Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes to return to UK after Arctic charity trek


Congratulations to Tony Scholes, who has completed a 116km trek across the Arctic Circle to help raise a huge amount of money for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

The Stoke City chief executive has been in a group of 16 taking on the extreme challenge via the Kungsleden – or King’s Trail – in the far north of Sweden over the last five days, in temperatures falling as low as minus 20C.

The team have carried their own 15kg kits as they have cross country skied through the snow, traversing the Kebenekaise mountain, which is Sweden’s highest peak. They covered up to 30km a day and slept in huts in the wilderness, burning wood to keep warm and melting snow for drinks and cooking.

The challenge was organised by Newcastle engineering firm KMF in a bid to raise £100,000 for the hospice, in Blurton.

Mr Scholes said on his JustGiving page: “In the past five years I have lost both of my parents to cancer. In amongst the obvious sadness I got to witness the wonderful work done and care provided by our hospices. They are something to treasure.

“The Douglas Macmillan Hospice provides care and support to over 3,500 people each year. To do this costs £12m per annum, 80 per cent of which comes from donations.

“I have covered the full cost of the trip, so every pound that I raise will go directly to the Dougie Mac.”

Tony Scholes poses with the team which has trekked across the Arctic Circle to raise money for the Douglas Macmillan charity. (KMF/Twitter)

More than £10,000 has been donated so far via that page, with money coming in from friends and family as well as agents who have dealt with Stoke during Mr Scholes’ 16 years at the club.

The trek was completed yesterday and the team – which was able to relax for a couple of hours and enjoy a hot lunch at Kebenkaise Fjellstation – is flying back to England today.

A post on the organiser’s website said: “The team have successfully completed the gruelling 116km trek across the Arctic Circle, raising over £91K (so far) for The Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

“This is a huge achievement and one that, despite being achy and exhausted right now, the team will be very proud of for a long time.

“The weather conditions they have faced have been much worse than ever anticipated, however the team have pulled together throughout the challenge to make sure each one of them crossed the finish line in Nikkaluotka.”

They added: “Thank you to everyone who has donated to this cause, businesses and individuals, your donations will make a huge difference to this amazing charity.”

The team also included Gareth Higgins, Terry Stanway and Steve Gardener from KMF, Andy Whitehouse and Jamie Probyn from Molson Coors, Peter McCartney from Citadel Chambers, Gareth Mobley of My Clever Group, Simon Woodings from Argus Fire, Mitch Brown and Rod Brown from Brown Recycling, Mark Bromley from Lichfield Reynolds, Emma Greenwood from The Hanley Economic, Chris Clowes from Costa Coffee, Christopher Gardener from Arqiva and Jamie Hodgetts, who works for Keir Highways.

To make a donation visit www.offtothearctic.co.uk or www.justgiving.com/campaign/trekthearctic

Alternatively, donations are being accepted at all 21 of the Douglas Macmillan charity shops across the area.





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