de Poel completes charity road trip challenge

Staff from recruitment outsourcing specialist de Poel have completed ‘The Rusty Rally: Italian Route’ challenge in aid of educational charity, The Outward Bound Trust.

The gusty quartet, including our CEO, Andrew Preston, navigated the Italian Job-style road trip, racking up over 800 miles in three days, travelling across six countries in Europe.

Tasked to find a suitably ‘rusty’ car for the challenge, the team’s retro Mercedes E-Class cost £500 and managed to hold out on some of Europe’s most famous and notoriously difficult driving roads, tackling mountain passes and steep bends.

The challenge saw the de Poel team drive through France, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland, chugging past Lake Como and Lake Maggiore in Italy for the final leg – which culminated in fittingly Italian-style celebrations.

We raised £10,000 in sponsorship to The Outward Bound Trust, which equips young people with valuable skills for education, work and life through outdoor learning programmes.

Andrew said:

“We were thrilled to be able to take part in The Outward Bound Trust’s Rusty Rally challenge for a second year, and further support the fantastic work they do.

“It is humbling to know our donation will truly transform the lives of many children and young adults – helping them to become more confident and capable at school and eventually in the workplace, nurturing them as leaders of the future.

“It is not every day you get to experience such amazing sights and different cultures – knowing every penny was going to such a worthy cause kept us on track. We’re relieved that our Rusty Rally car did us proud – and that we made it back in one piece!”

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