Charity drive plan hatched at Fernhurst pub

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A plan hatched over a pint at the Duke of Cumberland pub at Henley, near Fernhurst, has resulted in £6,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support and a children’s charity in Mongolia.

Carl Bailey, from Brighton, Paul Heath, from Chilgrove, and Adam Carter, who lives at Pagham, took part in a hair-raising drive from Goodwood to the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator.

The rules of the Mongol Rally say the car must be ‘totally inadequate for the journey’, and have a restricted engine size.

They bought a three-door Suzuki Swift for £500 and took out half the back seat to make more storage space. Over the first couple of days more than 350 other cars joined in from all over Europe as well as the United States, and entrants were allowed to choose their own route. The Duke of Cumberland team, who called themselves Team Noggin, chose the 10,000 mile southern route which took them across three deserts, over five mountain ranges and through 18 countries.