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David is revved up for week-long fundraiser on the continent
An Indesit director will swap cookers for cars when he takes part in a seven-day rally to raise money for Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.
Indesit brand is sponsoring David Ancill, Head of Purchasing UK at Peterborough-based Indesit Company, to take part in the Rally For Heroes challenge, which will see him drive 3,000 miles through Western Europe.
The father of two will be joined by best friend Mathew Jones as co-driver and they will be under the orders of celebrity starter Murray Walker OBE at the Top Gear Test track at Dunsfold Park, in Surrey, this Saturday.
David, who lives in Crowland, near Peterborough, says he is nervously excited about the challenge and wants to raise as much money as possible for the two charities.
"A drive like this is something we've both wanted to do for a number of years," he reveals. "We are both keen motorcyclists but when we read about the Rally For Heroes we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to cover some miles together on four wheels.
"We want to raise as much money as we can for both these worthy charities. Two relatives are based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire and have both served in Afghanistan."
The pair, who will be driving an Indesit-sponsored black Jaguar XF, will be one of 50 cars taking part all at their own expense. The rally will involve up to 14 hours of driving a day.
The route will see them head down through France and up through Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. They will drive along some of the most challenging and interesting tracks and routes such as the Stelvio Pass and the Monaco and the Hockenheim race circuits.
So far David and Mathew have managed to raise an impressive £10,000 for the two charities.
They want this figure to rise even more to help Rally for Heroes reach its £100,000 target. This equates to less than £300 for each life lost in the Afghan conflict.
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Picture shows: The Indesit Company car David Ancill, left, and Mathew Jones will be driving through Europe
17th August 2012