A Banchory minibus driver has set off on a 5,000-mile charity journey to Africa.
Charlie Denny left Braemar and is heading to Banjul in The Gambia, Africa. He works as a minibus driver for the Scolty Centre in Banchory, so this journey is slightly longer than his usual trips up and down Deeside!
He is taking a minibus, which has been donated to Shine Africa by Stagecoach, and travelling through eight countries along its way.
Shine Africa is a charity dedicated to building nursery schools and provides nursery education in the tiny country of The Gambia, which has very few resources of its own.
Travelling with the bus will be six Land Rovers, manned by a group of intrepid travellers calling themselves The Rainbow Run.
In 2009 the Rainbow Run delivered two Land Rovers, filled with medical and educational goods, to the people of Banjul.
Charlie helped to initiate the donation of the bus and will be delivering it to its new home in Africa. All the vehicles taking part in the run will be donated to Shine Africa, the charity will then use the vehicles as they see fit. The bus will be delivering children to and from school.
At the end of the run, that will take approximately 24 days, they will then fly home at their own expense. For more information, visit www.therainbowrun.org.uk