Forget Italy, and Rio, it’s the Germany Job

Participants in the Keyline Rally for Prostate Cancer UK

Participants in the Keyline Rally for Prostate Cancer UK

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Two Lancastrians joined a convoy to the continent to raise money for charity.

David Gardner and Mark Johnson set off to Hamburg along with 26 other cars on a mammoth 1980s-themed fundraising car rally to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

The pair, from Clitheroe, got involved in the adventure with David’s employer, Keyline, a supplier of building materials, nominated the men’s health fund as their chosen charity.

David, a regional director said: “We’re a very male-dominated industry and tend to have a lot of male customers so it is important for us to raise funds and awareness.

“We do all sorts, abseiling, fun runs, cycling, charity balls, and we’ve almost hit the £1m mark.”

Previous car rallies including an Italian Job rally and a James Bond Thunderball themed rally raised more than £110,000 and on the fifth, 80s-themed rally, participants were urged to dress up in fancy dress.

“Each of us had to find a car that was related to our character for no more than £1,500.

“As I was dressed as Edward Woodward from the Equaliser, I drove an old Jaguar.

“But we had Ghostbusters car, the A-team van, KIT from Knightrider and a little car for the Mario Brothers; it was great. We got a lot of funny looks on the motorway.”

The team of drivers covered almost 2,500 miles.

David said: “We have raised roughly £112,000 for this rally but there is still money coming in.

“We’re looking at the final total being around £140,000.”

Ex-international footballer and supporter of Prostate Cancer UK, Luther Blissett, also took part in this year’s rally as an ambassador.

He said: “It is also about awareness raising and I urge all men to know their risks of prostate cancer.”


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