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Brave student embarks on incredible world record for charity

April 2, 2015

A student and former soldier is planning the challenge of a lifetime as he plans a world record attempt of being the first amputee to complete the unsupported crossing of the Greenland ice cap.

Peter Bowker, 27, from Chester is leading the 65 Degrees North project, a six person team undertaking a 30 day 600 kilometre trek to raise money for Help the Heroes charity.

Peter and the team will face a number of challenges along the way including temperatures of -37˚C, coming face-to-face with resident polar bears and deep crevasses. The team will travel on skis and pull pulks containing food, clothing and survival equipment.

Peter, who is studying a City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry as well as counselling at the College, said: “Help the Heroes is a charity very close to my heart. I left the army in 2012 so I understand the amazing work that it does.

“I wanted to do something different to raise money for the charity. This is a fantastic challenge that will be incredibly tough but an amazing achievement.

“The project has had the Royal seal of approval as the Endeavour Fund, a Royal Foundation set up by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have supported the expedition and celebrity Ross Kemp has also backed it.”

Caroline Noakes, Careers Advisor at West Cheshire College, said: “Peter has set himself an extremely challenging task as he wants to raise as much money as possible for Help the Heroes.

“He is such an inspirational person and dedicates so much time to helping others. We are very proud to have Peter as a student at West Cheshire College.”

Nigel Davies, Principal and Chief Executive at West Cheshire College added: “The challenge that Peter has set himself is absolutely incredible.

“Peter is a very brave, ambitious and inspiring person and we are delighted to have him as a student at the College.”

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