We’ve been keeping you posted on Prince Harry‘s participation with the charity Walking With The Wounded to support injured British Army vets, and the move even earned him and the charity a cover photo on GQ Magazine.
The group left their camp on April 4th, and the 26-year-old Prince said on the charity’s blog, “all the boys are really excited to finally be going; we’ve been sitting around here for far too long now. Blue sky outside here at Svalbard, can’t wait to get on the ice with the boys, shame I will only be able to spend about two and a half days with them, but they are all really excited so keep the support going.”
The deal is that Harry, along with four severely wounded vets, will attempt to trek 200 miles as they aim to be the first amputees to reach the North Pole unsupported. The group has also set goal to raise £2,000,000 for the charities Help for Heroes, Skill Force, Blesma and The Warrior Programme.
Martin Hewitt, a team captain on the journey, was shot and wounded in Afghanistan, causing paralysis of his right arm. He wrote on April 6th that, “Today was our first full day on the ice and it was quite challenging, the terrain was very difficult, there were fjords to navigate the entire day, which made progress extremely slow. The temperature was rather cold, we think it was around minus thirty, there was a bit of a wind chill as well, so our breaks, food and water were minimised to less than five minutes to make sure we didn’t get too cold. We’ve now pitched camp, getting settled and eating before getting an early night before tomorrow starts. We’re hoping to cover a distance of ten miles tomorrow.
In terms of their charity goal, over £464,000 has been raised so far, and the expedition is planning to finish on April 26th— just three days shy of Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s royal wedding— so these boys could really use big time support!
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