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IFAs to trek to North Pole for wounded service personnel

A team of advisers is taking part in an expedition to the North Pole in a bid to raise £1m for wounded service personnel.

Norwich-based firm RJL IFA is part of the City Endeavour team that will trek to the North Pole in April to support Walking with the Wounded and Mission Motorsport, which both help wounded servicemen and women retrain to find employment after leaving the armed forces.

RJL IFA chief executive Simon Kiley, portfolio specialist James Greenly and Dominion Fund Management sales director Matthew Deeprose will take part in the challenge, which will see the team trek from the Russian ice camp at Barneo to the North Pole over two weeks. On some days, the team will walk for 12 to 14 hours, led by arctic trainer and guide Philip Hayday-Brown.

The team has trained for a year to prepare for the trek and acclimatise to the conditions. It is being sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management, Artemis, BNY Mellon, Cofunds, Dominion Fund Management, F&C Investments, JP Morgan Asset Management and Neptune Investment Management. City Endeavour is looking for two or three more sponsors.

Kiley says he was inspired to take part in the trek after watching a BBC programme featuring Prince Harry and four amputees walking to the North Pole to raise money for wounded colleagues.

He says: “After watching the programme, I was so inspired and humbled. We are a team of normal people doing something to say a massive thanks to our wounded service personnel for what they do for us.”

You can support the trek by visiting www.cityendeavour.org or donate via www.justgiving.com.cityendeavour.

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