10 Nov 2014

Mission to Mongolia lays foundations for primary school in Guy's memory

Mission to Mongolia lays foundations for primary school in Guy’s memory

This summer we featured an article about Lauren and Lucy’s fundraising mission to Mongolia.

Hitting the road in a Daihatsu Hijet van, found on eBay for £750, the pair completed the 10,000-mile road trip from London to Mongolia and raised an astonishing £8,500 along the way.

In memory of Guy

Their funds will support Guy’s Trust – a charity set up in memory of Lauren’s brother, Guy Joseph. Guy was only 25 years old when he was tragically killed in a paragliding accident in October 2011.

A few months after his death, Guy’s Trust was set up in his memory. The charity creates educational opportunities for young people in developing countries, particularly places with which Guy had a special connection.

Funds raised will go towards the construction of two Guy Joseph primary schools in the south west of Cambodia – a place where Guy spent several weeks travelling during the summer of 2011.

An extra £429 goes a long way

The pair’s mission in July raised a smashing £7,548. With Gift Aid collected on behalf of the charity, by MyDonate, this has been boosted to £8,585.

Because MyDonate doesn’t charge a penny in commission, the charity receives around an extra five per cent. For Guy’s Trust this has a big impact.

In Cambodia this goes a long way. An extra £429, saved by using MyDonate, can, for example, buy books or teaching materials for a Guy Joseph primary school, or part-fund an internship, which costs approximately £850.

Monitoring progress on the road

Lauren found it really easy to use MyDonate on the road. The best part of MyDonate? She says: “Being able to easily monitor how much we were raising and be able to read people's messages of support and encouragement.”

Learn more about Guy’s Trust and their work
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