Gravesend duo to cross the continents for charity
PUBLISHED: 15:47 14 December 2015 | UPDATED: 09:03 15 December 2015
Jagjit Singh and Rapinder Singh will start in February
Two friends from north Kent are aiming to travel more than 8000 miles in 14 days for charity.
Setting off from the Guru Nanak Darbar, Jagjit Singh, 36, Gravesend Road and Rapinder Singh, 36, Maye Place in Dartford are hoping to raise £25,000 for the British Heart Foundation’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.
The duo decided to raise money for the charity, which aims to find a cure for heart failure, after Jagjit lost his father to heart failurein 2012.
Starting on February 1, the two men are aiming to travel across 15 countries in a Discovery G4, finishing their journey in Amritsar, India.
They have contacted the record books in the hope of setting a record for cross-continental travel in the shortest time.
Along the way, the duo will go through Germany, Austria, Turkey and Iran, as they aim to finish at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Jagjit said: “We are dedicating the expedition to my father, who we lost suddenly to a heart attack at the age of 56.
“When I lost my father, Rapinder was a great support.”
As part of the drive, local businesses have sponsored the pair in return for a logo on the Discovery.
Jagjit said: “We’re pretty much there on the sponsors to cover the costs, its been taken really by businesses in the local area.”
“Amritsar is significant, as it is one of the holiest cities for Sikhs and we’re excited for the challenge and the chance to see so many countries in a fortnight.
“We hope to complete the challenge in 14 days and hope to take the record whilst raising money for the BHF’s live saving research.”
The charity, which receives no government funding, has praised Jagjit and Rapinder’s attempt.
Head of community fundraising at the BHF said: “We never cease to be amazed by the extraordinary lengths people go to fundraise for the BHF.
Every contribution, big or small, plays a crucial part in every breakthrough we make so we are incredibly grateful.”
Donations can be made here: www.justgiving.com/gravesendtoamritsar
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