A charitable classic car enthusiast and Coronavirus survivor will be auctioning his vintage Volvo rally car this month to raise money for the NHS doctors and nurses that saved his life mere months ago.
72-year-old Charles Cook admitted himself into University College London Hospital (UCLH) in early March having felt unwell. That same day his condition drastically worsened – Mr Cook was moved into an intensive care unit, where his partner and daughter witnessed first-hand the UCLH staff’s efforts to resuscitate him.
Charles has thankfully made a full recovery since and issued a statement on his care at UCLH:
"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. UCLH is truly a world-class medical institution and I feel very fortunate to have been a patient there."
The car up for auction is a 50-year-old Volvo 144 that Mr Cook himself drove in multiple rallies from Peking to Paris – the last being just four years before his ordeal this March. The car has no reserve and is expected to fetch at least £15,000 towards a very worthy cause.
"Whoever buys the Volvo will have the satisfaction of knowing that the whole of the price they pay will go towards UCLH's cutting-edge haematology research. Plus, they’ll get a very well-prepared rally car with a great history which is ready for further adventures anywhere in the world."