Nurse completes charity polar trek
A NURSE has successfully completed a 350-mile trek to the North Pole for charity.Fizzy Lillingston, a mother of three and practice nurse at Combs Ford Surgery in Stowmarket, undertook the mission for Cancer Research UK in a team of six.
A NURSE has successfully completed a 350-mile trek to the North Pole for charity.
Fizzy Lillingston, a mother of three and practice nurse at Combs Ford Surgery in Stowmarket, undertook the mission for Cancer Research UK in a team of six.
Her husband Jack Lillingston, a technology firm managing director in his 40s, said: "I am so pleased she is all right. There have been dangers out there, with temperatures at minus 39 degrees, day and night, the possibility of falling through sea ice as it gets a bit warmer at this time of year, and the Polar Bears.
"Fizzy and another woman on the trip, Julia Stacey, are probably the first women to walk to the Geomagnetic North Pole. However, this will need to be confirmed.
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"I'm so pleased for her, this is a tremendous achievement. This is such a thing to do, I have terrific admiration for the adventure. The thrill at the end of the goal is tremendous.''
The expedition team set off by ski plane on March 30 for their starting point and first day on the ice to then trek more than 350 miles, covering the ice.
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During their trip the six adventurers, Jim McNeill, Fizzy Lillingston, Matt O'Brien, Dave Hughes, Julia Stacey and Mark Wood, even had a visitor at camp from a Japanese man who was circumnavigating the arctic on a skidoo.
Mrs Lillingston, who is in her 40s and lives in the Eye area, is no stranger to challenges. Last year she went out to the Arctic, enduring temperatures of minus 38 degrees and a near miss with a nine-foot polar bear after volunteering to be the medical officer for a record-breaking attempt to the frozen wastelands. She flies back in to London at the beginning of this month.
Anyone who would like to support Mrs Lillingston's effort should make a donation to Cancer Research UK and send it to Church Farmhouse North Pole Expedition, The Common, Mellis, Eye. IP23 8EF. Or telephone Cancer Research on 01284 766311.