Climate Change Awareness
Promote education and climate change awareness within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Network through scientific and engineering experiments.
To raise money for the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation and the Alzheimer's Society.
Joel Johansson - Team mate
Joel, 44, is an acclaimed Swedish mountaineer who has climbed extensively around the world. Antarctica will be his final continent to visit. Joel has completed five of the Seven Summits and climbed more than 20 Alpine peaks over 4000m. His most memorable expeditions are climbing some virgin peaks in Alaska and Yukon and more recently in the Pamir range in Kyrgystan. When he is not climbing or spending time with his wife and children, Joel works as a school Principal in Sweden and is passionate about climate change.
Peter Sunnucks - Team Leader
Peter is an accomplished mountaineer and adventurer, having climbed six of the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on every continent. Peter, 34, embarked on climbing Mount Everest in memory of a close friend Lt John Thornton RM, who was tragically killed whilst on operations in Afghanistan. He successfully summited with another close friend, Capt Matt Snook RM, in 2010 via the North East Ridge, and resolved to complete the remaining Seven Summits; Vinson Massif, Antarctica, will be his final one. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and through his work as an engineering leader in the defence and aerospace industry, Peter is an avid supporter of STEM activities.
Elizabeth Wood - Team mate
As an Emergency Medicine Registrar in the UK who has worked in various environments around the world, Elizabeth, 31, has an interest in expedition medicine and humanitarian work. She has completed the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes. Elizabeth is a keen runner and mountaineer, spending time in Scotland and the Alps. Vinson will be her fourth of the Seven Summits, which she will be completing in memory of her mum, Kirsty Wood, who died from early onset Alzheimer’s disease 10 years ago.
Who we are
Elizabeth and Peter met Joel in 2014 whilst climbing Carstensz Pyramid, West Papua, Indonesia; the highest mountain in Australasia. From this shared adventure, they formed a strong friendship and their passion for exploration and education prompted them to unite for a unique expedition to Antarctica in November 2017.
John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation
The JTYAF supports young people from a wide range of youth organisations providing them with scholarships and bursaries to support their personal development and the pursuit of their ambitions.
The John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation honours the life of Lt John 'JT' Thornton RM, from Ferndown, Dorset, who was tragically killed whilst serving with the Royal Marines, in southern Afghanistan on 30th March 2008. Setup by his parents, Pete and Linda, the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation was founded with one simple objective; to encourage and assist young people to climb as high as they can dream.
The Alzheimer's Society
The Alzheimer's Society offer help and support for people with dementia and those that care for them, as well as funding research into the disease.
·Dementia affects over 850,000 people in the UK and numbers are increasing.
·Around 38% of the UK population know a close friend or family member with dementia.
·At £24 billion each year, dementia costs the UK economy more than cancer and heart disease combined.