North Pole Challenge

Hospice supporter, Paul Mansell, has returned from a successful expedition to the North Pole. His aim was to raise £7,500 for St Wilfrid’s DREAMBUILDING appeal and Cancer Research.

Paul, who comes from Southbourne, took on the role of deputy-leader for the team helping two-time cancer survivor, Sean Swarner, achieve his goal.

Sean, who only has one lung, is attempting to become the first cancer survivor in history to complete the ‘Explorer's Grand Slam’, which involves reaching the summit of the tallest mountains in each of the seven continents, as well as the North & South Pole!  

On 1st April the team landed on the Arctic ice to begin their expedition. For inspiration, Sean had a flag with him, made up of around 2,000 names of people affected by cancer. The team skied through the arctic in temperatures on an average 20 degrees lower than at the same time last year.

On day three, their doctor, Camilla, had to be airlifted out due to frostbite. Across the other four teams in the polar region at that time; there were a further six casualty evacuations and a team just 4km behind Paul’s was even attacked by a Polar Bear!

They made fast progress due to the good condition of the ice and reached the North Pole on 10th April - 4 days earlier than expected - helping Sean to complete his challenge and make history!

The journey was truly awe inspiring and a huge test of both endurance and mental strength.
We came home safely on the 15th April and would like to say thank you to all our supporters for their encouragement and generosity towards the success of the Expedition to the North Pole. 

Paul Mansell

Paul’s total currently sits at £11,010 and he intends to donate £10,000 of this to DREAMBUILDING – St Wilfrid’s New Hospice Appeal.

Huge congratulations and thanks to Paul, Sean and the team.


Click below to watch the team in action...