Thursday, August 11, 2011

News: JELD-WEN in Italian Job charity fundraiser


Rotherham door manufacturer JELD-WEN has pledged its support for a cancer charity by entering a team into the "Keyline Italian Job challenge" and sponsoring an old-style mini they used to enter the race.

Overall, £111,000 was raised for The Prostate Cancer Charity, with the JELD-WEN team raising £2,500 towards the grand total.

Twenty four minis and other sponsored cars took to the road, leaving the Keyline Builders Merchants branch in Northfleet in Kent and heading out to Turin in Italy, without the use of satellite navigation or motorways.

The JELD-WEN team, consisting of Kevin Edmonds and Dave Taylor covered the 1615 mile round trip in an impressive driving time of 43.5 hours, giving an average speed of 37 mph – not bad for an old car! The highlight of the challenge was a rally around the concrete roof of the former Fiat factory in Turin, in an exciting authentic scheme from the film "The Italian Job."

All did not run smoothly and the team faced the challenge of a mini with a split bypass hose, which meant regular stops along the way to check the hose and refill the car with water and fuel oil, however this did not dampen the team's spirits at all.

Kevin Edmonds from JELD-WEN, said: "This was such an exciting challenge, we loved driving around in a classic 1980's mini and recreating the scene from the Italian Job, which is something I will never forget. There was great team spirit amongst everyone involved and we were delighted to support our customer, Keyline Builders Merchants and to be a part of something that raised so much money for such a worthy cause."

JELD-WEN, on the Sheffield border at Woodhouse Mill, employs around 400 staff in South Yorkshire and an 1,200 strong workforce at a total of four sites across the UK. They produce thousands of internal and external doors every week for distribution through builders merchants across the country.

JELD-WEN website

Images: JELD-WEN


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