Endurance Car Rally – completed by an Isle of Lewis duo.

Island residents Claudine Bloom and Andy Twort took part in the gruelling Peking to Paris Endurance Car Rally last summer, crossing two continents and travelling thousands of miles in their faithful 1965 Volvo Amazon model 122 car, aptly named 'Amy Amazon'.

The couple chose to support The Leanne Fund as one of their charities and raised an amazing £4,952.89.

Set up in 2009 in memory of Leanne Mitchell, the charity funds special treats and a range of support services for young people affected by Cystic Fibrosis, and their familes, in the Highlands and Islands.

It relies entirely on fundraising, sponsors and charitable donations to fund the valuable work, which aims, as Leanne herself did, to create happy memories now that can last a lifetime..

Chrisetta Mitchell, Development Manager of The Leanne Fund, said: “We were so grateful to Claudine and Andy for the funds raised and also their efforts to raise awareness of the charity.

“Their challenge was an incredible feat of endurance and the funds they raised will go towards making a difference to the lives of young people affected by Cystic Fibrosis.”

You can read all about the adventures of Claudine, Andy and Amy Amazon by clicking here.

And to find out more about The Leanne Fund, please visit