With 2012 marking the London Olympics as well as the centenary of Captain Scott’s doomed Antarctic expedition, the Inspire 2012 South Pole Project was planned as a fitting endeavour to honour a momentous year.
Now, Mandrake has learnt that the expedition supported by polar explorer Rosie Stancer, the great niece of the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and a friend of the Prince of Wales, has been cancelled due to a lack of funding.
“It has been apparent for quite a while that the money would not be raised,” says Tim Moss, the leader of the expedition which would have seen a British Olympian, a Paralympian and a Special Olympics athlete journeying to the South Pole “to deliver a message of inspiration, inclusivity and legacy in the build up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.”
He continues: “We needed to raise more than £100,000, and in these difficult economic times, companies and other potential sponsors are just not being as generous as they used to be.”
The trip was set to include Stancer who has secured the Prince as patron of three of her previous polar expeditions.
“Rosie was very supportive and we were all very excited, but I’ve never secured funding on that scale before and it was harder than we anticipated,” says Moss.
Stancer, 51, is now focusing on her bid to become the first woman to walk to the North Pole solo in 2013 and hopes to have the Prince’s support. “He’s always extremely interested and hungry for information,” she tells me. “He’s a caring person — he gives me a talking to before I set off to make sure I’m properly prepared.”
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