Trip of a lifetime in jeopardy for pals

Ambulance in need of first aid
Ambulance in need of first aid

FIVE friends’ trip of a lifetime for charity is now in jeopardy.

Ashley Dale, 21, Alex Garrow, 20, Luke Gowers, 21, and Max Stocker, 21, all from Horsham, and Chris Pearce, 20, from Billingshurst, are due to take part in the 2011 Mongol Rally, on July 23. However, the ambulance they were going to use has broken down and without the cash they need the trip is in doubt.

Luke Gowers said: “We were taking it out for a drive on the dual carriage, we got to the roundabout in Horsham near the dump and it just stopped.

“The garage needs to fix one bit before they can figure out if anything else is wrong with it but that will cost about £800, we just need to get any help we can to fix it.”

It is too late for them to find another means of transport as they had to apply for passes and visas for the vehicle, so if it is not fixed they cannot take part.

The lads are said to be gutted, especially as they wanted to give the ambulance to one of the villages.

They previously said: “Once we get to Mongolia, we will be handing over the ambulance for long-term service and visiting the Ger Village to see where our fundraising success will be used.”

The Mongol Rally covers a third of the Earth’s surface going 10,000 through Germany, Iran, Turkey, and Kazakhstan to Mongolia. The lads have chosen the Christina Nobel Children’s Foundation and alongside donating the ambulance they are trying to raise in excess of £2,000.

They wanted to also to thank their sponsors: Jag press and publicity, CINCH!, L2 Signs, Evolved I.T Solutions, Anglepoise Ltd and James E. Pearce Ltd.

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