It’s been so important for us throughout the 2CV Challenge that we don’t lose sight of why we’re doing it and who we’re raising money for. A number of us in the 2CV team have experienced firsthand the pain and anguish dementia causes both for the sufferers and their families; it doesn’t discriminate and there are always aftershocks.

Thankfully, so many amazing people devote every minute of their day to helping alleviate this condition and supporting those who have it. 

We were privileged enough to visit Richmond Village Retirement Home in Nantwich, and meet their fantastic team of dedicated people and discuss our challenge with a number of the residents. We were very pleased to hear of the fantastic memories many of the residents have of the 2CV, proving once again that it really is a car that transcends across generations. Of course, for every fond memory of the 2CV, there were some not-so-fond recollections of breakdowns, bumpy rides and cold seats!

We also joined in with residents as they enjoyed their puzzles and activities provided by the Richmond Village team, although we weren’t much help with the crossword – who knew that ‘7 Down: Glaringly Simple’ could be so difficult!

Sadly, the British weather wasn’t playing the game (as usual!) so residents were unable to see Flo in all her glory, but we were delighted to invite the wonderful staff members out to come and take a peek at her!

We also received four new challenges from the residents, which we will be sure to complete when we are abroad:

  • Collect as many French pebbles as possible for residents to paint after we return (victorious!)
  • Get at least 100 signatures in our Nantwich book, to display in the reception area.
  • Collect a walnut from Vinay in Grenoble – walnut capital of France!
  • Get a photo from every single town we visit and capture the range of people living in France.

In addition, Richmond Villages have very kindly agreed to donate any spare change that people can give after their holidays and excursions this year to The 2CV Challenge’s chosen charity, Dementia UK. If you can spare anything, it will all go to helping Dementia UK’s Admiral Nurses, who are specially trained staff members who help people living with dementia and their families.

Speaking about our visit, Nicola Jackson, Senior Village Advisor said: Here at Richmond Village Nantwich and in view of our new specialist Dementia Village in Willaston, we are always very keen to support our local community especially when it involves something as important as funding research into Dementia.

When we heard about the 2CV challenge and met with the guys doing it, we knew we wanted to get involved spending an afternoon coming up with some fiendish challenges for them to complete on their journey.

What we are particularly impressed with is the way in which they have chosen to raise awareness of dementia and the way people can help and support those living with it, their loved ones and carers. Driving across France in an old baby blue 2CV  called Flo whilst completing tasks is a novel and thoroughly original idea that we wish them every success with.

We are also truly honoured that they will starting their journey from Richmond Nantwich and we will all be cheering them on! Go Flo – you can do it!”

We’ll be back to visit all our friends at Richmond Villages Retirement Home in Nantwich just after we set off for our journey, so be sure to keep an eye out! And follow Rich, Steve and Flo on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram to keep up with the latest updates from the challenge and also to see the best moments from our journey!

Also, don’t forget, there’s still time to donate and set your challenge for the 2CV Team and support the fantastic work Dementia UK do.