Brothers drive to Arctic Circle in memory of their mum

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Two brothers from Northampton have driven to the Arctic Circle and back in a ‘battered old van’ in memory of their mum.

Matthew and Richard Hollis lost their mother, Susan, to Motor Neurone Disease in 2011.

The pair set off from the MND Association’s offices in Northampton town centre, where Matthew works, on Valentine’s Day.

They drove to the Arctic Circle despite atrocious weather and arrived back this week, fulfilling a sponsorship challenge.

They said the road disappeared from view at some points and the van, which was saved from scrap, would freeze if they had to stop.

Sally Light, MND Association chief executive, said: “The challenge started in the worst conditions possible and they were delayed leaving Dover by around 12 hours.

“They drove about 16-hour days to get back on schedule and we were so proud when they reached the Arctic Circle.

“I hope Matthew gets back to work in one piece and without too much frostbite!

“Without the support of them and so many other fund-raisers, we simply would not be able to fund our vital support services and research to find a cure.

“Together we are making a real difference for people affected by this devastating disease.”

You can find out more about the Arctic Challenge via