Round Britain Coastal Drive increases amount raised for Prostate Cancer UK to over £250,000

November 5, 2019 By Mike
Last updated on November 5, 2019
  • Fifty classic XK Jaguars participated in fund-raising, 18-day, 3,400-mile drive around Britain
  • Land speed record-breaker Don Wales flagged in the finishers
  • Target achieved, building on the annual event’s previous £200,000 in donations

This year’s Round Britain Coastal Drive has successfully achieved its aim of increasing the amount raised by the event for Prostate Cancer UK to more than £250,000. This year’s Drive concluded on 3 October at Lyndhurst in the New Forest National Park, 18 days after starting at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.

Funds raised this year came from people sponsoring the crews of the 50 cars which participated in all or part of the 3,400-mile drive around the circumference of the British mainland. Participants also raised money by carrying collection tins and actively requesting donations at venues en route, from photoshoots in Portmeirion, traffic jams caused by passing film crews in Scotland, to the various sunny seafront locations.

Runners in this year’s Round Britain Coastal Drive were flagged-away from the National Motor Museum by automotive book publisher and author Philip Porter, who also co-founded the International Jaguar XK Club, and who was inspired to create this event four years ago after receiving successful treatment for prostate cancer. 18 days later, runners were flagged across the finish-line by World and UK land speed record holder Don Wales, who has also been successfully treated for prostate cancer. Don – grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell MBE and nephew of Donald Campbell CBE – raised additional funds for Prostate Cancer UK at the Drive’s post-event dinner by auctioning a plaque containing a piece of the record-breaking boat Bluebird in which Donald Campbell lost his life on Coniston Water in 1967.

Philip Porter said, “For an event that was created as a one-off, it’s wonderful that the Round Britain Coastal Drive has continued to raise significant sums for charity four years later. The fact that this event brings together classic Jaguar owners for a scenic and sociable drive, which they can choose to join for anything from one day to 18 days, is a lovely bonus.”

Highlights of the Drive included a visit to Ben Nevis Distillery, where lunch was hosted by Jimmy Stewart of Fort William-based Classicfabs; lunch and a workshop tour of Turner Classics in Ramsgate, Kent; and a workshop tour of CKL Developments near Hastings in Sussex. Technical support throughout the event was kindly provided by renowned Jaguar parts specialists SNG Barratt Group, CBR Classic Restorations and Twyford Moors.

Gabriella Bailey, Senior Head of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, commented, “We are so incredibly grateful to Philip Porter and everyone involved in this year’s Round Britain Coastal Drive for Prostate Cancer UK. These events are fantastic and have raised over £250,000 for the charity, a tremendous amount that will help save men’s lives.

“Any funds raised through our partnership with the Jaguar XK Club this year, will be match-funded, pound for pound, by an anonymous partner. This generous offer will go towards supporting our Specialist Nurse services, the UK’s only telephone, email and Live Chat support specific to prostate cancer, at Prostate Cancer UK. For this we are extremely grateful.”