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Simon Flatt's Arctic Challenge - 25 Jan 2018

1 team member

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p][b]Update[/b][/p][p]After months of preparation and training, the team completed this challenge in some extremely tough and testing conditions! [/p][p]This was most certainly one of the toughest and physically enduring challenges I have ever embarked on in my lifetime. As expected, the weather was subpolar and trekking through the bitter cold was like spending five days in a deep freezer – everything froze over![/p][p]Collectively we have raised over £100,000 for the Dreams Come True charity which means that, on average, some 35-40 children will have their dreams come true, paid for via your sponsorship.[/p][p]A sterling effort by the team and, more importantly, by your personal sponsorship, which we most certainly do not take for granted, so thank you once again.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Arctic Circle, 100Km trek, Polar Temp -30oC[/b][/p][p][img]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/9rJ1sf-fhA7sxuZe5fx6OmpcLGLQtJGY7m2kDqFhZq4tdv6U3LFx6pHcuxyVcIt7PIcvttWhhotPQHEKiUSOm70pTAfAUZhNZM-eKkpLTXbUx0gVaA2pQ_abKjWHukJLr46cVJ65N_rXPZigkRQzLf4LC9lMsKWeAS7L8uQtzxfoW_Z8eHuO3FYJIUlFejUzwCaoDoW30X3ME8Sz8oyBG6LeZX-RlecsmqyhUK1MpjzUN7dZfn3sKgO_BUrx_v9bK7j9P8xiEKjdpCr84eLnn-l6X3yEplptNBqsXYsKg7tFhlQjvBQWpZXTLV8g33z7ZBOHCaSy15Zh6GUbq_rA4DhnG08BxaJ5P5oGBkenJA9c2TuESN5lezK0hyqo3qm-EB22JMoPYjTjnoj42AzMxOFfW3wVS2q-57d2GMcPMRBxa4FmU1hUyi_h-Rory44Jnjhc0I5KFE-pOa8cnncKj5nlTREezNs1isMwLYDemjCpVR07yf7NlVS4K7ket38JfsWAlz5t5Aybifkwyp1mYbqoKJnhTC_3UEwTlTt7uIeX86nDa9JORgLetkLj__1tp6SwD2E7F8Ao_bN9BXgauPb7YXFrR8pehPFvQQoKmKLpVyOhqhdrULuklxRgS_of2lFNJh2uxnjSFzqAKapoCuzJbipbZAYuoek=w940-h351-no[/img][/p][p][b]My motivation…[/b][/p][p]I do love a challenge, but I also like for those challenges to result in something worthwhile, so when I was honoured this year to be chosen as President of the Micawber Construction Club, an industry networking group that does extraordinary things to raise money for worthy causes, I saw my opportunity.[/p][p]My first challenge was to choose a charity. I chose Dreams Come True – a children’s charity that enriches the lives of children and young people with serious and life-limiting illnesses and conditions. With two children of my own it is hard not to be moved by the work that they do and so it really was a bit of a no brainer to do something to help them.[/p][p][img]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/laPRXrqbtkJLi-TpeQ40SI5A9ue6X5h4luer4tTYjMzIzFlfMSHxy-QVabzAcfyAOQBfEc7r4j4eHSQlcjmGsKWB_qep0OWxfjLoeDcad4jdkdn8sVeiEcRu_WP5QexIN3H92tLaPORuBiX_mdoevZZsgXviD2DZOrFZfUB_wAuKTX9vQu8DxaKA7wGOhVzS_SVexmbXvSpZTA_9lIArOlYdUsDVd01BbrQsgR4XyeCBly3TtT02hypyozAY6rnoKvwA8hHdWWzeQjmboj46lcmF0SGHFMO4QvzYgeg9vUzO9A184_XbVIzr6QIxGKr0RfTR99eKHx1Mh-zbDBqnPmtI08NCNmwk-802M6iW1Hmbx6MjaRU0aEkHegiMPBF6ZY30SbuOMkN7d73LhFnUyRknp_GXJo-Iyx5PX2TNajifF2fa1FESvmHJxY3KCtTi1RRH0xlX28NIjYeXGQLg2EZEncE0RcFedHTn0n7_WN5TA7jEci_mHN5syLNodx5bLy5GjrxExDn5lvLlsocyMC4inN4MwTkx6h3fP_eOthFB6o6SFK_WVqERjX7FndHyEDTwxGak5OcKAYQWKaatEFyOWVn45efsgV8BMYk0XUdf_VIe0TZUzUMNG419DZuA6UFEXJSu5QeMC9Wmq4MdCZ1olUnIBpYUCWo=w1440-h450-no[/img][/p][p][b]The