A PAIR of ceramics lecturers are taking part in a 10,000 mile rally for charity, thanks to a Chester car dealership.
Former Chester resident David Binns, 49, who now lives in Denbigh, and Alasdair Bremner, 26, from Preston, are attempting to drive a 1.2l Fiat Punto from the UK to Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, as part of this year’s Mongol Rally.
The car, which the team has christened Bernard, was donated by Mitchells of Chester.
David said: “We collected from them on Tuesday afternoon and will now be starting to get it ready.
“We decided to apply last year on the basis that it would be a once in lifetime experience, while also raising money for a worthy cause.
“As we both lecture in ceramics, we called our team Around the World in 80 Clays.
“We are taking a potters wheel on the roof of the car with the intention of prospecting clay during the journey and making pots en-route.”
The team are raising money for Mercy Corps, a Mongolian children’s charity, and Medecins Sans Frontieres, an independent organisation that provides humanitarian medical aid.
Some 300 vehicles will set off from Goodwood racetrack, Milan and Barcelona in July.
David said the team were still looking for further sponsorship.
He added: “We would be delighted to discuss the project further with other companies and individuals who may be interested in sponsoring us, helping out towards some of the costs or by making a donation to one or other of the designated charities.”
If you are interested in supporting the challenge, you can contact David and Alasdair via email on email@example.com or visit the team website at www.80clays.com.