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DJ Chris Evans visits Monkey World

Friday 1st July 2011

Dorset Echo

DJ Chris Evans made a pit stop at Monkey World as part of his three day charity challenge.


Chris Evans and Alison Cronin at Monkey World

The BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show host and 14 petrol heads roared into the Dorset monkey sanctuary in a convoy of Ferraris.

They had all paid more than £60,000 to drive one of seven Ferraris from Chris’s Berkshire home to Chewton Glen in the New Forest for the Children in Need fundraiser.

Chris returned to the Bovington park for the second time for the ‘Drive and Dine’ event for a lunch stop with his team.

The DJ and TV presenter did a scatter feed for 20 rescued chimpanzees and named a young woolly monkey ‘Milo’.

Chris’ love of Ferrari cars was demonstrated when he named a monkey Enzo after the founder of Ferrari on his last visit to Monkey World.

Chris, who arrived in a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, said: “We love Dorset, the roads are great and the air gets fresher and fresher when you get here.

“I’ve always been in the rallies but this is the first time I’ve been driving one of the cars.”

The seven successful bidders have raised around £250,000 between them for Children in Need.

Monkey World director Dr Alison Cronin said she enjoyed hosting the impressive fleet of cars.

“When you have all these cars in front of you it’s an awesome sound to hear all the engines roar.

“We work with rescued primates and we have a similar ethos to Children in Need.”

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