Eastbourne pair set off for Mongolia - by car

Jonathan Cope, 23, and Matt Foster, 24 SUS-150721-133428001
Jonathan Cope, 23, and Matt Foster, 24 SUS-150721-133428001

Two former Cavendish School pupils have set off on a mammoth journey to Mongolia by car, set to span 18 countries, in the name of charity.

Jonathan Cope, 23, and Matt Foster, 24, estimate it will take them six weeks to complete the venture and they are participating in the Mongol Rally alongside hundreds of other teams.

They left England on July 19 and are calling their team Bourne Dubbers due to their affinity for VW cars.

Jonathan said, “I saw many friends go travelling around various parts of the world and this inspired me but I wanted to travel with a difference.

“Our team has chosen to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Society as I recently lost my Granddad to Alzheimer’s two years ago and living with someone that has Alzheimers is immensely challenging; so many people need support and this was one way I felt I could contribute.”

Jonathan and Matt are travelling in a VW Polo and, in accordance with the regulations of the rally, the vehicle is fitted with a 1.0 litre engine – so this will not be a race.

They haven’t done too much to modify the vehicle apart from stripping out the unnecessary interior and fitting it with a roof box alongside some extra lighting. Local business Auto Restorations checked the vehicle over and fixed it up to give them a chance at completing the journey.

Before leaving Matt said, “I’m looking forward to meeting a variety of people from different walks of life.

“We are covering over a third of the world so every day and every country will bring us something new. Of course due to these changing conditions, one of the big challenges is going to be the temperatures we face. The temperature in Turkmenistan at the moment is sitting around 45’c where as when we get into Russia it can drop down to -20’c at night. Navigating that in a car with no air conditioning is going to take some ingenuity.”

You can follow the journey on facebook.com/bournedubbers and donate to the cause at www.justgiving.com/bournedubbers.

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