Richmond woman heads to Arctic Circle for 270km charity husky trek

A Richmond woman is on her way to the Arctic Circle to take part in a 270km husky trek to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Jenny Reid-Young will set off tomorrow on the eight-day adventure.

She has already achieved her original target of raising £4,000 but is now aiming for £5,000.

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Jenny, global client management director at the ProPharma Group, based near Richmond, lost her mum to early onset Alzheimer’s when she was 18.

Jenny said: “She was 58 and had battled with the disease for ten years.

“To this day I find it incredibly difficult to talk about but I always thought that one day I would really like to help people going through similar experiences.

“I’m still not ready to do this as I would find it too difficult to re-live the memories, so I thought I would challenge myself to make memories and support the incredible work the Alzheimer’s Society do for those affected by the disease and those around them.”

Jenny Reid-Young with husband Dan.

Jenny will be driving a sled of dogs 270kms from northern Norway, through Sweden to Jukkasjarvi.

Temperatures will be routinely around -26 degrees, there will be no cleaning facilities, no toilets – just Jenny, a sled, dogs and a tent.

She added: “I have been truly touched by the support and generosity of family, friends, colleagues, strangers and businesses.

“I have exceeded my original target of £4,000 and am now pushing hard to reach £5,000.

“If you can spare anything towards this worthy charity, I would be forever grateful.”

To sponsor Jenny click here.