VLV Trustee Patrick McIntosh is on his way to the South Pole
Updated 8 January 2015
Follow his journey here and find out how to support him.
58 year old VLV Trustee Patrick McIntosh, from Smallfield in Surrey, is to celebrate overcoming bowel cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer all in the space of two years by skiing to the South Pole.
His company, KMG Chartered Financial Planners, also based in Smallfield, is setting up a charitable foundation named the KMG Foundation, to raise money for three charities close to his heart; Bowel Cancer UK, Prostate Cancer UK and the Voice of the Listener & Viewer. More than anything, though, he wishes to encourage people to appreciate the danger of delaying seeing a doctor as well as to recognise the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, the UK’s 2nd biggest early death killer.
The VLV is important to this campaign because they fight for quality and excellence in UK broadcasting, a service which most of us take for granted. For Patrick, the link is that public service broadcasting can provide the platform for informed, impartial debate on the issues of the day, including public health.
The trek will take place in January 2015 and Patrick’s training is already well underway, including running around 26 miles a week, swimming most days and walking weighed down with a jacket full of sand and a rucksack full of bricks.
It will be a semi-solo expedition, with only one other man (renowned arctic guide Conrad Dickinson, who recently walked to the South Pole with Prince Harry and Walking with the Wounded). The two men will be walking 222 km over 15 days or more in temperatures as low as -35°C, and at an apparent altitude of 4000m. They will be unsupported, so carrying and dragging 50 kg of kit and provisions.
See details of how to support Patrick's trek for VLV here