Broadcaster Chris Evans and his team – including Gary Barlow, Professor Brian Cox and James May – have set off on their FAB1 challenge for Breast Cancer Care.

Host of The Radio 2 breakfast show and The One Show, Evans pressed main engine start yesterday by leading a star-studded point-to-point drive from Land’s End to John O’Groats as FAB1 takes to the road for the first time.

“FAB1 Million aims to raise a million pounds for breast cancer,” said Chris Evans. “It’s as simple as that. You can hire the most famous Rolls-Royce in the world as the icing on the cake to whatever special event you are attending or celebrating knowing that you are donating to a very worthy cause in the process. It’s a win win situation. So, if you can, do. FAB1 awaits your mission wherever you are and whatever you’re up to. 5-4-3-2-1! FAB1 Million is go!!!”

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the British luxury car marque have gifted the brand new Extended Wheelbase bespoke Rolls-Royce Ghost to Breast Cancer Care for a year. This followed Evans wondering what to do with the iconic FAB1 Lady Penelope Thunderbirds plate, which he’s owned for five years, now that it was no longer on a car.

Along the way, the team will be making pitstops in Bristol, Birmingham, Warrington and Glasgow, to help raise awareness of Breast Cancer Care and let as many people see the car as possible.

The year-long fundraising campaign is aiming to raise one million pounds for Breast Cancer Care using a bespoke pink Rolls-Royce Ghost a la Thunderbirds.

Conceived last December, the FAB1 Million project aims to raise funds by making FAB1 available for hire on a daily basis with every penny raised going to Breast Cancer Care.

Additional fundraising activities will allow supporters to enter a competition and have a chance of winning FAB1 for a day by donating £5 to Breast Cancer Care. All you need to do is text FAB to 83222. Text entry to the draw costs 50p, plus the standard network rate. For full prize draw terms & conditions visit

After the 833.3 mile launch of the campaign, the car will return back to its temporary London base before going into action full time. FAB1 will be the centrepiece of a FABulous window display in Harrods for a period of one week where FAB1 Million representatives will be on hand to answer any questions and take booking enquiries for the car. Also in the Harrods FAB1 window display will be a very special contribution from Jamie Anderson, the son of legendary Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson. To sit alongside a replica Parker puppet owned by Gerry Anderson, Jamie is unveiling a Chris Evans inspired Parker puppet (kindly sculpted and built by replica puppet builder Duncan Willis of Superpropreplication) created specially to celebrate the campaign.

Every 10 minutes someone in the UK hears the devastating news that they have breast cancer. Every one of those people will need more than medical treatment alone to help them deal with the lasting turmoil of this life-changing disease. FAB1 Million will enable Breast Cancer Care’s specialist nurses and experts to provide free, tailored information and support to anyone affected by breast cancer and help them live with, through and beyond breast cancer.

Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive, Breast Cancer Care: “FAB1 Million is an incredibly exciting project and we’re grateful to everyone involved in making Chris Evans’ brilliant idea come to life. We can’t wait to see the FAB1 Rolls-Royce on the road and raising funds to ensure that no-one faces breast cancer alone. Funds raised by FAB1Million will enable Breast Cancer Care to provide free information and support to many thousands of people affected by breast cancer. So whether you book the car for a special day or make a donation through the FAB1 text donation line, we hope everyone across the UK will get involved.”

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