The Turner Twins - Question Greenland

London, United Kingdom

The Turner Twins aim to trek across the huge polar ice cap of Greenland, an awesome landscape of high peaks, gigantic glaciers, crevasses, frozen lakes and endless square miles of icy plains. Read project description


Funds
2% £5,802 / £305,000
Volunteers
4% 1/30
Promoters
28% 7/25
Likes
3% 45/2,000

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The Challenge...

 

  • Cross and conquer the extremes of Greenland’s frozen ice cap, crossing perilous crevasses, the Nagtivit glacier and 340 miles of frozen dangerous terrain.
     
  • Celebrate Shackleton’s famous 1914 ‘Endurance’ expedition by wearing 100-year-old replica equipment to find out how hard it was to be an explorer all those years ago.
     
  • Raise £305,000 for Spinal Research, as the charity finds itself on the cusp of significant scientific breakthroughs in reversing paralysis.
     
  • Help advance scientific knowledge with King’s College, London’s Dept. of Twins’ Research
     

The Question Greenland Expedition...

The Turner Twins aim to trek across the huge polar ice cap of Greenland, an awesome landscape of high peaks, gigantic glaciers, crevasses, frozen lakes and endless square miles of icy plains - to help raise £305,000 for Spinal Research. It is the world’s largest national park and one of the loneliest and most inhospitable places on earth, blasted by cruel polar winds where temperatures dip to -40c. It is home, however, to polar bears, reindeer, the Arctic fox and wolves. Seals and whales also live along the coast.
 

Shackleton...

The Turner Twins have been fascinated by the polar exploits of Sir Ernest Shackleton ever since they were boys. Since their Greenland trek takes place during the centenary celebrations of Shackleton’s famous ‘Endurance’ expedition in the Antarctic Polar Regions, the twins are keen to conduct an experiment to find out just how difficult it was to be an explorer 100 years ago.
 

The Kit...

Pulling sleds across this inhospitable terrain, the twins will compete as each wears different kit and uses different gear. One will use modern equipment, while the other will use the same kit as Shackleton did 100 years ago in 1914 during the famous ‘Endurance’ expedition.

Hugo’s Story...

Hugo broke his neck, aged just 17, in a diving accident on a Cornwall beach. After agonising pain for many weeks he underwent neck reconstruction surgery and narrowly escaped a lifetime of paralysis. It was like being given a second chance and both Hugo and Ross want to make the most of it.

 “It literally was a lucky break. I was just millimetres away from being paralysed,” said Hugo.

 

Neither of the twins have forgotten Hugo’s close call with paralysis and how 50,000 others in the UK and Ireland are not so lucky. They are determined to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for vital spinal cord injury research. £305,000 is The Turner Twins goal.


 

The Atlantic 4 - Rowing An Ocean...

In 2011/12 the Turner Twins raised £289,000 for Spinal Research by coming third in the famous Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge in 41 days, breaking two world records in the process – for being the youngest 4-man crew to achieve such a feat and for being the first twins to row across any ocean anywhere in the world. The thrill of adventure and exploration, battling gigantic waves and frightening seas more than made up for the fearsome nights, blistered hands and sheer exhaustion they suffered.
 

Spinal Research...

Vowed to fight to fund the best researchers wherever they lived in the world until breakthroughs were achieved. Now there is every indication – if enough money can be found to forward research – that the ‘unthinkable’ has at last become possible. After amazing findings in various laboratories new treatments have been identified that Spinal Research desperately want to bring to clinical trial as soon as possible. There are many hurdles to overcome but if we can raise enough money it will bring hope to people with spinal cord injury.

For more information please visit: http://www.spinal-research.org/

King’s College Research...

Hugo and Ross have signed up with King’s College, London and the Department of Twins Research to help advance scientific and medical understanding of our genetic and physical make-up. Before, during and after their polar expedition, the twins will be hooked up to scientific equipment designed to measure everything from their gut flora and stool specimens to the state of their vital organs and blood. “We will have a unique insight into how the environment is affecting the twins’ health in real time,” said a spokesperson for King’s College. King’s College says that using specifically twins’ DNA profile and the clinical and questionnaire data similarities and differences between identical (MZ) and non-identical (DZ) twin pairs can be compared to estimate the importance of genetic and environmental influences in a wide range of common conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, and asthma.
 

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities...

