Totnes man to ride 10,000 miles across the world for Rowcroft

15 June 2016

Totnes-born Jeremy Ireland is taking part in the 'greatest adventure in the world', the Mongol Rally, this summer to raise money for Rowcroft Hospice.

Jeremy, whose mother was cared for by Rowcroft in 2013, will be riding 10,000 miles from Brighton to Russia in July on a 250cc 1993 Yamaha dirt bike.

He will be accompanied by four team mates and around 700 other Mongol Ralliers set to take part in the annual challenge.

Jeremy explained: "Each year the Mongol Ralliers set off in their hundreds in small ill-equipped vehicles and each team raises as much money for their chosen charity as possible."

The route will take Jeremy and his tea, through Europe, Iran, Tajikstan, Kazakhstan Mongolia and Russia, along 3,000 miles of desert and mountain terrain on roads that will be rough and potentially non-existent.

Jeremy said: "Our chosen route takes us through 18 countries, over five mountain ranges and through three deserts. We'll have no support and will be camping for the majority of the trip. It will mean long days of riding in heat that will be unbearable at times.

"We'll experience fantastic scenery and deserted landscapes; we expect to be rattled to insanity and no doubt will have multiple mechanical issues."

So far Jeremy has raised £1,395 for Rowcroft by opting to take part in the event, choosing to raise money for the hospice because of his family's own personal experience.

Jeremy explained: "In 2013, my mother was in the care of Rowcroft for a few weeks where she received exceptional care, giving her the strength to return home where she later died with her family around her.

"I'm extremely thankful for the care and compassion my mum received from Rowcroft and I truly believe the work they do is vital for so many families like mine."

Community Fundraising Manager for Rowcroft, Hayley Norrish, is hugely grateful to Jeremy and his team for choosing to raise funds for the hospice.

She said: "More than 70% of Rowcroft's money comes from the local community so we would like to say a huge thank you to Jeremy for opting to take on this incredible, once-in-a-lifetime challenge in aid of us.

"Every pound he raises will help to support more local families living with life-limiting illnesses to make the most of every moment they have together."

Rowcroft has a portfolio of challenge events available for extreme fundraisers, including skydive days, mountain treks and cycle rides across countries - and continents.

The hospice is also able to support people such as Jeremy with independent fundraising challenges.

Hayley explained: "We know that many fundraisers are looking to take on activities that push their physical, mental and fundraising efforts to the limits!

"For those people we have a number of unique challenges available, or can offer them fundraising support for their own expeditions."

Rowcroft is holding an open evening about all its challenge events at the hospice in June, if you'd like to attend, or find out more, email hayley.norrish@rowcroft-hospice.org.uk.

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