challenge ahead…[/b][/p][p]Organised by Specialist Expedition Organisation, Breaking Strain, the opportunity came about for a real challenge. I was warned that it wasn’t for the faint hearted, so I roped in five Captains of Industry to make a team; walking through the Arctic Circle in minus 30 Degree weather (even colder in the evening), trekking 100km in 3 days, 12 hour walking days with us wearing snow shoes, pulling our equipment in a pulk, sleeping in a tent, all without the aid of huskies and snowmobiles. ‘Why are you putting yourself through this?’ I hear you ask. You can find the answer below. Let me introduce you to Naomi.[/p][p][b]About Naomi…[/b][/p][p][img]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/38q5aYag0zShQrhxS8HErQHDsly3KVhy5krkRIPCqcFD7k9rltBAwK4HvZ0IxdbxjSTl-SKaLWrEwh1-H8RZdVoM9izZWJJ9q_7oGadjIo-ytLNr42kQw4iIjJtTnqEHOBTAZF_rzYXjap_NRg-ieZRHCJUMDJQV6SIQyw5ckp0DfGSmiD2aoeqfv5VvjPjcf26y7lGXs6bV-ouHLNHbdLUWVdl2MMl9YOiJ6K8jmZ0BOi7HJd1rth8hQaEIH_aDGkzpWhV1x67FmIgH0Hgsgsh-UE1zrKBwqI8BXphBz5jamOshg9xgyAGBsZJh8eltK8dXmATQbzRBBabumLdY716JTuBL1ezHd-xl43oJGtHR4ytBcSD_8QeUIecOnpptX-0XyP8SmHoqG1g62qUgKMR88vF6vmk9u9DjwhbBLtSjOiykPAYhQoF3Fb6FP18lCdHBlMvj0aQCSgitYnXTBkC9rHywHTPuHauxPaHUzfguPrtNZef7AzQvQ3Gf1aqEhAFcpFIq52HWJ5Jjgd97sfUrK64MRsK8lBO9CQyF7-QblEFBAt8eHKx1vNZv0EnoR3dePColh8XXTJTRu5yahO-5l8DXO6fG0GpjQRK7SwtEbUHtspFJl_2XBQcOWF0kAV-607XhsO6ZZVXTAsj4lDQ82jGgEIAwIFA=w485-h861-no[/img][/p][p]Naomi is 13 years old. She lives in Fernhurst in West Sussex with her parents and younger brother Oscar. At the end of 2014 she was diagnosed with leukaemia and has since undergone intensive treatment including a stem cell transplant. This required long periods of hospitalisation which Naomi, through courage and sheer determination, coped amazingly and inspiringly well with.[/p][p]Naomi wrote to Dreams Come True, saying “I’ve always dreamed of going to Hawaii, ever since I was little. Mum used to tell me stories of how spectacular it was. I'd like to take my brother Oscar because he bravely donated his bone marrow to me to save my life. If I go to Hawaii I'd like to see the stars at Mauna Loa, swim with dolphins, walk on top of the volcano and learn traditional Hawaiian dancing.”[/p][p]After reading this story, I felt an uncontrollable need to make this happen… so here I am setting myself the toughest challenge of my life. Please, please help me make Naomi’s dream come true, any donations will go such a long way to make all of this