Anna in training for her Arctic challenge

Anna Heslop and her RNLI colleagues get to meet a husky. Picture by Michael Scott/RNLI.
Anna Heslop and her RNLI colleagues get to meet a husky. Picture by Michael Scott/RNLI.

A lifeboat crewmember is preparing for the adventure of a lifetime.

Anna Heslop will drive a team of huskies 250km across the frozen wilderness of the Arctic next April to raise money for Cullercoats RNLI.

Sledging from Tromso in Norway she will cross the Swedish border to Jukkasjarvi.

Over six days Anna will be responsible for her own team of Huskies, facing some demanding sledging through mountains and hills where she will regularly need to dismount and push the sled when the gradient becomes too steep for the huskies to pull alone while temperatures drop to -20C.

Anna, who will face 14 hour long days on the sled, has begun her training to boost her fitness levels and strength.

A typical day for Anna will be long– at least 14 hours. It will start with preparing the dogs (feeding, harnessing and clearing up after them) and her sled, and end setting up camp and feeding the dogs for the evening.

Sponsor Anna at www.justgiving.com/Anna-Heslop-Cullercoats

Anna said: “I have been a volunteer crewmember for a year now.

“I see what great work the lifeboat and crew do and the RNLI rely purely on public donations. I am able to not only challenge myself but raise funds at the same time for a great cause which is no bad thing.”