A campaigner behind the international battle against parental alienation walked more than 100 miles to pick up an eccentric new ‘battle bus’.
A supporter of the fight from Telford had created a Furbie – an old Volkswagen Beetle covered in pink fur – as a publicity tool for the National Association of Alienated Parents and D.A.D.s (dads against double standards).
And long-distance campaigner Andrew John Teague made the gruelling journey from his home in Swansea to the sprawling Shropshire new-town to take possession of the vehicle which has a pretend clockwork key protruding from the boot lid.
“I thought it was a bit of a wind up when we heard about it, but I thought I might as well take a stroll and check it out,” Andrew laughed.
The Beetle is also festooned with information about NAAP and D.A.D.s and gives contact details for victims of the problem where one parents turns a child against the other.
Andrew said: “It’s an amazing thing and turns heads where ever it goes. We will be using it at so many of our events, Furbie should go viral!”
The vehicle was donated by Love2explore motorhome and the man who sorted it our, John Wilkes, said: “I’ve got to admit it’s one of my crazier ideas and it took some creative work. But I’m really pleased with it and I know it will do some good.”
Andrew and many of the 20-odd thousand members of his Facebook group D.A.D.S. ) and colleagues from the NAAP, already embroiled in a marathon task of distributing the videos to every school in the UK explaining about parental alienation.
There are currently 32,113 schools in the UK. Of these, 20,925 are primary schools and 4,168 are secondary schools. There are 2,381 independent schools, 1,256 special schools and 351 pupil referral units. 1,617 schools are in Wales – 1,287 primary, 200 secondary and 70 independent schools. 5,045 schools are in Scotland and 1,170 schools in Northern Ireland.
Andrew has also been climbing hills and mountains in a bid to ‘shout his message from the heights’.
He has climbed in Scotland, Wales and the Lake District.