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Saturday, June 22, 2024

Blackpool Explorers Summit Ukraine’s Highest Peak

In a powerful display of solidarity and resilience Channel 4’s Hunted star and intrepid adventurer Jordan Wylie MBE and the CEO of the charity Frontline Children James Bingham achieved a remarkable feat yesterday by planting a flag at the summit of Ukraine’s highest mountain, Mount Hoverla, standing tall at 6762 feet. This daring expedition comes as Ukraine marks the sombre milestone of two years since the conflict with Russia began.

Wylie and Bingham, whose paths first crossed in Afghanistan back in 2018, have since forged a strong bond rooted in their shared passion for adventure and humanitarianism.

Bingham, who has previously summited some of the world’s highest mountains, including Mount Everest, said it was a lot more challenging than the duo expected, and several local climbers warned them of the dangers involved in the winter ascent. Tragically a French climber lost his life on the mountain last month and his body has still not been recovered.

Their journey to the summit of Mount Hoverla was not merely a physical conquest but a poignant symbol of hope and support for the Ukrainian people, particularly the children affected by the ongoing strife.

Having dedicated themselves to volunteering efforts in Ukraine, Wylie and Bingham have been actively involved in initiatives aimed at aiding and uplifting the community, the humanitarians have delivered projects in Iraq, Syria, Sierra Leone, Somalia and the Djibouti over recent years.

The significance of their expedition this weekend, though, resonates deeply against the backdrop of Ukraine’s enduring struggle for peace and stability. As the nation grapples with the challenges posed by the conflict, Wylie and Bingham’s ascent serves as a testament to the unwavering spirit of resilience and solidarity that transcends borders and cultures.

With their Union Jack flag tied proudly on top of Mount Hoverla, the adventurers sent a powerful message of unity and support to the people of Ukraine, reminding them that they are not alone in their journey towards a brighter and more peaceful future.

Wylie, who was born and bred in Blackpool, is also a national ambassador for Army Cadets in the UK. He also had great success last week with his new business, www.racingclub.com, which is designed to make racehorse ownership more accessible and indeed more fun too. Racing Club won three races in three days, including the prestigious Grand Military Gold Cup at Sandown Park.

To learn more about Frontline Children’s work around the world visit www.frontlinechildren.com

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