Sponsoring the Turner Twins’ Greenland expedition will provide you and your company with a high profile dynamic association with an awe-inspiring and intrepid pair of explorers. Let some of the sparkle rub off on your brand when the twins demonstrate true British grit and conquer one of the most inhospitable and challenging terrains in the world. Whichever way you look at it the charismatic Turner Twins are big news in 2014 and there are multiple ways that your company can get behind this inspiring project.

The top 5 sponsors will have their logo appear on the project page, whilst every sponsor will have a unique project update written about them that will be sent to anyone and everyone who has followed the project. This creates a whole new level of exposure for your brand, as it allows you to immerse yourself and interact with a highly engaged project audience.
 

Sponsor Rewards:

We have a wide variety of rewards and packages available to sponsors who want to get behind this project. These range from conducting an interview with the twins while they’re on the trek, to having them talk at an event of your choice. All these great rewards can be viewed and purchased in the ‘Sponsor Rewards’ bar to the right of this page.
 

In-Kind Sponsorship:

Going beyond traditional financial sponsorship, the twins are also looking for organizations to help them with in-kind donations of products. Supporting them in this way allows them to cut back on their costs, meaning that Spinal Research will receive even more vitally needed funds!

Clothing:

  • Base layers - top & bottom
  • Mid layer top
  • Light fleece jacket
  • Windproof jacket & trousers
  • Insulated jacket
  • Insulated Gilet/ vest
  • Exped Mitts
  • Waterproof/ breathable gloves
  • Liner gloves
  • Work gloves
  • Balaclava
  • Face mask
  • Windproof Hat
  • Neck Gaiters
  • Liner socks
  • Vapour Barrier Socks
  • Expedition socks

Equipment:

  • Tent
  • Foam mat
  • Bivi Bag
  • Sleeping bag 
  • VBL
  • Various 25-35l dry bags
  • Repair kit
  • Touring Skis
  • Ski Skins
  • Boots
  • Ski Poles
  • Sledge 
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • Stoves
  • Cravasse rescue kit
  • Climbing harness
  • Crampons

Communications:

  • GPS
  • Satellite phones
  • PLB
  • VHF

Additional Items:

  • Quadcopter
  • Cameras
  • Pans
  • Watches
  • Pack towel
  • Head torch
  • Music player
  • First Aid
  • Flasks x 2
  • Insulated water bottle
  • Rucksack
  • Compass
  • Rifle​

Other ways to get your company involved:

We’re always open to new ideas from companies as to how they can help out, so if you can see yourself getting involved in any way that isn’t listed above then please do let us know.

All sponsorship questions can be sent to: sponsors@kriticalmass.com

For further information on the entire project please visit: www.theturnertwins.co.uk

PROJECT UPDATES:

Update #6: 16/05/14 08:14 AM

After an agonising number of debates, we have had to sadly call the expedition off, as a result of safety warnings and the added danger due to Hugo’s injury. We are heartbroken that we couldn’t carry on for Bel and Spinal Research. Thank you for all your support so far and we still want to help Spinal Research to end paralysis, all the way.

Update #5: 29/04/14 11:55 AM

Tragedy can strike in a heartbeat…and one little girl, Annabel Young (or Bel as she is known to friends and family) sadly wasn’t as lucky as Hugo. A slip while playing on a sunny afternoon on a neighbour’s climbing frame devastated her life forever. Her childhood was shattered. Her family was distraught. Bel was just eight years old when her accident happened. Like all children there was nothing she liked better than running round and playing with her friends. Now, all she can do is look on from the sidelines in her wheelchair. 

“No child or parent should have to go through something as tragic as this. To see your child lifeless on the floor having mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, being stretchered into the ambulance with tubes everywhere, flashing blue lights and the piercing sirens, is a memory no mother should have to live with. To have a child with a spinal cord injury is not only frightening but a life-changing event,” Vanessa, Bel’s mum

Bel spent 10 months in intensive care. Three and half years on, Bel remains paralysed from the neck down. Bel is completely reliant on her Mum Vanessa, Dad Simon and her carers, and is dependent on a ventilator to breathe at night. Bel faces a lifetime of care unless there is a new treatment to reverse her paralysis. That is why all our scientists are working around the clock.

Spinal cord repair research is Bel’s only hope, along with the 50,000 other people like her currently living with spinal cord paralysis in the UK and Ireland – and millions more around the globe.


You can help Bel and others who have suffered a spinal cord injury by sponsoring the Turner Twins below. Thank you.

