Saturday, 21 October 2017

Father and son recreate Italian Job for charity

A MAN from Peppard is to take on a charity challenge themed on the Michael Caine film The Italian Job.

A MAN from Peppard is to take on a charity challenge themed on the Michael Caine film The Italian Job.

Richard Llewellyn, 62, and his son Ryan, 32, who lives in Newcastle, will drive in a Mini from Imola in Italy to Ashford in Kent, setting off next Saturday (October 29).

Mr Llewellyn, who is retired, heard about the annual event last year from a former colleague at RWE npower, where he was station manager for Didcot B power station.

The pair are raising money for Variety, a national charity that funds specialist equipment and fun days for disabled and disadvantaged children.

They hope to raise £1,000 in donations and will fund the drive themselves.

Mr Llewellyn, who lives in Stoke Row Road with his wife Lesley, said: “The event has been going since 1990 and my son is passionate about the film. He would single it out as his favourite. I heard there was an opportunity to take part and raise money for a children’s charity so we decided to do it together.”

Entrants can use classic or modern Minis as well as any other vehicles that were used in the 1969 film, such as Lamborghinis and Ferraris.

The Llewellyns will be in a pepper white modern Mini and will cover about 1,000 miles in seven days.

Mr Llewellyn said: “I never thought the opportunity to do this sort of thing would come along. I would not have known about it without being told but it seems like a good thing to do and I have been influenced by my son’s passion for the film.

“The charity helps children with difficulties and I have been quite impressed with the range of things they offer.”

To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/theitalianjobrally



More News:

Latest video from

VIDEO: WW2 battles relived at Mapledurham
 

POLL: Have your say