Ten intrepid fundraisers are set to push themselves to the limit as they take on an Arctic Survival Challenge, raising vital funds for the British Paralympic Association (BPA).The group begin their adventure on March 7, marking one year to go until the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
Guided by adventure specialists Intrepid Expeditions, the team will travel to the edge of the Arctic Circle where they’ll meet freezing temperatures of -30 degrees Celsius. They will acclimatise to life for a week in the wilderness, before venturing out into the harsh environment to build a shelter in which to live. They will also have to learn skills to help them traverse the Arctic landscape, including husky sledding, driving a snowmobile, and cross-country skiing.
Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of the British Paralympic Association, said: “The Arctic Challenge demonstrates the lengths to which our fundraisers will go to show their support for the BPA. In their enthusiasm to take on this challenge and push themselves to the limit, they are reflecting the spirit shown by our athletes. Departing exactly one year before the Sochi Winter Games get underway, the expedition is a timely demonstration of how their support helps us to prepare our athletes to compete and enables us to send the best prepared ParalympicsGB team to the Games. I’d therefore like to thank EDF Energy for their continued and much valued support.”
The team consists of employees from EDF Energy, long-term supporters of the BPA. The expedition party is built of staff members based at offices across the country and includes Anthony Hughes from Doxford, Mark Holmes from Heysham, Laraine Munt from London, Chris Simpson from Worthing, Jemma Penkethman and Chris Bushell from Exeter, Lavinia Fieldsend-Allum and Isobel Robertson from Hove and Dominic Blythe and Andy Tuck from Torness.
Anthony Hughes, a customer service advisor from Doxford, said: “I cannot wait for the opportunity to complete the challenge – especially the survival stage. I want to push myself to the limit – and surviving on rations, building shelters from snow and melting snow for water is a massive physical and psychological challenge.
“The opportunity also gives me the chance to take part in Husky sledging, snowboarding, cross country skiing and riding snowmobiles. All while raising money for a fantastic charity.”
Peter Thorn, Communication and Education Lead Manager at EDF Energy, added: “This is the second year running that a team of our adventurous employees is taking on the Arctic Survival challenge and EDF Energy is really pleased to be supporting them. It’s a fantastic opportunity to not only take on the challenge of a life-time but a unique way to raise funds for our company charity partner, the British Paralympic Association. The team members have all sought individual sponsorship and carried out additional fundraising activities, and we are hoping they will raise in excess of £10,000.
“All of our employees have contributed to making this charity partnership a success and the energy and enthusiasm put into fundraising has clearly paid off, as our grand total currently stands at over £636,000, an achievement that we are extremely proud of.”