Fundraiser set for Arctic trip

By Toby Leigh in Charity

Stonemason Nathan Rees will be braving the Arctic cold living in a snow hole to raise cash for the charity that helped his nan.

The 37-year-old father of two will be heading for Sweden in the dead of winter to take part in a week-long Arctic survival adventure to raise funds for the Rowcroft Hospice charity.

Nathan, who grew up in Totnes and lives in Stoke Gabriel, explained: “I really didn’t know what Rowcroft did but this year they took care of my nan in the latest stage of her life. I’m doing this for my nan and trying to give something back for what they did for her.”

Nathan’s grandmother Esme spent the last two weeks of her life last year being looked after at the Torquay hospice.

Nathan will be spending seven days in Sweden just below the Arctic Circle, with a dozen fellow Arctic survival challengers from January 7 to 14 next year, travelling by foot and husky sleigh during the day and camping out at night.

“We will have to build our own shelters each night and for one night you have to sleep in a snow hole,” he said. “Temperatures will be about 30 degrees below zero. There are no polar bears there, which is a plus, and the date is prime time for the aurora borealis and it’s one of my ambitions to see that.”

Nathan, who lives with wife Kiri and two daughters aged two and four years, was a pupil at Bridgetown – now St John’s – Primary School and King Edward VI Community College.

Normally the family holidays involve following the sun to places such as Gran Canaria and Cyprus.

“I’ve never done anything like this before. It’s a first for me,” added Nathan.

Anyone who wants to support Nathan in reaching his £5,000 target can do so by going to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nathan-REES.

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