The speaker for the 2018 Len Pick Memorial Evening held on the 31st January was renowned Polar Explorer and Environmentalist, Pen Hadow, who enthralled a capacity audience as he described his experiences during his solo unaided walk to the North Pole in 2003.
Pen is a dedicated environmentalist and last year joined a team to record just how much the polar ice cap is receding. He explained the nature of some of the threats that the area is facing consequent upon this reduction, such as the opening of trans polar shipping routes thus enabling large ships to travel through International Waters previously denied to them. There are also the added threats of future mineral and hydro carbon extraction coupled with commercial fishing interests seeking new fishing grounds.
Chair of the Len Pen Pick Trust, Kay Henderson, said following the event, “Once again, the evening was a resounding success. It was extremely interesting to hear, not only of Pen’s adventures, but also of his concerns for the future of this frigid wilderness and the knock-on effect on the global eco-system.”
The event is organised annually by the Len Pick Trust to commemorate the late Mr Len Pick who, in his Will, left the residue of his estate to the Trust which bears his name, and how it carries out his wishes by providing grant aid and support for community projects that benefit the people of Bourne. This year the event also showcased the work of LIVES First Responders in the town with volunteers on hand to demonstrate the valuable work that they undertake in the town.
Pictured below is Pen Hadow with Trust Chair Kay Henderson and Trustee Ranna Patel