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Update for April 13, 2015:

The directors of London-based yacht sales and management company  Y.Co — Gary Wright, Charlie Birkett and Yves Damette — have reached the Geographic North Pole. The yachties joined a team on the 100km polar expedition in early April and spent six days trekking in freezing temperatures. Their goal was to raise £250,000 for two charities that help those with head injuries and brain tumors and members of the military who have suffered in service. They had raised about two-thirds that amount by the time their trip ended.

For more information and to donate, visit www.head-north.org. To hear their blog entries, click here.

 

Published March 31, 2015

The directors of London-based Y.Co — Gary Wright, Charlie Birkett and Yves Damette — are teaming up with some rugby players from England and UK Royal Marines on Saturday for a 10-day, 100km polar expedition to the Geographic North Pole, the highest point on Earth. The group is raising £250,000 for two charities that help those with head injuries and brain tumors and members of the military who have suffered in service.

For more information and to donate, visit www.head-north.org and the team’s page at www.justgiving.com.

Following are more details from the www.head-north.org site:

THE MISSION

The idea for headnorth was inspired by the team’s passion for adventure, commitment to corporate social responsibility and constant search for the ultimate challenge.

Headnorth is an extreme challenge for charity. A 100km trek from Barneo to the Geographic North Pole, the highest point on Earth at Latitude 90° North.

The team: Gary Wright, Charlie Birkett and Yves Damette of Y.CO, Rugby World Cup 2003 winners Danny Grewcock MBE, Josh Lewsey MBE and Lewis Moody MBE, Royal Marines Wayne Hoyle and James Nightingale and expedition leader, accomplished polar explorer Alan Chambers MBE.

We will set off on 4 April from Ice Camp Barneo, situated 1° away from the North Pole. The sea ice here is strong enough to land planes. We will trek northwards for 10 days. This journey is one of the most extreme tests of physical and psychological endurance that humans can experience. Temperatures remain between -25 and -50ºC. Our group will battle over a constantly moving ice flow through an unpredictable polar climate pulling 60kg sledges.

Headnorth aims to raise in excess of £250,000 for people in desperate need. The Lewis Moody Foundation brings relief to families affected by serious illness, and raises funding for brain tumour research. The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund supports those injured in service to our country, and the families of those who gave their lives.

Please donate generously!

FUNDRAISING. EXPLORATION. ADVENTURE.

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