Explorer Mike Dann, forced to abandon an Icelandic glacier trek, is back with a challenge closer to home this weekend.

Longwood-based Mike and his team were rescued from an attempt to cross the Vatnajökull glacier earlier this year entirely by snow kite.

Their bid was scuppered after disabled member and paralympian, Sean Rose, fell ill.

 

The team are now bidding to raise funds by tackling the Rotary Club Dragon Boat Challenge at Pugneys Lake, in Wakefield, on Saturday.

The annual race sees sponsored groups battle to out-paddle each other across the lake.

Mike and Sean’s team aims to raise awareness and funds for Wings For Life Spinal Cord Injury Research Foundation.

The foundation’s mission is to find a cure for spinal cord injuries.

This is a cause close to Sean’s heart as he suffered a devastating skiing accident in 2000 which left him paralysed from the chest down.

Despite the injury he went on to become a double Winter paralympian, a Winter X-Games medallist and a world champion water skier.

So far the team has raised £535 online. To donate click here.

Also taking part in the challenge will be staff from funeral directors, Highfield’s of Trinity Street, Huddersfield.

They will be joined by colleagues from D Walsh and Son, of Bradford, in raising funds for The Salvation Army and the RSPCA.

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