Spring may have sprung here in the UK but for two intrepid adventurers life is about to get a whole lot colder. CEO of the Book People Seni Glaister, along with friend and colleague Sara Cooper, is setting off this week on an epic ‘stroll’ to the North Pole, in aid of children’s hospice charity Shooting Star CHASE.
This will be Seni and Sara’s third challenge, after they climbed Kilimanjaro in 2010 and scaled the three highest mountains in North Africa in 2011. They will be putting their own tents up in temperatures as low as -50 degrees, navigating around open water, dragging their kit over pressure ridges in the ice – and keeping a watchful eye out for polar bears.
The Stroll to the Pole is a challenge for a very good cause. Seni and Sara are walking to celebrate the life of publisher Peter Bowron, who died suddenly in 2009, and to raise money for Shooting Star CHASE. So far, the pair’s efforts, together with the Book People’s annual Catteshall Stroll, have raised over £110,000 to help their local hospice, Christopher’s, keep on providing respite care for life-limited children and a lifeline for their families.
Further information on this extraordinary expedition and where the money will be going can be found on the following websites:
www.strolltothepole.co.uk – all about Seni and Sara’s challenge
www.catteshallstroll.co.uk – register to support or take part in this year’s stroll
www.shootingstarchase.org.uk – all about this amazing charity
Follow the pair’s progress, step by freezing step, on Twitter @Long_Flat_White
Seni Glaister says: “There is no doubt that this is our most ambitious expedition to date, but we’re heading north in aid of a wonderful cause. Christopher’s has no guaranteed government funding so every penny we raise really does count. As we drag our sleds over the ice and huddle in our tents at night, knowing that people at home are wishing us well and helping us raise money will really help to keep us going.”
Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/strolltothepole