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Dedication

Dedication can be taken one step too far and the Diary wonders if one adviser realises he may have taken this step. One of Pink Home Loans&#39 Premier members Steven East (pictured above) set off on one of the most challenging races in the world, covering 350 miles overland to reach the North Pole. Steven was weighed down on his trip by the Pink application form. He says: “It seemed only natural to see how far I would be prepared to carry a real pink application over the most amazing terrain.”

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