They’ve done it! Fearless foursome dig deep to finish Comic Relief’s coldest ever challenge

23rd February 2024

  • Tired and weary celebs cross the finish line deep in the Arctic wilderness having endured freezing temperatures, cross-country skiing, fat biking and snowshoe trekking over four long, cold days – and even colder nights

  • Sara Davies, Vicky Pattison, Alex Scott and Laura Whitmore have completed their Red Nose Day challenge

  • Earlier this week, after arriving at the Arctic Circle in Tromsø, Norway, the team were dropped into the Arctic wilderness, where they have spent the past 4 days trekking 50km to reach their final destination

  • Fast approaching snow storm left the team needing to set off before sunrise on their final trek in a race against time to reach the finish line

  • Viewers will be able to follow every step of their mission in a special BBC One and iPlayer documentary filmed by Shine TV, airing in the lead up to Red Nose Day which returns on Friday 15 March

  • Money raised by their extraordinary efforts could help tackle poverty, provide food, essential healthcare or safe shelter for people in the UK and around the world

  • Find out how you can get involved and applaud their efforts by visiting in new window)

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Friday 23 February: Four long days battling through the extreme conditions of the Arctic Circle came to a triumphant close last night for Sara, Vicky, Alex and Laura as they finally reached the finish line of their Red Nose Day challenge, Snow Going Back: Comic Relief vs The Arctic.

Heading into their final day, the sleep deprived, and weary celebs had been given worrying news of a weather warning for an impeding snow storm by their Norwegian guide, Torbjørn Ness - the seasoned explorer who has been with the team every step of the way. It left the foursome knowing that an even earlier start, and a truly herculean push, would be required to give them the best chance of making the finish line in time.

Setting off from their previous night’s camp – a traditional Arctic moss hut with no electricity or running water – in complete darkness, the team began the day on cross-country skis in a race against time. Deteriorating conditions owing to the deep snowfall and the looming snow storm, eventually made skiing unviable, leaving the team with no choice but to swap their skis for snowshoes.

Having strapped in their snowshoes, Sara, Vicky, Alex and Laura pushed on as snow continued to fall. Despite ice cold blustery winds, they willed each other, step by step, with a steely determination to finish the challenge they had started four, long, cold days ago. The Arctic wilderness was always going to test the celebrities right to the very end.

By the mid-afternoon the incredible team took the final step of their 50km trek, bringing an end to a journey of a lifetime. Over the past four days they have taken on cross-country skiing, fat biking and snowshoe trekking in one of the most physically and mentally testing environments on the planet; navigated unpredictable terrain; and even camped on the snow. The celebs have had to endure freezing temperatures, blustery winds, and frequent snowfall in a barren landscape, where the British Special Forces train.

Sara Davies said: “I remember there was that one night, we trekked for 10km, we couldn’t feel our fingers, we couldn’t feel our toes, we got there and we had four shovels and we had to dig to get in the tent. And I remember we just laid in that tent absolutely freezing, and the reality hit of that’s only a couple of nights for us, but for a lot of people, it’s an everyday thing trying to get warm in their house and I think it just gave us time to reflect on how lucky we are. And therefore, how we want to use the platforms we have to raise awareness and raise those funds."

Vicky Pattison said: “The valleys will teach you stuff that the mountain tops never will, meaning that when things are tough, that shows you what you’re really made of!

"All the money that we're hopefully going to raise is going towards helping people who need support more than ever at the moment' I think if we all come together as the lovely country that we are, we can really make a nice difference."

Alex Scott said: “I’ve missed being around that team environment, everyone pulling each other through, in the highs and lows, doing it all together."

“We have done this to hopefully raise as much money as we can. You’ve seen us cry, you’ve seen us laugh, and everything else – not our best looks!"

Laura Whitmore said: “We did it! We finally got to the end…we’re very excited, we’re very exhausted, there’s bruises, there’s aches. I feel quite emotional now because I wasn’t sure we’d all finish it, and we did. It is the toughest thing I’ve done physically on my body and also mentally but we are doing it for a really brilliant cause.

“I would never put myself in this situation by choice, except if it’s for Comic Relief and I’ve seen firsthand the work that they do. Projects funded by Comic Relief are helping with everything from just basic survival, to putting food on the table for your family, paying for basic heating and just trying to get on with each day as much as possible.

“Thank you so much to everyone who supported us, we needed those words of encouragement because at times, we’ve been really low. I just can’t believe we’ve made it to the end so please keep donating, keep supporting us."

You can watch all the highs and lows of their journey across the Arctic Circle in a special BBC One and iPlayer documentary that will air in the lead up to Red Nose Day, which returns on Friday 15 March.

The money raised for Red Nose Day could help to put food on plates and roofs over heads, keep little ones safe and help support families affected by conflict and climate change. It’s never felt more important to come together to support people in the UK and around the world that are struggling.

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About Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day is back on Friday 15 March 2024!

It’s that time of year when incredible cake-bakers, joke-makers, telly-watchers, t shirt-wearers, Red Nose-buyers and laugh-til-you-cryers, do something to fight poverty through humour and fun, for communities here in the UK and around the world.

We know that when people come together, great things can happen. So, this March, Comic Relief is uniting the nation to Do Something Funny for Money. The money raised could help put food on plates and roofs over heads, keep little ones safe and help support families affected by conflict and climate change. Having a laugh can make a serious difference.

There are lots of ways to take part in Red Nose Day. To find out more, visit in new window) or follow @comicrelief on social media.

Red Nose Day is an initiative of Comic Relief.

About Comic Relief

Comic Relief is a UK charity that uses the power of entertainment and popular culture to work towards a vision of a just world free from poverty. We raise money to support organisations that are closest to the communities who can make change happen. We support work that will tackle the impact of poverty, injustice, conflict, and climate change in the UK and around the world.

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