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25th Jun, 2022

Scout adventurer takes to icy climes for children's charity

AN ADVENTURER from Stratford is getting his skates on for charity.

Matt Nixon will be ice skating 100 miles across a frozen lake in Mongolia to support Children with Cancer UK.

The 42-year-old a supporting team will take four days to cross Lake Kovsgol, deep in the wilderness of Outer Mongolia, where temperatures can plummet to -40 degrees.

But Matt who volunteers with Shottery Scouts is no stranger to epic fund-raising adventures from triathlons and marathons, to running up Snowdon and completing a husky expedition across Scandinavia.

Matt revealed he was not very experienced on the ice but his time with scouts had prepared him to embrace the challenge.

He said: “I am really excited about the trip to Mongolia and raising money for Children with Cancer UK.

“It will be tough but I’m ready for the challenge. I haven’t actually had a lot of experience ice skating, I have only done it a handful of times, but I think scouts has really taught me resilience and confidence which has led to me take on things I didn’t think I could.

“I hope that by doing this, more people will be inspired to take on challenges in their life. For some, their challenge is not a choice and is imposed upon them such as fighting the awful disease that cancer is. By doing this challenge I hope I’m helping the charity find a cure and also those facing the challenge to fight while keeping a positive frame of mind.”

To help boost support Matt has organised a fund-raising talk on February 12 at Stratford Playhouse. Visit stratfordplay.co.uk to book tickets for ‘A life More Adventurous’ with scouts ambassador and adventurer Sean Conway.

Search Matt Nixon at uk.virginmoneygiving.com to donate.

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