Three brave finance professionals are preparing to undertake a gruelling walk to the North Pole, with the aim of raising £1m for worthy causes.
Simon Kiley and James Greenly, director and portfolio specialist respectively at Norwich-based independent advice firm RJL, and Matthew Deeprose, sales director at Dominion Funds, will endure a year of intense training ahead of the walk in April 2013.
They have set the ambitious target of raising £1m for charities Mission Motorsport and Walking with the Wounded, both of which support and rehabilitate injured soldiers.
The group will fly into Oslo, Norway, next April and then onwards to Spitzbergen where they will take a few days to acclimatise to the harsh conditions. They will negotiate approximately 130 miles of arduous arctic terrain for 14 days before reaching their destination at the top of the world.
The treacherous North Pole landscape presents a host of obstacles including moving ice sheets and dangerous wildlife. The group started training for their tough physical challenge back in October.
Training consists of gym work, excursions in mountainous regions such as the Black Hills in Wales, and activities designed to build up core muscle strength.
“We constantly get up at five o’clock in the morning and go for a ten mile run,” said Kiley. ”In a few months’ time we will have to start pulling truck tyres to get used to pulling a sledge.”
The team faces an additional challenge in that Kiley is a diabetic who needs regular insulin – they will have to take special precautions to ensure this crucial medication does not freeze.
The City Endeavour expedition has already secured the support of big names in the financial services sector – Dominion Fund Management, Artemis, BNY Mellon, J. P. Morgan, Aberdeen, and Neptune have already pledged to sponsor the trip, which will cost an estimated £150,000.
Deeprose said: “I want City Endeavour to stand for something, to get people in the City together to raise money for a good cause.”
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