From Dover to Monte Carlo for charity

Chris and Paul

A WARE businessman (above, right) has travelled 824 miles in an epic ‘top-gear’ style challenge in a car that only cost £200.

Chris Morgan, the co-founder of e-learning company, New Skills Academy, joined together with his friend and co-driver, Paul Woolard, for their four-day expedition to raise money for the life changing Martha Trust charity.

The journey, which involved an 824 mile-drive, was inspired by the 1969 road movie, Monte Carlo or Bust. Chris and Paul travelled past the French Capital of Paris, through the coastal towns of Marseille and Cannes and on to the finishing point of billionaire’s playground, Monte Carlo.

Chris said: ‘We couldn’t spend more than £200 on a car, it was quite a challenge to find something roadworthy. We bought a Peugeot 206 but its engine was on its last legs. It was definitely ready for the crusher, which is where it ended up.’

The pair, who have been friends since they were 16 years old and had been planning the trip for six months, were joined with seven other dynamic teams and all together raised over £33,000 for Martha Trust.

Speaking about the challenge, Chris said: ‘The work that Martha Trust does is absolutely amazing. We’re proud to support such a great cause that help people who have seriously life-affecting disabilities receive the highest standards of care.’

Martha Trust, which was set up in 1987, care for people over the age of 18 with profound physical and multiple learning disabilities and offer help and support to families across Kent and Sussex.

To find out more about Martha Trust, call 01304 615223 or visit

For more information on New Skills Academy and the courses they offer, visit

Photo supplied by Chris Morgan.

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