Arctic volunteers civic send off

Liverpool Town Hall

Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan will present the Liverpool City Shield to a brave group of volunteers taking part in the ‘Arctic Heroes Challenge’ on Monday 11 February.

The shield will then be presented to the Lord Mayor of Honningsvag as a goodwill gesture from the people of Liverpool during their trip.

Ian Williams and Wayne Mosedale, two of those heavily  involved in the challenge, will accept the shield from the Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan at Exchange Flags where they will also be taking ownership of a brand new jeep which has been loaned to them for the expedition.

Councillor Sharon Sullivan said: “Help for Heroes is a very worthy cause and I wish everyone involved in this highly physical and emotional challenge the best of luck.

“I am delighted to be sending them off to Norway with the Liverpool City Shield as a token of friendship, I am sure they will receive a fantastic welcome in Nordkapp.”

It will take 17 days for the 4 vehicle, 8 person expedition to drive from the UK and cross the Arctic Circle in the northern region of Norway, aiming to reach the northernmost point of Europe at North Cape (Nordkapp).

At this point only the Svalbard Islands will separate the expedition from the North Pole on the Polar Ice Cap in the Arctic Ocean. This will be done in temperatures as low as minus 30degrees celsius. The team are also planning to wild camp at some of the locations en-route as they make their way through Norway to the tip of Europe.

The group have already managed to raise over £25,000 for Help for Heroes and well exceeding their original target of £20,000.

Anyone wanting more information or to make a donation can do so by visiting www.arcticheroeschallenge.co.uk and a donation site at www.bmycharity.com/arcticheroeschallenge