Open Letter: game over

Dear All,

I never thought I'd have to write this message, but despite three years of total dedication and 'never give up' attitude, the North08/Journey South 2007 team and I have been forced to cancel our plans for the two projects. We planned to break the mould and achieve something different - moving away from the gimmicks and repetitive nature of the commercial polar travel of recent years. Ironically, it seems to have been this desire to do something different and push boundaries that created barriers that have caused us to literally run out of time. We came heart-breakingly close on more than one occasion to securing the funding necessary but were sadly let down.

Over the past three years, the team has achieved a great number of things, including:

- Raising in excess of £10,000 for cancer charities

- Creating a platform for male cancer awareness and further raising profile for Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres

- Appearing live on national BBC, ITV, C4 and Sky television

- Achieved first ascents of five peaks in Eastern Greenland

- Writing in excess of 1,100 personally written sponsorship proposals

I plan to keep our website live for the foreseeable future in order to continue broadcasting our thanks to the hundreds of people who believed in us from the very beginning and whose support never wavered. They are:
Our family and friends

Admiral Sir Nigel Essenhigh - our Patron

Frank, Charlie and team from Eye Film and Television, and Sue from our terrestrial broadcaster

Steve Bull for never-ending support

DOXA watches

Gail and Dan from 131 Design for their enthusiasm and 'can-do' attitude

Tina Fotherby and team from Yes Consultancy for their belief in us from the very start

Kirsten Eriksen from the Danish Polar Centre

The Staff of the Danish Embassy, London

Tom and Tina Sjogren of ExplorersWeb

Peter Lyberth from Air Greenland Charters

Simon Harris Ward and Chip Cunliffe of the Vanco Arctic Survey

Craig Mathieson for the loan of equipment

TISO for equipment sponsorship

Kees and Brian from BeWell Nutritional Products

Captain Sean Chapple, Royal Marines

Trevor Green who designed our website

Dr. Mike Stroud and Sir Ran Fiennes

Shane and Nigel Winser of the Royal Geographical Society

Robert Callander

Lisa Parker of Hiscox Insurance

Matt and Jon from Greenland Expedition Specialists

Victor Boyarsky

Patrick Woodhead and Victor Serov of White Desert

Admiral Band, First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy

Brian Taylor of Taylors Cuisine

Mike, Dan and the staff of UCL's CASE

Bear Grylls

Pen Hadow

Clark Carter

Lewis McNaught

Alex Gough of the British Antarctic Survey

Charlie Newington-Bridges

The Oxford Print Centre

Stephen Ross from the Foreign Office

Our fantastic Mile Sponsors

Sincere thanks to you all. The team will certainly have exciting plans for the upcoming year - check back soon! On a personal note, I plan to join the Royal Marines Officer Batch in September 2008 but vow to return to the polar regions - there is unfinished business!


Alex Hibbert

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