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Framptons Supports Charity Ambulance Mission

We've joined forces with Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis to support a team of students driving an ambulance from the UK to Mongolia in aid of charity.

Grace Harvey (aged 23) and Will Harvey (aged 21), siblings from Wincanton, Somerset, will be joined by three Australian friends on an epic trip to Mongolia, making their way there in a 1993 Ford Transit Ambulance; a machine that will hopefully prove faithful and reliable.

The team, dubbed 'Party of Five' will make the journey as part of this year's Mongol Rally, which will see over 250 teams of adventurous fundraisers depart from Goodwood Motor Circuit, West Sussex on 23rd July to make the 12,000 mile trip to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.

The Party of Five hopes to complete the journey within five weeks. They will travel through 12 countries; taking in Western Europe, Bulgaria, Romania and then Turkey, where they will catch a ferry across the Black Sea to Russia. They will then cross the unruly desert plains of Kazakhstan, before finally reaching Mongolia. Success will rely entirely upon their resourcefulness and determination, as the rules of the rally stipulate that any form of support team is strictly prohibited.

Once the team reaches its final destination, the ambulance will be donated to a community in need, via the UK registered charity Adventures for Development Mongolia. It will help provide a big improvement to the services Mongolian health organisations can offer their patients; currently, many hospitals and medical centres have no means of transporting either patients or essential medical supplies.

Whilst the Party of Five have covered all their personal costs, they required sponsorship to help pay for the both the ambulance and fuel for the journey. Thanks to Framptons the team were able to raise enough money to ensure the ambulance can reach Mongolia.

Caroline Burgess, Marketing Co-ordinator at Framptons, said: "We are keen to support charitable causes in both our local and wider communities. We wish the team the best of luck on completing their journey, which will no doubt help provide vital medical care for a community in Mongolia. We look forward to hearing about their travels on their return to the UK."

Other sponsors include Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis (Will Harvey has recently completed a work placement at the festival as part of his business-based degree) Delamere Dairy, Bericap, Italpack, Phillips Tyres, Camberley Auto Factors, Express Bearings, Framptons Transport Services, Markus Products and www.philipledburyartist.co.uk

The aim of the trip is also to raise as much money as possible for some very worthy causes. The charity adopted by the Mongol Rally this year is the Christina Noble Children's Foundation (CNCF); working to promote education, health and community projects for children in Mongolia, a country that's sheer size and diversity means the poorest people often struggle to get access to basic resources.

Will Harvey, who is currently studying Business Management at the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester said: "This is the first time I have embarked on an adventure of this scale, so it's quite a daunting prospect. But however difficult the journey might be, we know the ambulance will really benefit its recipients in Mongolia, so we are determined to reach the finish line in Ulaanbaatar.

"We have received lots of encouragement from friends, family and local businesses for our trip and I would particularly like to thank Caroline Burgess and Emma Frampton at Framptons Limited for their support in organising the sponsorship of the ambulance."

Grace Harvey, a student at College of Law Moorgate said: "Our ambulance will have an incredible impact on the services the Mongolian authorities can provide to some of the most disadvantaged people in their society. We are really excited about the trip, but also nervous – we have heard stories of corrupt border officials and challenging terrain on the journey, but we have planned our route well to try and avoid any setbacks!

"We would like to thank all of our sponsors for helping to make our mission a reality. Without their kind generosity we would not have been able to fund the donation of the ambulance to Adventures for Development Mongolia."

Donations to the Christina Noble Children's Foundation in support of Grace and Will Harvey's challenge can also be made at www.justgiving.com/partyoffive

To follow the blog of Party of Five's journey, visit www.mongolmadness.wordpress.com


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