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Comic Relief: Sara Davies, Alex Scott And More To Trek The Arctic

Four celebrities will brave freezing temperatures to trek across the Arctic in a bid to raise money for Comic Relief this year.

Alex Scott, Sara Davies, Vicky Pattison and Laura Whitmore will take on the challenge together in the first all-female Red Nose Day celebrity challenge line-up.

Snow Going Back: Comic Relief Vs The Arctic will see Dragons’ Den star Davies, reality TV fixture Pattison and broadcasters Scott and Whitmore head into the wilderness, starting their trek at the edge of the Arctic Circle, in Tromso, Norway.

What will the Arctic challenge involve? Over the course of four days, the quartet will attempt to trek, cross-country ski and cycle to the finish line 50km away, with only eight hours of daylight each day and temperatures as low as minus 20C.

The celebrities will pitch their own tents with food limited to dried rations and no running water, heating or electricity.

Former England Lioness Scott said: “This challenge is going to be so gruelling; I’ve never done anything like it before, I’ve never even been skiing, so just being out on the snow might be a problem.

“I’m used to having that captain’s arm band on and people seeing me as a leader because I was that athlete, but this is all new so I think you might see a different side to me.

“Yes, I’ll bring the fun and keep everyone going, but I think I might need my team-mates to pull me through this one.

“I’m naturally competitive with myself, I don’t want to let anyone down, but what will really keep me going is the end goal of raising as much money as we can for Comic Relief, which will go a long way in helping change a lot of lives in the UK and around the world.”

What will happen to the money raised? Money raised will help tackle poverty and provide food, essential healthcare or safe shelter for people in the UK and around the world.

— Comic Relief (@comicrelief) February 13, 2024 Former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! champion Pattison said: “Everyone assumes that because I’m from the North East, I’m going to be able to handle the cold and that’s a complete lie.

“Everyone also thinks that because I was in the jungle, I’m like Bear Grylls in a bra…but I’m not! I like my home comforts, so camping in minus 20 degrees is out of my comfort zone and it makes me a little bit nervous, but a little bit excited as well.

“There will be moments where I just want to give up, but I think what’s going to keep me going is the reason why I’m doing it.

“I was able to see first hand where the money that Comic Relief raises goes when I visited food bank and community hub Hebburn Helps, which receives food from the Comic Relief-funded organisation FareShare.

“I found volunteering there so illuminating; most of us associate poverty and hunger with something happening miles away, you don’t think it’s happening on your doorstep.

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How to watch the celebrities take on the Arctic challenge for Comic Relief A camera crew will film the journey for a BBC One and iPlayer documentary.

It will air in the lead-up to Red Nose Day which returns on March 15.