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We're driving 10,000 miles in a 64 year old car for Gurkha Welfare Trust because we want to support Gurkha veterans

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

Gurkha Welfare Trust

We provide welfare for ex-Gurkhas in need to ensure they live in dignity and security

Charity Registration No. 1103669

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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 our hearts - The Gurkha Welfare Trust.

Tim had a formative life experience serving in the Royal Marine Commandos during his British Army National Service in the early 1950s, and recognised the role played by troops from across the Commonwealth - but especially the Gurkha contingent from Nepal. Alex spent 3 years making a film about neglected veterans of WW2 who had fought for Britain, many of whom had come from Nepal. That's why Tim & Alex are both keen to support Gurkha veterans who need that extra boost after leaving service.

The Gurkha Welfare Trust ensures that Gurkha veterans, their widows and their wider communities are able to live with dignity in Nepal, through the provision of financial, medical and community aid. The GWT will be welcoming The Last Overland team on their journey through Nepal, where the team will see first hand the fantastic work being done to support these brilliant old soldiers.

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