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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on the entire project please visit: www.theturnertwins.co.uk
Update #6: 16/05/14 08:14 AM
Update #5: 29/04/14 11:55 AM
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
Update #1: 19/03/14 12:00 PM
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!
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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!Contact Project Creator