The 2018 Italian Job

12th November 2018

Buttle UK has been delighted to be involved with this year’s Italian Job, which has been a fantastic success and a tremendous amount of fun.  It’s been great to meet teams from across, not just the UK, but as far afield as the US and New Zealand, all taking part in in this wonderful adventure, and raising lots of money for children ang young people in crisis across the UK.

“Jobbers” this year came in all shapes and sizes from classic vintage Mini’s to sleek modern updates and everything in between, with one intrepid traveller even rocking up in a 1960 Ford Thames Van! Three thousand miles is a long way to go in a vehicle with a top speed of 50 miles per hour!

Things kicked off in Imola with our celebrity contingent of Rachel Stevens and long-time Buttle UK Supporter Judge Rinder waving the flag and getting things underway. From there came a mixture of precision time trials in sun and rain, including a chance to swerve around the Lingotto test track on the roof of Turin’s old Fiat factory; retracing the steps of the original 1969 film. But there was also time for sightseeing with some of the most scenic southern European land-and-cityscapes on offer. “Jobbers” were even generous enough to give Buttle UK CEO Joseph Howes a lift around Turin accompanied by the annual official escort from the Italian police who offered fantastic support along the way.  Joe then joined the teams for their final dinner and awards ceremony.

The phenomenal work of organisers Giulia and Freddie St George cannot be overstated and we’d like to thank them for everything they’ve done to make the event happen. We’d also like to mention the unsung heroes of the event, the mechanics and marshals who helped keep things moving: Gareth, Paul, Robin, Graham and Ken. The event simply could not be the success it is without their dedicated, and entirely voluntary, support.

This year’s event was also wonderfully tech savvy. Teams such as Barons Bedford 18, Peppermill Interiors 06 and the The Pink Mini 15 kept us up to date via social media platforms, and there’s nothing quite like live video footage of a police escort! 

Special mention goes to the The Billington Group’s own Team 33 who joined at late notice but then really went full throttle in terms of both fundraising and participation. The duo went to the tremendous effort of shooting a fantastic daily video diary, employing drones and 360-degree cameras!

Indeed, there were a whole host of corporate sponsors and indeed participants at this year’s event. News UK, Lavazza, RaringtoGo, The CRM Agency, and Kryskolumbus Travel are just a few of the many dedicated partners who deserve a huge amount of credit for all of their support.

Away from the sights, sounds and aromas of Italy, the funds raised by the dedicated group that makes up this year’s Jobbers will make a huge difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK today.  

The funds will pay for Chances for Children grants, providing things that families and young people could not otherwise afford.  This could be anything from a bed, for a child that has had to sleep on the floor, to a laptop for a homeless teenage to be able to start their first college course.  As a result of the legacy of our founder, Frank Buttle, 100% of the funds raised will go directly to children and young people.  We will also make sure all funds are spent in the areas where they were raised, helping children and young people in families like Bev's:

It’s been a momentous 65th year for Buttle UK. The organisation making huge progress in developing and rolling our innovative new Chances for Children grants across the UK just as research indicates need in the UK is greater than ever. That’s one reason, along with the, cars, capers and company, why we’re looking forward to working together with the Italian Job to make next year’s 30th Anniversary event bigger and better than ever. We’re hyped for #IJ2019 already, and we’re looking to blow the doors off! 

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