When you are attempting to undertake Sir Ernest Shackleton’s unfinished journey of crossing the Antarctic continent solo and unsupported and are facing white-outs, sastrugi and soft land surfaces daily, then messages of encouragement provide you with the psychological boost needed to carry on.
That is exactly what Henry Worsley received today from none other than The Duke of Cambridge.
The Duke of Cambridge, who is the Patron of this expedition called ‘Shackleton Solo’, left a message for Henry on the satellite phone. The Duke not only wished Henry a merry Christmas but also sent on his good luck for the rest of the expedition.
“You’re doing a cracking job and everyone back here is very proud of what you’re achieving” said The Duke of Cambridge.
Henry and The Duke of Cambridge last met back in October when Henry was presented with a Union Jack flag, an Endeavour Fund flag and a photograph of Shackleton’s vessel, The Endurance stuck in the Antarctic Ice 100 years ago.Shackleton's hopes of becoming the first team to cross the Antarctic Continent were crushed when his ship Endurance was trapped by pack ice and sunk leaving his team stranded and resulting in a heroic and successful rescue conducted by Shackleton himself. A century later Henry Worsley is attempting to recreate the majority of this journey, which remains untraveled to this day.
After a military career spanning four decades, Henry is undertaking this incredible adventure in memory of his fellow Servicemen and women that have become wounded or injured during their service. Henry is giving all proceeds donated to this challenge to the Endeavour Fund, which supports wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel and Veterans using sport and adventurous challenges as part of their recovery and rehabilitation.
You can listen to the phone message here: http://shackletonsolo.org/2015/12/26/hrh-duke-of-cambridge-cracking-job-henry/