Sheffield duo preparing for Asian adventure

Tony Clayton (left) and Bren Bolger, who are setting off on the trip of a lifetime to Mongolia
Tony Clayton (left) and Bren Bolger, who are setting off on the trip of a lifetime to Mongolia
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WHAT an adventure – Sheffield men Tony Clayton and Bren Bolger are roaring off on an eight-week journey from Sheffield to Mongolia.

They are undertaking the 14,000-mile journey across Europe and Asia to the plains of Ulaan Bataar, to raise funds and awareness for mental health services in Sheffield.

Tony, a non-executive director for Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is all about raising awareness of mental health issues and working to break down the stigma associated with mental illness.”

The pair will be in Barker’s Pool tomorrow , asking people to sign their Suzuki Jimny and donate cash.

Tony, 62, from Hackenthorpe, said: “We are having parts of the vehicle wrapped in white and we are taking it to city centre to tell people about what we are doing and why.

“People who donate will be invited to write their name on the car to show their support and come with us in spirit.

“We are funding the trip ourselves, so all the money raised will go to SHSC, through Sheffield Hospitals Charity.”

Tony and Bren, 59, from Chapeltown, have already received support from businesses including Dexel Tyres, which supplied spare tyres, and Tint Studio which wrapped the vehicle.

Tony said: “It is going to be a challenge, but the trip of a lifetime.

“The most difficult bit will be trying to maintain the vehicle on the journey.

“We are travelling through areas, such as parts of Kazakhstan, that have few roads, so hopefully the car will be able to handle the off-roading. The main aim is to get back.

“We will be keeping a blog and taking photos along the way to put on our website and keep everyone up to date on our progress, so hopefully people will spot their names on the car as we travel through various countries.”

Tony and Bren set off on May 30, crossing 27 countries before they arrive in the Mongolian capital nearly two months later.

n To keep up to date on their adventure, visit www.mongoliaorbust.org