MP tells students of her Arctic adventure 

HUMANITIES students at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) heard a first hand account of MP Jenny Willott’s perilous journey through the Arctic.

Miss Willott visited the students at UWIC’s Cardiff School of Education recently and shared her experience of being on the team that took part in the Westminster Arctic Challenge last year.

A cross-party team of Members of Parliament traveled through Finland, Sweden and Norway by husky dog sled within a week and raised £100,000 for various charities.

The Welsh Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central told how the dogs would pull them along for between 40 and 75 kilometres a day in temperatures                                        plunging as low as -40 degrees in a cold she described as “painful.”

She spoke of how the team had to build their own igloo for shelter one night and how they were lucky enough to witness the spectacular Northern Lights.

Dr Russell Deacon, Head of the Department of Humanities who organised the visit said: “The Humanities students were both enthralled and amazed by the stories of the polar expedition undertaken by Jenny. They were also delighted that she had taken the time to come in and speak to them personally about such an exciting adventure. So detailed and vivid was Jenny’s talk that at its end many felt like they had travelled there with her. They certainly view their local MP if a different light now.”

For further information contact Sarah Narusberg, Press Officer, Tel: 029 2041 6221, or e-mail: snarusberg@uwic.ac.uk
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