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Andrew Singleton and David Jackson, of Marshalls, Elland, who are about to embark on a Italian Job style rally in a Mini Cooper to Turin

Andrew Singleton and David Jackson, of Marshalls, Elland, who are about to embark on a Italian Job style rally in a Mini Cooper to Turin

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SALES directors Andrew Singleton and David Jackson are doing more than going the extra mile for charity - they’re driving all the way to Turin and back.

The two friends, who work for Marshalls plc, are tackling The Italian Job, a gruelling 96-hour round trip rally drive from Calais with the aim of helping to raise £100,000 for the Prostate Cancer charity.

The journey will take four days and the 30 cars involved in the rally will set from Calais today. Ahead of them will be a drive across six countries with daily challenges along the way.

The rally will end with a spin around the top floor of Turin’s Lingotto Hotel, the iconic former Fiat factory with a rooftop test track that featured in the climactic getaway sequence in the 1969 movie ‘The Italian Job’.

Andrew said: “We are delighted to represent Marshalls in the Turin rally and hope that by taking part we will raise plenty of money for the Prostate Cancer charity and raise awareness among anyone who sees the cars as they make their way through the UK and Europe.

“I only hope we don’t ‘blow the bloody doors off’!”

Andrew and David will be flying the flag for ‘Team Marshalls’ and hope to raise £5,000 through their efforts.

The Italian Job rally is organised by builders’ merchant Keyline and sponsored by Marshalls.

Mark Bishop, head of fundraising at the Prostate Cancer charity, said: “The commitment to raise £100,000 is amazing.”

Last year more than £70,000 was raised when 18 cars made the 2,200 mile round trip from Kent to Monte Carlo.

To sponsor the team or follow their progress log onto www.marshalls.co.uk

Are YOU doing anything madcap for charity? Tell us all about it. Email: stephen.firth@brighouseecho.co.uk