A couple from Fenham, Newcastle, are about to embark on the challenge of a lifetime in order to raise money for St Oswald’s.
Clive and Sally Harding will be completing the Mongol Rally, an adventure challenge which requires participants to buy a 1 litre engine car and travel 10,000 miles across Europe and Asia over the summer 2017 before driving across the Finish Line in the Siberian town of Ulan-Ude, 400 miles north of Ulaanbaatar. The Harding’s will not be allowed access to any navigational devices and won’t have any support or backup to rely on. They will travel through several countries, over various terrains, and they will have to endure a multitude of different weather conditions and climates. In the words of the challenge organisers: “If nothing goes wrong, everything has gone wrong.”
My wife and I were so impressed with the incredible end of life care my Father-in-law received at the Hospice, that Sally and I decided that if we were ever in a position to do so, we would raise money for St Oswald’s. When we heard about the fantastic Mongol Rally Challenge, and having been through the life affirming experience of losing my Father-in-law, we decided it was now or never and promptly signed up! We will be leaving Newcastle on the 16th July and have two months to complete our challenge. Although the journey won’t be without a few bumps in the road, we’re incredibly excited for our adventure and to explore parts of the world many don’t get the chance to experience!
Lucy Smith, Community Fundraiser at St Oswald’s, said:
Sally and Clive are embarking on the challenge of a lifetime and we’re thrilled they’ve chosen to support St Oswald’s. We’re going to be in constant contact with Sally and Clive throughout their trip and will be offering them as much encouragement as we can from back here in the UK! We’ve had lots of amazing fundraisers completing some inspiring and hair-raising challenges over the years, but this has to be one of the most adventurous! St Oswald’s needs to raise an additional £7 million to ensure we can continue to keep our doors open delivering high quality care. That’s why these fundraising events are so important to us. We wish Sally and Clive all the luck in the world and can’t wait to hear the stories upon their return!
If you feel inspired by Clive and Sally’s story and wish to learn more about how you can fundraise for St Oswald’s whilst ticking a challenge off your bucket list, then please visit this webpage.