Epic challenge for duo

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A pair of Yorkshire Ambulance Service staff are gearing up for a motoring adventure from London to Mongolia.

Emergency care assistant Joe Hawley, who is based at Bramley Ambulance Station, and emergency medical technician Jamie Twell will set off on the seven-week Mongol Rally on July 16.

Proceeds from the challenge will be split between the event’s chosen charity, Cool Earth, and Jamie and Joe’s selected mental health charity, Mind.

The Mongol Rally sees teams driving a small and unsuitable vehicle from London to Ulan-Ude in Russia via Mongolia - a journey of more than 10,000 miles.

Jamie and Joe have chosen a route through France, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia.

Joe, of Wakefield, said: “I’ve never travelled before in my life so my main aim is to just stay alive. Oh and I also know nothing about cars so this is going to be really fun. It’s all for a great cause though.”

Jamie and Joe are swapping their blue light vehicle for a 17-year-old VW Lupo for the adventure. The one litre Lupo, which has 80,000 miles on the clock, cost £650 and has needed significant effort to make it roadworthy.

Doncaster-based Jamie said: “We see many patients with mental health problems in our job with the ambulance service and the sad extremes they go to in order to alleviate their pain and suffering.

“So Mind, which provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, seemed like the perfect charity to benefit from our adventure.”

To support Jamie and Joe visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/YorkshireNomadsRally.