Harrogate lady's Arctic trek for Saint Michael's Hospice

Wendy Lill.
Wendy Lill.

A determined Harrogate lady has taken her fundraising for Saint Michael’s Hospice to a new level - by trekking across the Arctic in her biggest challenge to date.

In the ultimate test of endurance, Wendy Lill has covered 50 miles a day over one extreme action-packed week, pulled by a team of huskies.

Wendy has raised £14,560 for the charity through a whole series of impressive fundraisers, but the Arctic trek will always be especially memorable.

Wendy said: “One day the conditions were so extreme that we had to stay in our tents, which meant we had to cover double the distance. With blizzards, snow storms and winds of 80 mph, I sometimes felt like I couldn’t carry on.

“But failure was not an option, because so many people had sponsored and supported me and I couldn’t let them down.

“I can’t stand the cold, so this was really challenging for me. When I told my friends I was doing this they couldn’t believe it. Everyone there taking part was also raising money for good causes, and I got on really well with them. It was quite the experience.

“I really pushed myself beyond my limits and it’s something I’ll always remember. I managed to see the Northern Lights while I was there as well. This was just completely different to anything that I have ever done before.

“The landscape and scenery there was beautiful, but I was glad to be home where it’s warmer.”

Chief Executive of Saint Michael’s, Tony Collins, said: “Wendy’s fundraising efforts, which total more than £14,000 to date, are a remarkable example of what can be achieved when someone sets themselves a personal challenge and supports their local hospice care charity.”

Wendy’s other fundraisers for Saint Michael’s include placing a three metre tall teddy bear made from hay bales in an Arkendale field, raising thousands by asking people to suggest a name and make a donation.

To add to Wendy’s fundraising total, visit her JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wendylill