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Mongol Rally set to raise over half a million pounds for charity


6:09am 13th July 2012
(Updated 8:38am 13th July 2012)

A father and son from York are getting a second chance at a trip of a lifetime.

22-year-old Tom Mason and his dad Chris are taking part in the Mongol Rally. They will be among the teams driving over 9,000 miles worth of mountains, deserts, bad roads, no roads, bandits and various other elements in cars more typically driven to and from the shops.

They had planned to take part in the rally back in 2010, but had to postpone the trip when Tom was diagnosed with cancer. Chris said "It's always at the back of your mind that Tom's been quite seriously ill but he's got on and got through it very well. It's been a challenge getting things organised. It's been different the second time from the frist time. It's much more personal this time".

The duo are raising money for the Teenager Cancer Trust which funded the special hospital ward where Tom was treated at St James' Hospital in Leeds. Tom said "The ward I was in was for 18-24 year olds. In there, there is stuff like wireless internet, laptops, plasma screen TVs, pool tables, a music room and an X-Box. There's everything to keep you busy and entertained."

It will take five weeks to reach Mongolia and they will need to drive for up to eight hours a day in their small Daihatsu Cuore. On arrival in Mongolia the car will auctioned off for charity and they will make their way home on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

The Mongol Rally is very different from other rallies in that there is no fixed route. There are only two joint milestones that the teams need to hit: the so-called Czechout Party in the historic Klenova Castle in the Czech Republic, where live bands will play and people will camp in verdant meadows, and the arrival parties in Ulaanbaatar. What the team can expect in between those points and where they will drive exactly is not known to them at this point in time.

On arrival, the car will be auctioned off for charity and they will make their way home on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

You can follow their adventure on Facebook at www.facebook.com/masons2mongolia2.



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