Ben Saunders Polar Challenge

29 November 2017


Polar Challenge Begins

Ben Saunders, the world-renowned polar explorer, held his last public engagement at Stowe on Friday 20 October before beginning his attempt to cross the Antarctic land-mass solo. Ben presented to the whole School in Chapel and spoke to the Stoics about his explorations to date and the challenges he will face as he attempts to complete this expedition.

Ben, who holds several polar endurance records, explained to the Stoics that he is tackling this challenge in honour of his friend, and Old Stoic, Henry Worsley (Grafton 78). Henry died in January 2016, whilst attempting to complete this journey. Ben was able to give the Stowe community a glimpse into the world of a polar explorer. The BBC was filming Ben during his visit to Stowe and we were delighted that reporter Tim Muffett was able to feature some of our pupils in his report.

Following the presentation to the whole School, Ben joined with some of our parents for dinner which was followed by another presentation about his upcoming exciting adventure. At the beginning of November, Ben set off on his expedition and many of the Stowe community have been following his updates on his website where Ben is posting blogs as he progresses across this beautiful but brutal landscape.

Ben is proud to be supporting The Endeavour Fund, part of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The Endeavour Fund supports wounded, injured and sick veterans through providing opportunities in sport and adventurous challenge. Ben is dedicated to continuing the legacy of Henry Worsley, who raised more than £500,000 for the Endeavour Fund.

If you would like to help Ben support The Endeavour Fund, you can donate here. You can read more about The Endeavour Fund here