Update #4: 11/04/14 09:19 AM

We are delighted to announce that Crockett & Jones is sponsoring us with tremendous replica boots that Shackleton used 100 years ago! We couldn’t be more thrilled: there is, in fact, a distinct possibility that the notable British shoemakers manufactured the boots worn by Sir Shackleton during the epic – 1914 ‘Endurance’ expedition. Having Crockett & Jones making our boots too makes us feel even closer to the great explorer who’s inspired our ambition!

Update #3: 04/04/14 10:23 AM

It was great to be invited to go on The One Show last night with Alan Carr and the team! We had a lot of fun and Alan ended up picking Ross to wear the old kit! You can see the full show on the iPlayer here (we're towards the end): http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03zcvm2/The_One_Show_03_04_2014/

Update #2: 21/03/14 11:30 AM

We are very excited to announce that Rab is providing us with essential performance clothing and sleeping bags.  We couldn’t have asked for a better sponsor.  Rab is one of the few global manufacturers of technical outdoor clothing and equipment that is designed to weather the most extreme and hostile conditions in the world - much like those we'll be facing when we trek 340 miles across Greenland!

Update #1: 19/03/14 12:00 PM

Great news, we have our first corporate sponsor on board! We want to say a massive thanks to MailASail for kindly giving us two top of the range Iridium 9575 Extreme Portable Satellite Phones!

These are the only rugged satelitte phones with inbuilt GPS tracking, meaning that not only will friends and family be able to call us on the trek, but everyone will also be able to see exactly how far we've got in real time! Furthermore, the devices allow us to conduct phone interviews and 60 second audio recordings for people back home to listen to!

Check them out: www.mailasail.com

In 2011/12 the Turner Twins raised £300,000 for Spinal Research by coming third in the famous challenging Trans-Atlantic Woodvale Rowing Race in just under 42 days, breaking two world records in the process. The thrill of adventure and exploration – battling gigantic waves and frightening seas … and surviving – more than made up for the fearsome nights, blistered hands and sheer exhaustion they suffered. They are now hooked and want to take on Greenland in 100 year old kit!

  • Ross Turner

PROJECT COMMENTS:

'Thank You' Email

  • Cost :
  • £5
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • Unlimited

To show their huge appreciation for your support, the twins will send you a 'thank you' email.

Virtual Ice Wall

  • Cost :
  • £10
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • Unlimited

As a massive thank you for getting behind The Twins, we'll place your name on a crystal on our virtual ice wall!

A N'ice' Quiz

  • Cost :
  • £15
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • 199

The Twins are looking to question Greenland and this is your chance to Question Greenland too! We'll provide you with a selection of questions that you can quiz one another on at home, or even use at the pub for your own fundraiser!

One Hours Research

  • Cost :
  • £25
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • Unlimited

This is your chance to really make a difference. Your £25 donations pays for one hours research into spinal cord injury! Thank you!

Google Hangout

  • Cost :
  • £50
  • Delivery:
  • 16/07/2014
  • Available:
  • 9

This is a great opportunity to join The Twins in a Google Hangout session. During this time you'll hear directly about their expedition and have the chance to ask them questions!

Chill Out With The Twins

  • Cost :
  • £75
  • Delivery:
  • 26/07/2014
  • Available:
  • 49

"Chill out" with The Twins and chat to them about their adventure once they're back. This is your chance to hear first hand about all their incredible tales.

Pay for Equipment

  • Cost :
  • £100
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • Unlimited

A £100 donation enables us to pay for a student’s materials and equipment for a week on our Spinal Research studentships. Please help us develop our research team. Thanks!

Spinal Research Student

  • Cost :
  • £400
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • Unlimited

Please help us continue to build our summer school attendance. £400 pays for a talented young spinal research student to attend a school for one week.

Call from The Ice Cap

  • Cost :
  • £500
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • 5

This is an incredible opportunity to talk to The Twins for 5 minutes while they on their trek across Greenland. We'll hook you up via satellite phone and you'll be able to check up on their progress!

Framed Photo and Thank You

  • Cost :
  • £500
  • Delivery:
  • 30/07/2014
  • Available:
  • 15

To show their appreciation for your support, The Twins will send you a special framed photo and thank you letter. This can take pride of place in your office!

Fund a Week of Research

  • Cost :
  • £1,000
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • 9

Claiming this reward really will make a world of difference, as it pays for one week's intensive work with chondroitinase, an enzyme full of promise in the fight against paralysis.

Ice Cap Interview

  • Cost :
  • £2,000
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • 5

This is your chance to conduct a 5 minute interview The Twins for your magazine/website while they're on their trek. We'll hook you up via satellite phone to ensure you generate some interesting and engaging content!

