Bibby HydroMap's Kate Retallick skiing across Greenland in support of Dementia UK

Posted 7 May 2019

Skiing across Greenland to help raise funds for Dementia UK

Kate will be skiing across Greenland from Kangerlussuaq (west coast) to Isotoq (east coast) next month. It is a demanding expedition will see a small team of 5 pulling everything they need in pulks (sleds) across the frozen Arctic landscape, a distance of over 350 miles in 28 days.

The team will be living on the ice in tents with a simple routine: eat, sleep, ski, repeat. Sounds easy right?  Not quite... they will have to contend with temperatures of around -30°C, huge dangerous crevasses, a glacier ice fall, skiing on sea ice and the possibility that a polar bear might fancy a snack in the middle of the night!

Having had relatives suffer with dementia, Kate has chosen to support the charity to help those living with the condition and their families by raising awareness of the work undertaken by Dementia UK. Dementia UK provide Admiral Nurses who work alongside families providing one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions. They aim to provide those living with dementia to live more positively in the present and face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear.

This expedition is being personally funded by Kate and all the money raised will go directly to Dementia UK.

If you would like to join Kate in raising money for this worthwhile cause, please feel free to sponsor her at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KateRetallick 

You can track Kate's expedition progress via the following link:https://eur-share.inreach.garmin.com/KateRetallick 

 

"This expedition is going to be the adventure of a lifetime and a huge challenge that has demanded a punishing training schedule.  Having had relatives die with dementia, I am proud to be taking this opportunity to support those living with the condition and their families by raising awareness of the work undertaken by Dementia UK."

About Dementia UK

Dementia affects people in different ways, depending on the type of dementia. The impact can be physical, emotional and psychological, and can also profoundly change the practicalities of everyday life.

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders, that is, conditions affecting the brain. There are many different types of dementia, of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common. Some people may have a combination of types of dementia.

Dementia UK know that living with dementia can be a hard and lonely experience. Our specialist Admiral Nurses work alongside you, offering one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions.