‘Phenomenal challenge!’ Lorraine Kelly praises female fire-fighters skiing Antarctica solo
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62-year-old Lorraine Kelly created a special Instagram Live session in aid of their bravery this evening. The six, titled The Antarctic Fire Angels, are making the awe-inspiring journey alone to “show what women are capable of”.
Credit to every single one of you for saying ‘We’re not going to let anything get in our way, not even a global pandemic.’
Talking of their plans, they revealed their intention to Nordic ski the entire 1900km journey while pulling all their food, clothes and vital supplies along on sleds.
It might seem a gruelling task and indeed one of the team admitted to Lorraine she’d “already fallen over roughly a thousand times – it’s not an easy sport at all!”
However, coronavirus restrictions and travel bans had threatened to blight the epic journey they’d planned.
“Battling through the pandemic, we’ve had to really fight for this, for our training, our fitness, to get recognition on social media,” the team exclaimed.
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Lorraine chimed in encouragingly to urge the fire-fighters that the time was now.
“If you [say it’s not the right time], it’s never the right time,” she reasoned.
“Credit to every single one of you for saying ‘This is the plan, we’re going to stick to it. We’re not going to let anything get in our way, not even a global pandemic.'”
The team had also been keeping their ultimate goal in mind – to inspire and empower.
“We want to talk about how it’s okay not to be okay,” one of the team explained.
“We also want to show what women are capable of… it’s about getting women to realise that about themselves as well.”
“We’ve got a real passion about showing what women are capable of, that’s our driving force.
“We have so much fire for this that we can’t stop talking about it.”
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Fire will certainly be required on a trek as icy and bitterly cold as this one.
While Lorraine confessed she had never slummed it to the same extent and that her most uncomfortable experience might have been camping in a “comfy wee tent”, the team intend to consume around 6,000 calories per day while potentially burning up to 10,000.
“You don’t want to get too thin, you need your strength,” a concerned Lorraine urged.
Adding to the list of challenges, one of the team chimed in: “We’ll have to melt our own snow to get water.
“Everything has to be spot on as those little details will cost you time and potentially getting hypothermic.”
Praising them for “breaking down stigma” and raising awareness for what was once a taboo topic, Lorraine confided: “When I started out [in my career] years ago, you never mentioned mental health.
“You just shut up and got on with it [and] so many people were, sadly, in a terrible state.”
She congratulated: “You are doing an incredible thing – the fact that you’re doing this phenomenal challenge.”
On the group’s Twitter account, they summarise their mission as: “6 female Firefighters crossing Antarctica(1900km)to raise awareness of mental health & empower girls, women & future generation” and they can be found at antarcticfireangels.co.uk
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