Treatment Development

  • Cost :
  • £2,500
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • Unlimited

An incredibly kind donation of £2,500 enables us to pay for one week’s pre-clinical development of a potential treatment. You really will be helping us make a substantial step towards curing paralysis.

Talk from The Twins

  • Cost :
  • £5,000
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • 5

Why not get everyone in your company to chip in to have The Twins talk at an event of your choice. Hear their tales first hand in a motivational talk that will energise your company!

'Thank You' in the Snow

  • Cost :
  • £5,000
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • 3

The Twins will engrave a personalised 'Thank You' to your brand in the snow and then fly their quadcopter up into the air to take of photo of themselves with the message! You won't get a better Facebook cover photo than that!

Discovery Package

  • Cost :
  • £5,000
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • 5

- 2 x fundraising dinner tickets
- Logo placement in PR
- Framed photo and thank you

For more information please contact: sponsors@kriticalmass.com

Endeavour package

  • Cost :
  • £10,000
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • 4

Endeavour gives you all the benefits of the Discovery Package, plus the chance to conduct an interview with The Twins for your magazine/website.

For more information please contact: sponsors@kriticalmass.com

Dinner with The Twins

  • Cost :
  • £15,000
  • Delivery:
  • 02/08/2014
  • Available:
  • 8

As a huge thanks for this incredible contribution to Spinal Research, the twins would love to thank you personally over dinner. This is a great chance to hear first hand from Hugo and Ross about their amazing challenge.

Inspiration Package

  • Cost :
  • £15,000
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • 3

The Inspiration Package gives you all the benefits of the Endeavour Package, plus:

- Prominent logo placement in PR
- A commemorative log from the trek
- Souvenir polar kit
- A personal video message from The Twins
- Logo placement on The Twins' kit
- Special plaque/disc

For more information please contact: sponsors@kriticalmass.com

Imperial Platinum

  • Cost :
  • £100,000
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • 1

Imperial Platinum gives you all the benefits of the Inspiration Package, plus:

- Prominent logo placement on The Twins' kit
- Logo on finishing line
- Naming/main branding of the two sleds
- Logo on the flags that trail from the sleds (exclusive)

For more information please contact: sponsors@kriticalmass.com

Framed Photo and Thank You

  • Cost :
  • £500
  • Delivery:
  • 30/07/2014
  • Available:
  • 15

To show their appreciation for your support, The Twins will send you a special framed photo and thank you letter. This can take pride of place in your office!

Ice Cap Interview

  • Cost :
  • £2000
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • 5

This is your chance to conduct a 5 minute interview The Twins for your magazine/website while they're on their trek. We'll hook you up via satellite phone to ensure you generate some interesting and engaging content!

Talk from The Twins

  • Cost :
  • £5000
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • 5

Why not get everyone in your company to chip in to have The Twins talk at an event of your choice. Hear their tales first hand in a motivational talk that will energise your company!

'Thank You' in the Snow

  • Cost :
  • £5000
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • 3

The Twins will engrave a personalised 'Thank You' to your brand in the snow and then fly their quadcopter up into the air to take of photo of themselves with the message! You won't get a better Facebook cover photo than that!

Discovery Package

  • Cost :
  • £5000
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • 5

- 2 x fundraising dinner tickets
- Logo placement in PR
- Framed photo and thank you

For more information please contact: sponsors@kriticalmass.com

Endeavour package

  • Cost :
  • £10000
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • 4

Endeavour gives you all the benefits of the Discovery Package, plus the chance to conduct an interview with The Twins for your magazine/website.

For more information please contact: sponsors@kriticalmass.com

Inspiration Package

  • Cost :
  • £15000
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • 3

The Inspiration Package gives you all the benefits of the Endeavour Package, plus:

- Prominent logo placement in PR
- A commemorative log from the trek
- Souvenir polar kit
- A personal video message from The Twins
- Logo placement on The Twins' kit
- Special plaque/disc

For more information please contact: sponsors@kriticalmass.com

Imperial Platinum

  • Cost :
  • £100000
  • Delivery:
  • 01/07/2014
  • Available:
  • 1

Imperial Platinum gives you all the benefits of the Inspiration Package, plus:

- Prominent logo placement on The Twins' kit
- Logo on finishing line
- Naming/main branding of the two sleds
- Logo on the flags that trail from the sleds (exclusive)

For more information please contact: sponsors@kriticalmass.com

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