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Upper Eden Rotary Club in Africa

Mr Dumpy Helps To Dump Polio
Purple4Polio Rotary Grand Tour

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This inspiring 4-day road trip across Great Britain and Ireland will run from 21st–24th May 2018. Participants will visit as many Rotary districts as is safely possible and raise money for the End Polio Now campaign. The Rotary Club of Upper Eden will participate in the form of a joint venture with Appleby Rotary Club. The clubs will be represented by the Murmansk 4, John Taylor and Alan McViety of Appleby and Arthur Littlefair and Roger Frank of Upper Eden.

21st May 2018 6pm

Progress is without doubt being made, with checkpoints at Barton Grange, Manchester Airport, Llandudno where there be dragons, Stoke And Coventry Motor Museum behind us we called in at the Alcester head office of RIBI for a welcome mug of tea. Passing Eavsham and Ross on Wye we're now heading to Monmouth for our next check-in before picking one at Ebbw Vale...more dragons. Hot enough it is in this unventilated cabin where the rear windows don't open. A shower of rain has helped a tad. Of greater assistance are the ear plugs we brought along to ease the discomfort of the constant whine from the rear axle. It's like travelling with an air-raid siren as a companion. I'm doubling up with ear defenders as well... though it does rather limit conversation. We're aiming the be back this side of the Severn before seeking beer and a bed for the night away from those dragons. Good crack all round.

21st May 2018 4pm

Stopped off at Trentham Gardens

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21st May 2018 7am

Left home at 7.00 this fine morning we're on our way now from the first checkpoint at Barton Grange on the A6 fuelled by bacon butter and coffee. With Roger at the wheel our next stop's at Manchester Airport and generally south intending to make Monmouth before nightfall.

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16th May 2018

Hey up we’re nearly there with the dumpy truck and ready for the off on Monday morning. The truck has been given a through trial in the Appleby Rotary Cub vintage car rally last Saturday and is pronounced by Roger as ready to go. Signatures of support cover the rear panel and all that remains is for the four of us to pack our kit and set off.. Four days of tough travel await us as we seek to visit every Rotary district in Britain. It hardly seems possible.

Mid April 2018

Refurbishment of Mr Dumpy completed. Road tests to begin shortly.

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Early April 2018

Good progress with rear axle overhaul and construction of the roll top.

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Late February 2018

Dumping Polio Team Photo
Left to right: John Taylor (Appleby), Arthur Littlefair (Upper Eden), Roger Frank (Upper Eden), Alan McViety (Appleby).

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Roll top under construction.

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Looking more like a pick-up again.

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Early February 2018

De-rusting and painting the roof. Re-assembling the cab interior.

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January 2018

Work on the cab involves de-rusting and interior cleaning.

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A Note from Roger Frank, UERC Participant

Obviously a simple banger would not fit our past record which has always involved a transit. So a suitable old, timed out transit tipper truck has been acquired and work has just started in converting it to a suitable entry which will be called Mr Dumpy - the Ice Cream van was Mr Drippy. Our team name is Dumping Polio.

Take part in an event that you’re never going to forget and experience the legendary blend of fun and friendship that only Rotary can provide and raise funds for one of the most significant life-changing projects the world has ever seen.

Link to End Polio Now website

Link to Purple4Polio Grand Tour website

A Note from the Organisers