Albert is off on an adventure – with a little help

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A charity event held at the weekend has raised more than £1,650 for a hospice.

The event in Potton Market Square was part of Matt and Sarah Givertz’s charity drive to Mongolia and back to raise cash for Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger.

The couple will be driving Albert, their 47 year old Morris Minor Traveller, from Potton to Ulanbataar – then back again – during the summer.

The route crosses 23 countries, five mountain ranges, three deserts and around 18,250 miles.

Luckily the snow stayed away for the fundraiser, which began with registration for a pop up car rally.

Matt said: “It was fantastic to see classic cars, including the Potton car, turning out in force to take part in a drive around the area answering questions and generally having fun.

“Classic cars came from as far afield as Royston and Oxford with Steve Clark, through keen observation, winning the rally in his MG.”

He was awarded first prize – a signed and framed photo of Albert the Morris Minor.

Local resident Ronnie Pickford also faced a hair raising experience, having his hair and beard – which he had been growing for much of his life – completely removed as crowds gathered to watch.

He single-handedly raised more than £800 towards the total.

Matt added: “We would like to thank everyone that came and helped us raise in excess of £1650 for St John’s.

“The Tombola was especially successful with over 100 prizes donated by Preen Community Interest Company.”

The event also marked Albert’s 47th birthday, as he was originally registered on the January 25 1968, and Matt’s 60th birthday, as he was born on January 27, 1955.

You can follow Matt, Sarah and Albert as they prepare for their adventure at