Local man Ed Suttie will be embarking on a challenge of a lifetime when he takes on the ultimate test of trekking to the North Pole to raise money for his chosen charities Rennie Grove Hospice Care, Cancer Research UK, UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and Earthworks St Albans.
Ed, who lives in St Albans with wife Clare and children Madeleine, Alex and James, will embark on the epic adventure to the North Pole from a position of 2 degrees south of the magnetic pole in April 2016. The challenge will cover over 200km and will consist of 21 days of walking and skiing on treacherous sea ice and snow, tackling pressure ridges and the extreme cold.
In temperatures expected to be below -45 degrees centigrade, the trek to one of the last true wildernesses in the world and is set to the biggest challenge that Ed will encounter in his lifetime. Only a select few make it each year and Ed is hoping to add his name to the short list of adventurers who have made the ultimate journey to the top of the world.
With training now well under way, Ed has found great support from local companies Atlas Translations, Rayner Essex and Glint Media from St Albans as well as Icetrek and the Wood Marketing Federation of Ireland who are all helping Ed try and reach his goal.
Ed said “My goal is to raise at least £30,000 for some brilliant charities. I am funding the cost of the challenge entirely myself. It is because of these amazing companies and individuals that we can help the heroes of the piece – the charities. All the money raised will go to the charities.”
To prepare for the challenge ahead, Ed has roped in his family to take part in Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s annual festive fundraiser the Jingle Bell Jog and Reindeer Run on Sunday 6 December 2015 at the Waterend Barn in St Albans.
Ed Said “This is our first event as a family and the kids can’t wait. I’m sure it will be a lot colder at the North Pole but this is a great excuse to get dressed up and get the family involved, and after all it is for a great Claus!”