On Monday 23 December at 9:00am GMT, the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 teams arrived at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 3 and shared an emotional reunion with their families, friends and loved ones. The expedition teams from the UK, the US and the Commonwealth (Australia and Canada) arrived back from a 5-week expedition in the harsh and unforgiving environment of Antarctica, where they undertook a gruelling 13-day challenge across 200km to reach the geographic South Pole.
Prince Harry, the Expedition Patron, who has been a member of Team Glenfiddich for the entirety of the expedition, spoke about how honoured he feels to have been involved, and the feeling of achievement by all:
“It’s an amazing feeling, it really is. I’m so proud, I’m so chuffed and so privileged to be here with all these guys and girls, and well done to Ed Parker and Simon Daglish and everyone who’s organised this. What an amazing accomplishment. Mission success.”
– Prince Harry, Expedition Patron and Team Glenfiddich member
Today the global community of wounded ex-service personnel salutes the team members for the inspiring journey they have taken and everyone who has supported, sponsored and been there every step of the way.
The money that you have helped raise for Walking With The Wounded will help make a difference to the lives of our wounded and injured soldiers, helping to assist them in finding a civilian career outside the Military.
The expeditions that Walking With The Wounded undertake look to raise awareness, to show the public who our wounded are, to tell their stories and to highlight the support they need. They are also to champion these extraordinary people who do not give up despite injury and continue to face challenges with determination and courage, just as the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge members have shown.
You can still visit the Virgin Money’s South Pole Allied Challenge hub to donate and help the teams raise their £150,000 target to support Walking With The Wounded.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.