Brothers finish Arctic journey

Matthew and Richard Hollis have driven to the Arctic Circle and back within nine days to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease Association. They are pictured with Sally Light
Matthew and Richard Hollis have driven to the Arctic Circle and back within nine days to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease Association. They are pictured with Sally Light
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Two brothers have completed an epic 5,000-mile trip to the Arctic and back in a scrap-yard van.

Richard and Matthew Hollis set out from Northampton on Valentine’s Day on their nine-day trip to Tromso, in Norway, to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The pair took on the challenge of travelling to Europe’s most northerly city inside the Arctic Circle to raise cash for the charity after losing their mum, gran, great-gran and great-aunt to the disease.

Richard, 34, is a teacher from Wellingborough and Matthew, 31, of Northampton, works for the charity’s support services team.

Matthew said: “In the end we had to drive for 16 hours a day as we were delayed in Dover for 12 hours because of the weather, which put us way behind.

“That meant we had to travel 750 miles a day instead of the 500 we’d planned.

“It was very tiring and we couldn’t stop for anything except to go to the loo and to stretch our legs.

“We did get a bit of cramp from sitting for so long. We had to drive on ice quite a lot so that helped us concentrate.”

The pair’s adventure has raised about £1,600 and now they are training for the London Marathon.

To donate to the scrapvan challenge go to www.justgiving.com/scrapvanarctic.