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Europcar, the number one car rental company in Europe, is supporting the former England cricketer Ian Botham on his latest charity walk, which takes place from October 9th -17th and covers 17 UK cities in just nine days. Europcar is providing the support vehicles for the event which will raise vital funds for Leukaemia Research and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Europcar has made nine vehicles available to Ian and his team. These comprise Chrysler Voyagers and Mercedes-Benz C Classes. The vehicles will be used for a variety of different purposes, from carrying essential supplies such as water and medical equipment to transporting the media who will be covering the event.

Europcar UK’s Managing Director, Marie Barry said: “When Europcar UK was asked if it wanted to get involved with the charity walk, we had no hesitation in pledging our support. As well as providing the vehicles, we will be asking our rental stations up and down the country to get involved to help raise as much money as possible for these two important charities.”

I am delighted that Europcar is able to support me during this event,” said Ian Botham, who will be taking part in his 11th charity walk. “Everyday, young people are diagnosed with cancers and that’s why I am taking part in this walk to raise much needed funds for .more follows the Teenage Cancer Trust and Leukaemia Research. It will be a challenge, but I know that the aches, pains and blisters will be worth it.”

Notes to Editors

About Europcar

Europcar, an international organisation founded in Paris in 1949, is the number one car rental company in Europe.

Europcar UK, based in Hertfordshire, carries out over one million rentals every year through its network of 130 locations situated strategically at airports and cities across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Europcar UK is committed to delivering bespoke rental solutions to business and leisure customers, offering rental options of one hour to one year, with or without a driver, through its own fleet of over 18,000 cars and vans.

For further information please contact:

1. The ‘Help Beefy Bowl Out Teenage Cancer’ walk starts in Marks & Spencer Belfast on 9 October 2006 and finishes in Marks & Spencer Marble Arch London on 17 October 2006. For more information please visit http://www.bothamwalk.com or call 020 7269 9003.

2. Ian ‘Beefy’ Botham OBE is known to millions around the world as one of the legends of English cricket. In a Test career spanning 15 years from 1977, he scored 5,200 runs, averaging 33.54, and took 383 wickets with an average of 28.40.

3. Ian’s achievements as a tireless fundraiser for Leukaemia Research are as legendary as his cricketing. Ian became involved with the charity in 1977 after meeting a group of children in a Taunton hospital who had leukaemia. When told they had leukaemia, some with little hope of surviving, Ian immediately felt he had to do something and so since has been passionate about the cause. His first walk in November 1985 for Leukaemia Research saw him walk from John O’Groats to Lands End. To date Ian has raised over £8million for good causes. In 2003 Ian was made the first ever President of Leukaemia Research.

4. Leukaemia Research is the only national charity devoted exclusively to leukaemia, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders. Over 24,500 people in the UK are diagnosed with a blood cancer every year. For more information please visit www.lrf.org.uk or call 020 7405 0101.

5. Teenage Cancer Trust creates specialist units in NHS hospitals for teenagers and young adults with cancer. Units include facilities to make hospital stays as comfortable as possible and TCT anticipates a 15% increase in survival for patients treated on the units. TCT has seven units in the UK, each costing £1.5m to build. TCT want at least 22, so that every teenager with cancer can have access to one. For more information visit www.teenagecancertrust.org or call 020 7387 1000.



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