At the end of November, Conrad Dickinson, Northumberland Wildlife Trust Patron and People's Postcode Lottery Ambassador, took part in the Walking for the Wounded 2013 South Pole Challenge. This involved heading to the South Pole with Prince Harry and a team of wounded former soldiers to raise funds to train those who have been wounded in the Military and increase their job prospects.
Conrad, who lives in Hexham, led the British team, Team Glenfiddich. At the bottom of his rucksack were a Wildlife Trust flag and a People's Postcode Lottery flag. The rest, as they say, is history!
This is the first time a prince has flown a Wildlife Trust flag at the South Pole and the first time a People's Postcode Lottery flag has fluttered down there.
"What a way to start 2014!" said Mike Pratt, Chief Executive of Northumberland Wildlife Trust. "Conrad's photo has caused so much excitement here at the Trust as it is the first time a Wildlife Trust flag has been flown at the South Pole by a prince."
"Who would have thought that two flags would have made it all the way down to the South Pole from the North East?", he continued. "We cannot thank Conrad enough for remembering to fly them both for us after slogging his way through the -33° of the South Pole."
"It is also great that he was able to fly the flag of People's Postcode Lottery in recognition of the £494,940 we have received from players of the charity lottery over the past five years," he said.
The ongoing support of our players has been vital in helping Northumberland Wildlife Trust to achieve its aims. This fantastic organisation educates the public about nature conservation and its importance in all of our lives - for health and mental well-being, climate control and as a provider of food, clean air and water. Conrad's successful trip to the South Pole marks a momentous occassion for the charity.