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2,000 miles on the yellow brick road

Malvern Editorial 17th Jul, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A MOTOR-VATED Malvern businessman helped to raise more than £100,000 for Prostate Cancer UK when he took part in a charity car rally.

A total of 24 cars were involved in the five-day drive, with teams of Keyline staff, its suppliers, customers and representatives spending more than 12 hours on the road each day.

Andrew Harrison, chief operating officer for Travis Perkins – which owns Keyline, was joined by customer Ray Darby, from Kent, for the special event.

Between them the pair managed to generate £6,755, which contributed to the overall total of £101,209, by tackling the 2,000-mile drive from Northfleet to Lake Como in Italy.

Each year every team picks a theme for the journey across Europe – this year it was the Sound of Musicals and saw Andrew and his partner travel in a Wizard of Oz themed car.

Fund-raisers were also joined by former England international footballer Luther Blissett, who is also a supporter of the cause.

Andrew said the best thing about the event was the sixth rally they had run which had allowed them to push the total up.

He added: “It was fantastic and probably the best drive we have done because we had to go through Switzerland, up into the mountains and then into Italy.

“We took it in turns to drive and did around 500 miles a day – it was good fun.

“We will definitely be doing it again next year.

“Prostate cancer affects more men and their families than any other cancer – it is a really important charity.

“I would like to thank everybody who donated to this amazing cause.”

Kieran Griffin, Keyline’s managing director, said everybody who took part in the rally had a fantastic time driving all the way to the beautiful Lake Como.

He added: “Spending so much time on the road was tiring, however when we learnt we had raised more than £100,000 it was definitely worth it.

“Each year 42,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer, with over 10,500 men dying from the illness – Prostate Cancer UK carry out sterling work and we thank everybody who donated.”

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