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Hextable fundraiser returns home after taking part in ‘greatest adventure in the world’

PUBLISHED: 10:29 13 September 2016

Charlie Hudson, Benny Dixon, Matt Stokes, Chris Couch, Richard Earl, Ed Barber & George Rowlands

Charlie Hudson, Benny Dixon, Matt Stokes, Chris Couch, Richard Earl, Ed Barber & George Rowlands

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Richard Earl was part of a seven-man team to take on the Mongol Rally

The Mongolian Job during the Mongol RallyThe Mongolian Job during the Mongol Rally

A team of fundraisers who packed themselves into three cars and drove to the other side of the world have managed to raise more than £5,000.

Having driven through the wake of the Turkish coup, and coped with heights of more than 4,500metres, the seven-man team returned last week, having completed the Mongol Rally - a fundraising event which sees hundreds take part every year.

Covering nearly 12,000 miles, the team, who met at Bath University, set off on their journey as part of the Mongol Challenge.

Richard Earl, from Hextable, was part of the ‘Mongolian Job’ team who took on the gruelling 50-day challenge to drive from Europe to Mongolia.

With seven men in three cars, the team helped raise money for four different charities, including Cancer Research UK.

The former Dartford Grammar School student described some of the highlights from the journey.

He said: “We were making our way through Bulgaria when we heard about the coup in Turkey.

“By the time we arrived in Istanbul there was a big peace demonstration across all of the streets, there were lots of flags waving, obviously we got involved.”

The 21-year-old praised the warm welcome the team were met with, as they passed through Iran during the trip.

Following the journey, which included driving through the infamous Pamir highway, the entire team arrived home safely last week.

Having smashed their initial £4,000 target, donations are still being accepted following the phenomenal feat.

To find out more about the journey, click here.

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