possible[img]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/DhIciXNSCXyz0tFtu_vnPrLkw3s9KwlKMHHhKUmA-lYlhBQIHppC_9PPwSHriFGNlh7YMgKfgIfMiJsqRIkl15fccY2teAg8NCC5k30wYUaO02MqjCUpi8jwSefoRWr3G2iArk7940FIxjS6mdj1WN961CrSdgUC_xaMVi7KTDWjEhqcxAhWI1fdZReuLoQbr6r2ZBlDAq32JfLK-fbJXKk7JYvPI7OkhbOSffATxGUY26zPeixPuV-PKvgO51dTclkfxhNzTLxVA0XDdyvPQiA-bp24OU-5iXbmC_yvbAVZ9d3wKXIkFmeqLcjfijsW_Ht65JpSHDOww1NyxclloD37aLHIpBcCZ5P2k9i-jMbX7FuO-W3fz9_MeY5i3EDjY1jbSAvXY2mrAoseRXmt36DzDBDnQUezOXOy130Zvc1pwDdByHB_l3pz5KsX61ui_koSCqDZm5ieU8Y4U7qftcGgmDVaVKAEZfkI1I0GGLOMBYS7g5oXihic8c1VErwC0Y6SI86_P1KdSOmaf5in5mvFO_yUk4LPMB2FSGGGPDsnQFW2rOeH-Aug1wD56cuInaxxkaG--KO-xkRokqqNMbUGZp0LBjkJd6AEkjN3slk4emCCfvQtuwxGoDs6XtFIDOxFCOpI-xc9tQR_Bk6q8lzHA63U1NeOiWE=w1435-h861-no[/img][/p][p][b]How you can help…[/b][/p][p]If you would like to be a part of making Naomi’s dream come true, please donate anything you can afford and, if you are happy to, share our mission with your friends and family so that maybe they might be compelled to give a pound or two.[/p][p][b]Thanks for reading and wish us luck. Simon.[/b][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Previous donations - [/b][/p][p][br][/p][p]05-Dec-2017[/p][p]Anonymous[/p][p]Nice one Simon, that is a great cause. And will be an amazing experience. I heard Ranolph Fiennes at BISRE luncheon recently and his story was something else!![/p][p]£25.00[/p][p][br][/p][p]05-Dec-2017[/p][p]Tony Venn[/p][p]You crazy man and the best of luck to complete this awesome challenge. I have full confidence in you to stride forth! Best wishes Tony[/p][p]£250.00[/p][p]plus £62.50 Gift Aid[/p][p][br][/p][p]05-Dec-2017[/p][p]Richard Harrison[/p][p]Simon, very impressive indeed! Good for you,[/p][p]£20.00[/p][p]plus £5.00 Gift Aid[/p][p][br][/p][p]04-Dec-2017[/p][p]Justin Rookard[/p][p]Good Luck Simon.[/p][p]£30.00[/p][p]plus £7.50 Gift Aid[/p][p][br][/p][p]04-Dec-2017[/p][p]Martin Steele[/p][p]Looking forward to hearing all about it on your return.[/p][p]£100.00[/p][p]plus £25.00 Gift Aid[/p][p][br][/p][p]01-Dec-2017[/p][p]Anonymous[/p][p]£25.00[/p][p]plus £6.25 Gift Aid[/p][p][br][/p][p]30-Nov-2017[/p][p]Russell Durling[/p][p]Good luck , hope you have some good warm Long Johns. Best wishes Russell[/p][p]£50.00[/p][p]plus £12.50 Gift Aid[/p][p][br][/p][p]30-Nov-2017[/p][p]Louisa[/p][p]Good luck on your adventure! A great cause.[/p][p]£15.00[/p][p]plus £3.75 Gift Aid[/p][p][br][/p][p]28-Nov-2017[/p][p]Paul Cherry[/p][p]Good Luck Simon. Plant a flag for Flatts when you get to your destination![/p][p]£20.00[/p][p]plus £5.00 Gift Aid[/p][p][br][/p][p]28-Nov-2017[/p][p]Andy kelly[/p][p]Amazing challenge, hope the weather is on your side. Best of luck.[/p][p]£100.00[/p][p]plus £25.00 Gift Aid[/p][p][br][/p][p]Nov 28, 2017[/p][p]Grant[/p][p]Good luck Simon, excellent cause. Hope you avoid a ranulph Fiennes scenario and have to hack of any frost bitten fingers on return. Will keep a hacksaw ready just in case, shout me....[/p][p]£30.00[/p][p]plus £7.50 Gift Aid[/p][p][br][/p][p]Nov 28, 2017[/p][p]Hugh[/p][p]Extraordinary challenge for an excellent cause. Good luck![/p][p]£100.00[/p][p]plus £25.00 Gift Aid[/p][p][br][/p][p]Nov 27, 2017[/p][p]Lynes Family[/p][p]Presuming you are running it? Good luck![/p][p]£100.00[/p][p]plus £25.00 Gift Aid[/p][p][br][/p][p]Nov 13, 2017[/p][p]Toby[/p][p]Simon, keep the Training up and you will be fine. A great cause.