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Short news : UK couple revving off to Egypt in 11,000km charity roadtrip

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On Sunday 22 May 2011, a British couple will set off to fulfill their dream of travelling by car from the UK to the pyramids in Egypt – taking in 10 different countries, in just 35 days.

The trip, supported by swiftcover.com, is part of a plan to raise at least £11,000 for Bob Wilson’s charity, The Willow Foundation.

Nicky West and Rob Stacey of Hertfordshire plan to drive from their hometown, taking in Italy, Greece, Jordan and Syria plus other countries on route to Egypt – all in an  unmodified 1961 Mini Minor bought for £725 on eBay after it was abandoned, undriven for 40 years.

Nicky West, one of the drivers taking on the challenge of driving from the UK to Egypt, commented: “Rob and I love travel and classical history, so to take a trip like this for charity is a dream come true.

“Unfortunately, after uprisings in the Middle East began, the sponsors who had previously backed us started to drop out, refusing to cover us in the belief that the trip is doomed to failure. However, thanks to support from companies such as swiftcover.com, all the money we raise will go directly to the charity we’re supporting the Willow Foundation.”

The couple are undertaking the trip to raise money for The Willow Foundation, which provides special days for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds, and intend to raise £11,063; or £1 for every kilometer they travel. swiftcover.com is supporting the couple on their journey, which takes them along some of the most dangerous roads in the world, by providing them with free insurance for their trip. Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/miniminor2asiaminor.

Amanda Edwards, senior marketing manager at swiftcover.com, commented: “Charities are finding it more and more difficult to raise funds these days as we’re all having to tighten the purse strings. However, the need is still there and we’re thrilled to be supporting such an exciting and adventurous trip. It’s a challenging fund raiser and we look forward to following Nicky and Rob’s progress on www.roadology.co.uk/. We wish Nicky and Rob all the luck in the world on the fantastic roadtrip for charity.”

Nicky and Rob will be blogging and sending weekly update videos about their journey to www.roadology.co.uk/.

Source : swiftcover.com