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Alex Bescoby

The Last Overland: London to Singapore

We're driving 10,000 miles in a 64 year old car for Dementia UK because we want to support families going through dementia

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  • Event: The Last Overland, 25 Aug 2019 to 29 Nov 2019

Dementia UK

We provide Admiral Nurses to support families affected by dementia

Charity Registration No. 1039404

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In 2019, one of the 20th century’s most iconic and challenging road journeys will be recreated by Grammar Productions.  

The Oxford & Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition - The First Overland - made history in 1955 by being the first to drive from London to Singapore. That young team inspired generations of adventurers through their extraordinary endeavour, showing many remote corners of the world on film for the first time. 

Driving the original 1955 Series One Land Rover (‘Oxford’), one of the original team, Tim Slessor, will join Alex Bescoby and an experienced team in remaking history for a new generation of adventurers. This time, the team will forge the path through some of the densest jungles, highest mountains and most arid deserts on the planet, returning the car from Singapore to London.

The Last Overland Expedition will leave from Singapore on Sunday August 25th 2019, aiming to arrive in London 100 days later.

We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of people who’ve got in touch to ask how they can contribute towards the costs of the Last Overland Expedition. We’re very grateful for the offer. But we wanted to harness that awesome goodwill from around the world to support an incredible cause close to Alex's heart - Dementia UK.

For Alex, dementia is a disease that’s impacted his own family heavily. He wishes he could be bringing his own car-mad granddad Harold (90) along on the road with him, but sadly Harold has advanced dementia and now lives full-time in a care home in Manchester. Alex has chosen Dementia UK in particular as their Admiral Nurses scheme is providing the badly needed specialist dementia support that families need. When things get challenging or difficult, their nurses work alongside the entire family, giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions.

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