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Survivor sells rally classic to raise cash for NHS

On tour: Charles Cook with his car PICTURE: HISTORICS/SWNS

A CORONAVIRUS survivor is selling his vintage rally car to raise money for the NHS workers who saved his life.

Classic car enthusiast Charles Cook, 72, has decided to auction his 50-year-old Volvo to raise money for staff at University College London Hospital (UCLH) to thank them for his care.

Vintage performer: 1970 Volvo 144 has done Peking to Paris rally – twice

In early March, Mr Cook walked into UCLH ‘feeling unwell’ and within 24 hours was moved to the intensive care unit, where he was resuscitated in front of his partner and daughter.

‘If it wasn’t for the skill and care of the UCLH haematology team and their ICU colleagues, I simply would not be here today,’ he said.

His 1970 Volvo 144 has completed two Peking to Paris rallies, the last four years ago with Mr Cook behind the wheel. It is expected to fetch more than £15,000.

‘Whoever buys the Volvo at the coming Historics auction will have the satisfaction of knowing that the whole of the price they pay will go towards UCLH’s cutting-edge haematology research,’ Mr Cook said.

The auction takes place near Datchet, Berkshire, on July 18.