[/p][p]£100.00[/p][p]plus £25.00 Gift Aid[/p][p][br][/p][p]Nov 13, 2017[/p][p]Martin Forrest[/p][p]Good luck Simon, a difficult challenge and a great cause.[/p][p]£100.00[/p][p]plus £25.00 Gift Aid[/p][p][br][/p][p]Nov 10, 2017[/p][p]Ian Humphreys[/p][p]Don't forget your snow shoval[/p][p]£30.00[/p][p]plus £7.50 Gift Aid[/p][p][br][/p][p]Nov 10, 2017[/p][p]Sam Donovan[/p][p]Good luck out there. Might need a hot water bottle or two![/p][p]£10.00[/p][p]plus £2.50 Gift Aid[/p][p][br][/p][p]Nov 10, 2017[/p][p]Mark Glover[/p][p]I cannot find the page to sponsor all the local polar bears, so I guess I shall just have to wish them luck.[/p][p]£20.00[/p][p]plus £5.00 Gift Aid[/p][p][br][/p][p]Nov 3, 2017[/p][p]Graham Walker[/p][p]A great cause! Best of luck to you Simon - from all at team PMW[/p][p]£100.00[/p][p][br][/p][p]Oct 10, 2017[/p][p]Paul Flatt[/p][p]Good luck Simon - fantastic cause. Paul[/p][p]£100.00[/p][p]plus £25.00 Gift Aid[/p][p][br][/p][p]Oct 6, 2017[/p][p]Tony Moule[/p][p]Keep plodding on! Best of luck[/p][p]£100.00[/p][p]plus £25.00 Gift Aid[/p][p][br][/p][p]Oct 6, 2017[/p][p]Barbara Moule[/p][p]You can do it! Good luck[/p][p]£100.00[/p][p]plus £25.00 Gift Aid[/p][p][br][/p][p]Oct 5, 2017[/p][p]Jodi Bonner[/p][p]Best of luck Simon, what a wonderful cause! Jodi, Mark, Ben[/p][p]£15.00[/p][p]plus £3.75 Gift Aid[/p][p][br][/p][p]Oct 2, 2017[/p][p]Lisa[/p][p]Good luck! Fantastic cause and top effort by you and the team.[/p][p]£100.00[/p][p]plus £25.00 Gift Aid[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

25 Jan 2018


Feb 5, 2018

Mark and Lucy

Well done Simon! What a great achievement.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Feb 3, 2018


Well done Si, you’re a star!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Feb 2, 2018

Lauren Griffith

You smashed it! Sponsored Skydive- Bungee Jump - Lion Taming challenge for next year? Well done Simon.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jan 31, 2018

Martin Pollard

No trouble in picking you out in the photos Simon! Congratulations on your epic journey.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jan 31, 2018

The Raeburns

Well done Simon.


Jan 31, 2018

Jackie Stainer

Congratulations Simon, an amazing achievement!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jan 31, 2018

Roy Hart

Congratulations, fantastic effort.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jan 31, 2018

Steve Jenner

Well done mate. You should have done it in the summer when the weather was warmer!


Jan 31, 2018

Nick Waring

well done Simon.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jan 31, 2018

Intelligent Performacne

Amazing cause, and proud to support you from all at Intelligent Performance


Simon Flatt

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