To Mongolia for Cherry Lodge

Three friends – Alex Mathews, Andrew (‘Wez’) Wells and Charlotte Churnside –  set out on 19th July on an epic international motoring challenge to raise money for Cherry Lodge Cancer Care, Cancer Research UK and Cool Earth. To help them raise money for Cherry Lodge, please click on this JustGiving link.

Alex, Wez and Charlotte are taking part in the 2015 Mongol Rally, which has been justifiably described as the most epic adventure in the world. Starting from Goodwood Motor Circuit, participants will drive over 10,000 miles across Europe and Asia to pass through Mongolia and finish in Alan Ude in Russian Siberia.

The rules of the Mongol Rally are simple: teams must raise at least £1,000 for charity; the car must be small and rubbish; the teams are totally unsupported.

The friends write that this “2-month trip will will test our friendship, our knowledge of mechanics, and our ability to drive on a hangover, among other things. … Our mighty chariot is a 15-year-old Vauxhall Corsa, named Dorothy, who has most definitely seen better days … There is no route so technically we will never get lost! We will be trying to visit as many countries as possible… there are easier ways to raise money but when you get that travel bug you will always find an excuse!”

Visit the Horse with No Name blog to read how this amazing journey pans out – and if you love adventure and also want to give money to Cherry Lodge, this could be a great way to show your support.

Use these links to catch up with: ‘The Un-Route to Munich’, describing the team’s circuitous journey through Belgium, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Austria; Storming through Europe (undaunted despite the hassles) from Germany through Czechoslovakia and Poland to Ukraine; and the team’s most recent post (6th August), entitled Squeaking, Stealing, Swaying and Stalling as they journeyed on through Romania (using the dramatic Transfagarasan highway) and Bulgaria (in a single day) to reach Edirne in Turkey.