THIS year’s Scumrun banger-driving rally will start from Honnington Farm in Southborough on May 11, raising tens of thousands of pounds for charity.

The four-day event features teams in modified vehicles and fancy dress travel hundreds of miles across Europe. Participating vehicles must cost less than £500 – but can then been customised significantly.

This year it is raising money for Together for Short Lives, the UK charity which provides support for children and young people who are expected to have short lives, making them as fulfilling as possible.

The farm will host a launch party featuring entertainer Timmy Mallett and music from the Eighties Hair Rock Experience, who will also be holding an air guitar competition.

After catching the ferry from Dover, the route for each day will be revealed in the morning, so teams do not know in advance where they are heading.

Edward White, the founder of Scumruns, said: “We’re really excited to be supporting such a fantastic charity whose work supports the lives of so many families.

“It’s great to know that the money raised by this event will help seriously ill children and their families across the UK to get the care and support they need to make every moment count.”

Since its inception in 2006, Scumrun has raised more than £800,000 for children’s charities across Britain.

Katherine Scott, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Together for Short Lives, said: “We’re delighted to have been chosen as Scumrun’s official charity partner in 2017.

“The money raised by the teams taking part in this epic four-day challenge will help families across the UK who are caring for a seriously ill child to make the most of their precious time together.”