The adventurers who came in from the cold: YN raise £20,000 for Norwood

10 March 2015

A team of eleven fundraisers risked frostbite to trek across the Arctic for Norwood last week. The five-day challenge saw them driving a team of huskies through the snowy Swedish wilderness, battling temperatures of minus 10 degrees and bedding down for the night in an igloo they built themselves. Together the group raised over £20,000 for the charity.

Olivia Fox, YN Events Fundraiser at Norwood, said: "It snowed throughout the entire trip. Trekking through sticky, powdery snow was really hard going but it was so rewarding to get to the finish. The experience was incredible."

Natalie Parnell said: "The toughest thing was definitely building our own igloos. We had to pile masses of snow into a dome then compact it tightly in order to expel all the air. We left it to freeze for about two hours before burrowing inside and hollowing out a space to sleep, which is trickier than it sounds! It wasn't the most comfortable night's sleep, but it was surprisingly warm and an amazing feeling that we had built it ourselves!"

Josh Drukarz said: "There were some amazing people on the challenge with me. We went cross-country ski trekking, dog-sledging, building and sleeping in an igloo, ice-fishing and general wilderness survival. I'm delighted to have been able to raise money for such a good cause. A big thanks to the charity for organising the challenge and I look forward to joining Norwood again at future events and challenges."