Eurotunnel Le Shuttle’s Support for £100,000 Charity Campaign is Just Champion

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Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is supporting a £100,000 charitable challenge which is a mix of football and travel and has been inspired by a child’s courage in battling adversity.

When we heard that the EuroChampsChallenge is all about tackling big challenges through inspiration, determination and teamwork, we knew that we had to get involved...

The cross-Channel operator, which whisks customers and their cars from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes, is official travel partner for The EuroChampsChallenge, which is a celebration of every team that’s ever won European football’s leading club tournament, The Champions League, and its predecessor, The European Cup.

The team behind the challenge set off by car on Sunday 15 May from Celtic FC in Glasgow and is travelling to the ground of every past winner – covering 7,000 miles, visiting 21 football clubs in 16 countries in just 14 days.

The team is travelling from Folkestone to Calais on 16 May, using Eurotunnel Le Shuttle’s premier FlexiPlus service. Following a whistlestop tour of Europe, they are due to make an early morning return trip through the Channel Tunnel on 28 May before heading to Wembley for the 2011 Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona that night.

The fund-raising campaign has been inspired by a remarkable seven-year-old boy, Angus, who was born with a condition called Microtia, meaning he only has one ear, and who has a number of other medical issues. The team, spearheaded by Angus’s dad, wants to raise £100,000 for two charities that have supported the family – The Sick Kids Friends Foundation in Edinburgh, and Changing Faces, a charity assisting people with physical disfigurement.

“When we heard that the EuroChampsChallenge is all about tackling big challenges through inspiration, determination and teamwork, we knew that we had to get involved in supporting the cause,” says Eurotunnel Le Shuttle’s Marketing & Sales Director, Harvey Alexander.

“Using the FlexiPlus service we can guarantee that they’ll be first on and first off, and on their way quickly and smoothly. Our FlexiPlus customers benefit from flexible travel, priority boarding and have use of an exclusive lounge with free amenities,” he adds.

Mark Little, spokesman for EuroChampsChallenge, said: “We are up against the clock with this campaign and every second counts which is why we are so pleased that Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is providing us with the flexible and rapid gateway to Europe that we need if we are to hit our target of covering an average of 500 miles a day.”

To learn more about the campaign, and to make a donation, visit http://www.eurochampschallenge.com.

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is the fastest cross-Channel operator by car, with up to four departures an hour. And with no luggage restrictions, quick and easy check-in and boarding, no fuel or baggage supplements, and no credit card booking fees, it’s not surprising that more and more people are choosing to travel with the service. The number of cars carried by the operator in the first quarter of 2011 has increased by 7% compared with the first quarter of 2010, up from 373,595 to 399,869.

To find out more about Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, plus tips on how to get the best fares, visit http://www.eurotunnel.com or call 0844 335 8390.

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