Trio will drive to Mongolia in Micra

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A group of friends from will travel to Mongolia in a Nissan Micra in the name of charity.

Katie Lowe, 24, from Stanley Village, fiancé Dan Harrison, 25, and friend Luke Wanklin, 26, otherwise known as Blunderstruck, will travel 10,000 miles next month as part of The Mongol Rally.

They will raise money for Alzheimer’s Society and Cool Earth, travelling through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Katie, who works at Breadsall Priory, said: “Dan told me about it because he thought it was really cool and wanted to travel in a van. He lost his grandad to Alzheimer’s so we thought it would be a great thing to do.

“One night I had a bit too much wine and said I would do it.”

The team had to pay £500 to enter and will be amongst around 250 teams taking part in the rally. The rules state that the car must have a one litre engine. The rally, which will take eight weeks to complete, is unsupported in the event of a break down.

Katie said: “You get yourself into it so you have to get yourself out.

“We will be travelling through countries with political dispute and we will be driving on roads that are more dirt tracks than roads.

“I have always wanted to do a great big massive travelling adventure and here it is. “I was the one who actually “manned- up” and signed us up for this and I will probably be the only one who can ask for directions.”

Landlords George and Simone of the White Hart Inn Stanley Village have sponsored them, with 2p of every pint sold going to their funds.

They have raised more than £400 so far through their charity page justgiving.com/teams/Blunderstruck but need to raise at least £1,000.