Cambridgeshire surveyor embarks on Arctic dog-sled fund-raising expedition

In February 2013, Kevin Pallant from Chippenham, Cambridgeshire, embarked on a challenging five-day expedition travelling over 200 km, 145 km north of the Arctic Circle, to raise funds for charity.

Kevin, one of our surveyors, swopped the comforts of home to take part in the Arctic Circle Dog Sled trip organised by Charity Challenge. Kevin’s job involves working outside surveying the buildings, roads and features of Great Britain in all weathers. The recent cold snap was good practice for this trip of a lifetime, where temperatures varied from -5oC to -27oC.

Kevin travelled over frozen lakes, through snow covered forests and into the mountains, with the added challenge of driving a team of Huskies. The challenge started near Kiruna, Northern Sweden, and after meeting and getting to know the other participants, the first task was to master how to harness and drive a team of four Huskies without falling off.

The group travelled across the wilds of Northern Sweden, through forests and across frozen lakes. The stunning scenery, vast expanses of snowy landscape and blue sky were a joy to be in, such a change to the drab grey days. Travelling at 15 km an hour with only the sounds of the sled runners, dog’s paws going over the ice and snow and the jangle of the harnesses to fill the ears, was a delightful experience.

Breaking for lunch, feeding the dogs pieces of animal fat came first. The group had to go back to basics, building a camp fire to cook much needed soup and boil water for a well-deserved coffee. A change to grabbing a sandwich on the go!

The trip was an excellent experience – made even better with the knowledge of fundraising for such a worthy cause – and the group even managed to see the Northern Lights on three separate nights.

Kevin’s trip was self-funded, and all donations will go directly to the Brooke Hospital for Animals. Together with his partner, Linda Porter-Cohen, Kevin runs Coach House Riding School.  They have been raising funds for the charity for many years as the organisation educates people on how to look after equines as well as care for the animals.

The Brooke Hospital for Animals (Charity Registration No. 1085760) is an international animal welfare organisation, which is dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules, in the poorest parts of the world. It provides veterinary treatment and community programmes across Africa, Asia and Latin America. For further information visit www.thebrooke.org

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