Bath Rugby Academy Director and World Cup winner Danny Grewcock will shortly be embarking on another extreme challenge for charity: headnorth, a 100km trek from Ice Camp Barneo to the Geographic North Pole, the highest point of Planet Earth.
Danny will be joined on this gruelling expedition by fellow World Cup winners Lewis Moody and Josh Lewsey, two Royal Marines and Y.CO co-founders Gary Wright and Charlie Birkett and Director Yacht Management Yves Damette. The team will be led by experienced North Pole explorer Alan Chambers MBE.
By taking on this epic test, the group are aiming to raise a minimum of £250,000, which will be split between two charities: The Lewis Moody Foundation and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF).
The Lewis Moody Foundation helps families affected by serious illness, offering days out and one-off experiences for children and their families, and funds scientific research through The Brain Tumour Charity, aimed at saving young lives.
The RMCTF provides a better quality of life to serving and retired Royal Marines and their families, and helps the wounded and injured, particularly as the most severely injured begin their transition into civilian life.
The trek traverses over 100km of shifting sea ice and is a huge challenge for all involved. After acclimatisation in the relative civilisation of Barneo, the team will trek for 10 days northwards, to Latitude 90° North, a total distance of around 100km, 60 nautical miles. The group will battle over a constantly moving ice flow through an unpredictable polar climate pulling 50kg sledges. Temperatures are between -30 and -35ºC and there is a constant threat of polar bear attacks and storms.
This journey is one of the most extreme tests of physical and psychological endurance that humans can experience - watch our exclusive BRtv video with Danny and Lewis to hear more about why they are undertaking their biggest challenge to date.
You can donate to these fantastic causes at justgiving.com/teams/ycoheadnorth or TEXT YCOH15 £amount to 70070.