Suffolk man in Shackleton's footsteps

A SUFFOLK descendant of one of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's team is hoping to achieve the goal that eluded the adventurer 100 years earlier.A century after Shackleton abandoned his attempt on the South Pole, Henry Adams, 33, from Snape, and five other descendants of the explorer and his team are hoping to achieve what he could not.

A SUFFOLK descendant of one of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's team is hoping to achieve the goal that eluded the adventurer 100 years earlier.

A century after Shackleton abandoned his attempt on the South Pole, Henry Adams, 33, from Snape, and five other descendants of the explorer and his team are hoping to achieve what he could not.

The team will set out on October 29 next year, exactly 100 years after the original expedition and three members, including Mr Adams, will tackle the same full 900-mile, 80-day route as Shackleton's crew.

Shackleton had hoped to reach the South Pole but failed, however he still had travelled further south than anyone before him.


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Mr Adams, who is married and has a nine-month-old daughter, said he was inspired as a young boy by pictures of his great-grandfather Jameson Boyd-Adams, Shackleton's number two.

He said: “It was such a massive expedition at the time and the publicity was enormous and so I grew up with tales about my great-grandfather who was a tremendous character and so it just fired up my imagination.”

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Shipping lawyer Mr Adams has been training for the expedition for the past two years which has taken him all over the world.

The descendants of Shackleton and his team looking to follow in their footsteps have set up a charity called The Shackleton Foundation to give money to projects and schemes which have ideas which sum up Shackleton, which includes being bold, innovative and useful.

WEBLINK - www.shackletoncentenary.org

To make a donation, see www.justgiving.com/shackletonfoundation

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