Arctic Charity Trek to raise funds for HCU research
My niece, Sienna, is living with a genetic disorder known as HCU and in April 2013 I swapped the deserts of Dubai for the frosty arctic circle for a six day trek to raise awareness and funds to help research into HCU. The challenge was to sledge with a team of husky dogs across 250 km from the Arctic city of Tromso in temperatures as low as -30c. If you saw any of the ITV programme 71 Degrees North you will know some of the challenges faced!
The trek was organised by Make A Wish Foundation. In case you are not aware of the excellent work they do, Make A Wish Foundation grant magical wishes to children and young people aged from 3 to 17 living with a life-threatening condition.
The trek was an incredible experience, one I would recommend to anyone looking for a rewarding but tough physical challenge. Sienna’s godmother, Julie and I raised a total of £27,000 and we both want to thank everyone that sponsored and supported us – it will go a long way towards making a difference to the lives of those with HCU.