EXPEDITION

THE TEAM

CHARITIES

SPONSORS

SUSTAINABILITY

EXPEDITION

We are training to ski coast-to-coast across Antarctica in November 2023. Together we will cover 1,900 Km, pulling 85 Kg pulks (supply sleds) in temperatures as low as -50 and in wind speeds of over 60 mph in approximately 70 days. That’s around 27 Km every day.

Conquering this route using mind and muscle power alone will be a World Record, as the team would be the first all female emergency services team to achieve this.

Join us on our journey to eradicate gender stereotypes and to increase awareness of the impact of poor mental health.

We are preparing to face one of the harshest environments in the world to give you full insight of who we are as ordinary women – who are capable of doing extraordinary things. As firefighters, we are often portrayed as strong individuals who are resistant to tragedy, and able to cope and to continue at any cost.
This isn’t true.

Mental health affects firefighters. Gender stereotyping affects prospective firefighters. Both can affect us all.

 

We can’t face this alone. Together we can.

The team

We are firefighters from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) and London Fire Brigade (LFB).

As an all-female team of five: Nakita Ross, Alison Kibblewhite, Rebecca Rowe, Nikki Upton and Georgina Gilbert – we’re going on an expedition to empower women and tackle the stigma around mental health.

We will be sharing with you why this expedition matters so much to us all.

charities

To make this incredible expedition happen, we need to raise £500,000 to support us with training, equipment, nutrition, technology and specialist technical support.

Once the funds for the expedition have been reached, we will divide further funds raised between two key charities;

  • The Firefighters Charity
  • The Harlequins Foundation

Your help will enable us to make our vision a reality and assist people in emergency services that are living with trauma and injury.

We appreciate your support and are so thankful for your donation. If the expedition does not go ahead, any funds raised would be split equally between the two charities.

 

We can’t do this without you. Be part of our journey. 

The Fire Fighters Charity provides confidential, personalised support to the entire fire services community. They deliver mental health, physical health and social wellbeing services at their centres, remotely, online and in communities around the UK. Championing the health and wellbeing of all those they support, with the aim to ensure their beneficiaries can live well, for life. The charity supports all fire and rescue service personnel, whatever their role.

The Harlequins Foundation is the embodiment of the Club’s belief to put their communities at the heart of everything they do. As the charitable arm of Harlequins RC, their focus is on inspirational, sustainable and transformative solutions that tackle inequality, poor health and the challenges facing the most vulnerable in society using education, skills development and entrepreneurship. 

Sustainability statement

Vision –

The Antarctic Fire Angels are committed to reducing their impact on the environment.  We strive to improve our environmental performance over time and aim to carry out our activities in a manner that minimises our impact on the environment.  

Mission –

The Antarctic Fire Angels are committed to making their expedition, associated challenges, and initiatives sustainable through common individual and team goals. Our commitment to the environment is as individuals, as a whole team, and the community in which we operate.  

Definition –

The Antarctic Fire Angels define sustainability as the fundamental balance between the social, economic, and environmental aspects of our everyday actions, natural resources, and the needs of current and future generations. We believe that sustainability requires intergenerational empathy – our collective actions today will ensure healthy communities and a healthy planet for future generations.

Scope –

The Antarctic Fire Angels are a team of 5 Five Fire Fighters traversing 1900km across Antarctica, Ronne Ice Shelf to the Ross Ice Shelf in November 2023. This statement is relevant to all our activities relating to the preparation and participation in the expedition. We will describe our team’s vision and mission, our definition of sustainability and core values, how the sustainability strategy identifies areas of focus for the team.

Objectives and targets –
  • Comply with all applicable environmental regulations.
  • Prevent visual and environmental pollution whenever possible.
  • Communicate our environmental commitment and efforts to the people or organisations we meet, as well as our wider community.
  • Continually improve over time by striving to measure our environmental impacts and by setting goals to reduce these impacts each year.

Strategy and implementation –

The team, as well as themselves as individuals aim to minimise their environmental impact by using recognised strategies such as car sharing; using sustainable products; reducing product air miles by procuring from source; using products that are not harmful to the environment; using products that minimise plastic waste as well as other initiatives as and when they become visible or appropriate.

Overarching statement –

Our prescribed sustainability framework will link our mission, our core values and expedition to our carbon neutral ambition.

sponsors & Funding

NATIONAL LOTTERY COMMUNITY FUND

The National Lottery Community Fund gives grants to organisations in the UK to help improve their community. They are proud to award money raised by National Lottery players across the UK.

Helly Hansen

Helly Hansen are proud providers of more than 150 years on innovation, creating gear that is worn and trusted by professionals on oceans, mountains & worksites.

UK FIRE MAGAZINE

Media Partners. UK Fire is a quarterly journal specific to the UK Fire market dedicated to both fire protection and firefighting.

ASIA PACIFIC FIRE

Media Partners. Asia Pacific Fire is the only quarterly journal for the Asia Pacific Fire protection, fire service and emergency management communities.

INTERNATIONAL FIREFIGHTER MAGAZINE

Media Partners. International Firefighter magazine is the leading global publication for municipal and industrial firefighters, and the fire and rescue industry.

THE WESTON BILTONG COMPANY

A UK based, family run award winning producer of Biltong, specilising in a range of exciting flavours created with an ethical conscience.

Use code FIREANGELS to receive 10% off products!

EXPLORER COFFEES

An individual purveyor of coffees and coffee products, Explorer Coffees is a Veteran Owned business with a strong military ethic.

THE GOODWASH COMPANY

The GoodWash Company are a Welsh brand with a humble social conscience. They focus on quality products whilst having the community at the heart of everything they do.

RADIO COMS

Radiocoms Systems Limited is a mature communications company of some 40 years and is now the UK’s leading independent communications supplier specialising in the design, commissioning, deployment, and maintenance of wireless voice, video and data networks.

PAX BAGS

Pax specialise in quality bags and interpret their position as a responsible role model for quality products.

KITTAGS

A military inspired UK based company offering personalised KitTags. Prominent supporters of Emergency Services and Armed Forces.

RUDDY NICE

Ruddy Nice are our website sponsors. They have expertise in Military Training and Simulation, Defence, Exhibitions and Events…

DSET

Supported Charity for #DSET2021. DSET was set up in 2016 to facilitate military to military engagement; and to give military the opportunity to educate industry in a challenge lead approach.

HELLO NATURE

With Hello Nature you can find equipment & accessories that are necessary for your own adventures and outdoor experiences.

ELISABETH SEWS

Elisabeth is a unique designer of handmade keepsake bears created out of fabric that is of significance to her clients.

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