Two Welsh drivers took on this challenge of a lifetime to raise money for CLIC Sargent and two other charities. The Mongol Rally started in London and ended in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, covering 10,000 miles of dirt tracks, wild deserts and mountains.
In July 2014, David Howell and Bleddyn Davies, "two bearded Welshmen with a hunger for sausage rolls", took part in the Mongol Rally.
The Mongol Rally, London to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, covers 10,000 miles of dirt tracks, wild deserts and mountains. In a car with a one litre engine, it was no small challenge.
The pair, known as The Bearded Dragons, travelled through France, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia and finally, Mongolia.
David and Bleddyn chose to support CLIC Sargent in aid of David's cousin, Sam, who was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour. David said, "It has been a difficult year for all involved but having the support of CLIC Sargent nurse Rhian has made the journey considerably easier. The work she has done and continues to do really is fantastic and the family are forever grateful."
The pair had an initial target of raising £1,000 for the charities, which they have smashed. So far they have raised £1,700, and there are still donations coming in.
Fundraising manager Vicki Moore said: "The Bearded Dragons have raised a fantastic amount for CLIC Sargent and done incredibly well to complete the Mongol Rally. I almost feel inspired enough to consider taking part in next year's rally!"
Donations can be made via the Bearded Dragons’ online giving page.