Look what this Leeds man is doing to raise £10k for Martin House Hospice

A Leeds man is to drive his Porsche 911 across America in a bid to raise cash for a children’s hospice.

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 5:32 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 9:55 am
Jay Armitage will drive coast to coast in the US in his Porsche

Michael Armitage will ship the car to New York for the nine-day, 3,179 miles drive he will undertake with his film director son Jay, to Jay’s home in Los Angeles.

He will then leave his dream car as a birthday present to his son. The men hope to raise £10,000 for Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People.

Mr Armitage, 76, bought the Porsche in 1995. That same year he was assaulted by thieves who stole the car, then damaged and abandoned it. Luckily it could be repaired and he continued to drive it.

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He said: “It feels like the right time to pass it on to Jay. The climate in California will be perfect for it.

“Plus, I can still use it whenever I visit. I’m looking forward to cruising along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.”

He has kept the car in pristine condition, handwashing it every Sunday while listening to The Archers.

Martin House cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions from across West, North and East Yorkshire.

You can support the men at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Christopher-Armitage1 and for more information about Martin House, visit www.martinhouse.org.uk.