'The Italian Job' E-Type aiming to raise awareness for charity

Prostate Cancer UK will have the Jaguar E-Type from 'The Italian Job' on show at the NEC Classic Motor Show

Prostate Cancer UK will be raising awareness at this year’s NEC Classic Motor Show with the help of the Jaguar E-Type from The Italian Job. The leading men’s health charity, which aims to stop the killer of one man every 45 minutes in the UK, will be joined by E-Type Club founder and charity ambassador Philip Porter, who has his own experiences of the disease.

The disease is set to become the most commonly diagnosed cancer of all in the UK by 2030, and Prostate Cancer UK sees the Classic Motor Show, the world’s biggest gathering of classic vehicle clubs, as the ideal place to spread its message.

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Porter’s support of the charity has included a recent Round Britain Coastal Drive, which raised more than £40,000. His iconic 1961 E-Type, best known for its starring role in 1969 cult film The Italian Job, will also take centre stage.

‘The E-Type is loved by so many people and an icon of the swinging sixties, and we thought we could use the cars to attract publicity around prostate cancer. So far, we’ve raised over £180,000 to help stop prostate cancer being a killer, and I’m looking forward to meeting more car enthusiasts at the NEC and spreading the word of Prostate Cancer UK’s work,’ said Porter.

The charity’s stand will also feature a pop-up shop, health information and support from Prostate Cancer UK nurses and a display designed to raise awareness of a disease, which currently affects one in eight men in the UK. Hosts of Discovery’s ‘Wheeler Dealers’, Ant Anstead and Mike Brewer, who are supporting Prostate Cancer UK through Quest TV’s Christmas campaign, will head up a live stage across the weekend.

‘Cancer is strange because everyone is affected by it, we’ve all lost family and friends to it, but as a man and the right demographic, and the right age to be affected by prostate cancer, the statistics are actually really alarming. It’s something that feels that collectively, if everyone talks about and isn’t ashamed of it, we have a really good chance of doing something about it,’ Anstead said.

“Prostate Cancer UK’s work has made such a difference for men and their families, and I hope that by having a stand at the NEC Classic, more awareness is raised of the disease.”

The Classic Motor Show returns to Birmingham’s NEC on November 9-11. For more information, visit the event’s website and to receive a 15% discount on tickets, enter promo code CMS18PCUK.

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