Leeds GP to ski to North Pole in freezing charity bid

Dr Phil Heywood in training.
Dr Phil Heywood in training.
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A well-known GP is to ski-trek to the North Pole to raise £30,000 to help some of the poorest children in the world.

Dr Phil Heywood, a 69-year-old retired GP from Leeds, will take the tough challenge over the Arctic ice. He will ski for eight hours a day, pulling all he needs on a sledge and facing temperatures as low as -45 degrees centigrade and the threat of polar bears.

He hopes to raise £30,000 for international development charity Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) which works in some of the world’s poorest areas. Phil previously volunteered for VSO in Cambodia and South Sudan, tackling maternal mortality.

Grandfather Phil was also a professor of primary care at Leeds School of Medicine.

Phil said: “My years volunteering with VSO, sharing my experience with health professionals and communities, were some of the most rewarding of my life; and it was a privilege. Now I’m undertaking the challenge of a lifetime so that VSO can keep sending doctors, nurses, midwives and teachers to share skills in some of the world’s poorest communities.

“After my first training session on Dartmoor, I realise I must do a lot more preparation if I am to reach the North Pole. I hope to add my name to the list of adventurers who have made the ultimate journey to the top of the world. I hope to be the first professor to ski there. I expect it to be hard, but intend to enjoy it.”

Donations can be made by visiting: www.justgiving.com/Phil-Heywood

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