Keyline ‘Live and Let Drive’ for The Prostate Cancer Charity

  • 14 June 2012

Keyline Builders Merchants, a leading specialist in heavy building materials, civils and drainage solutions to the construction industry, is leading a race across Europe '007 style' as it teams up with The Prostate Cancer Charity to launch the Thunderball Rally.

Keyline has worked in partnership with The Prostate Cancer Charity since 2009 and is hoping to raise over £100,000 through the three-day rally.

Following an epic route inspired by the Bond film the rally will commence from the Keyline branch in Northfleet on 27th June and it will be a three day race against time to the top of the Bernese Oberland Alps in Switzerland. Each of the 24 teams must compete in a car seen in any of the James Bond films - but cannot use a sat nav or travel on any major main roads.

Entries were received from Keyline, other parts of the Travis Perkins Group as well as customers and suppliers.  Sponsors ACO, Lafarge, Tarmac, British Gypsum, Polypipe and Marshalls are all taking part, while Keyline Managing Director Andrew Harrison is taking part in a "clapped out" BMW Z3 along with his co-pilot Robin Proctor. 

He said: "The Thunderball Rally is going to be a fantastic experience having run two successful rallies in the last couple of years.  After the success of the Monte Carlo Rally in 2010 and The Italian Job rally in 2011, we decided a James Bond theme would be a great idea for this year's event. Robin Proctor and I have decided to drive a convertible BMW Z3 which has been in several James Bond films, we've really gone to town and wrapped the car in iconic characters from the James Bond films."

The Prostate Cancer Charity has been Keyline's charity partner since 2009, and have since raised over £400,000.

Owen Sharp, Chief Executive at The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: "Keyline has given a phenomenal amount of support to the work of The Prostate Cancer Charity, both in terms of fundraising and raising awareness of prostate cancer amongst its staff.

 "The Thunderball Rally is proof of their commitment to literally go that extra mile for the cause and I am thrilled to be taking part in it, alongside my co-driver, Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at the Charity.  With no Sat Nav, I am hoping that mine and Mark's map reading skills are up to scratch, so that we end up in Switzerland, and not the other end of Europe!"

Andrew Harrison adds: "Everyone within Keyline is proud of our relationship with The Prostate Cancer Charity.  The partnership gives us an opportunity to engage with staff, suppliers and customers but more importantly increasing awareness of the effects of prostate cancer in men's health."

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Keyline supplies the widest range of heavy building materials, civils and drainage solutions to the UK construction industry with a network of branches nationwide. Expert staff in our national network of branches provide effective solutions and responsive service to contractors and local tradesmen, supplying thousands of product lines to trade professionals and specialist contractors. A range of services including a branch finder, secure online ordering and order tracking are also available through our trade-dedicated website, Trademate,

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Travis Perkins plc

A major PLC, Travis Perkins is a leading company in the builders' merchant and home improvement markets, and is a main supplier to the building and construction market, one of the largest industries in the UK.

Travis Perkins recently acquired the BSS Group, a market leading distributor to specialist trades. The combined Group turns over in excess of £4.2bn, operates through eighteen businesses with more than 1,800 trading branches, employing around 20,000 colleagues.

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The Prostate Cancer Charity

For further information onThe Prostate Cancer Charityplease contact:

Ellie Brooke 0208 222 7669

Kate Cowling 0208 222 7645

Out of hours contact: 0798 432 5001

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK. Every year in the UK over 40,000 men are diagnosed with the disease and 250,000 men are living with it. One man dies every hour of prostate cancer in the UK.

African Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men.

The Prostate Cancer Charity is striving for a world where lives are no longer limited by prostate cancer. The Charity is fighting prostate cancer on every front - through research, support, information and campaigning.

If you have any queries about prostate cancer, call The Prostate Cancer Charity's confidential Helpline 0800 074 8383 which is staffed by specialist nurses and open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and Wednesdays from 7 - 9pm or visit