Merrick rally backs charity

The organisers of the Merrick Forest Stages Rally are throwing their weight behind a charity founded by competitor and rescue volunteer Rachel Medich.

Rally2Raise supports four charities: Cancer Research UK, the Nystagmus Network, the MS Society and the Joanne Bingley Memorial Foundation for post-natal depression.

Rachel, who lives near Aberdeen and works as an operating department practitioner with the NHS, raises funds through various rally-related actvities, from selling cakes at events, to this year competing in her distinctive yellow and blue Nissan Micra.

The navigator-turned-driver took part in her first championship event, the Snowman Rally, last month, when she drove the Micra as “course” car on one of the forest stages. She was co-driven by fellow fund-raiser Marieanne Gray.

Rachel’s next event is the Coltel Granite City Rally on April 14, when Katherine Begg will be making her debut as a navigator.

The Merrick will be offering the Rally2Raise crew free entry to the September 1 event, which will again be based in Wigtown and count as the penultimate round of the MSA Scottish Rally Championship.

Competitors will also be invited to make a donation to the charity when they enter online through the event website.

“We are delighted to name Rally2Raise as our nominated charity for this year’s Merrick,” said rally manager Allan Marshall. “Rachel and the girls are raising funds for such very good causes. Hopefully our efforts will help them in reaching their target.”

Although still six months away, Mr Marshall said planning for the Merrick was already well underway.

“The stages have been chosen and we will again be offering competitors one of the most compact routes in the Scottish championship. We’re delighted to be basing the event in Wigtown for the third year running, and, and we will be pulling out all the stops tomake the 2012 Merrick one of the best ever.”