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Paraplegic prepares for ice cap
Anna McCormack
Ms McCormack is leading the 'inclusive' team
A Staffordshire woman is taking a lead role in an expedition which aims to see the first British paraplegic woman cross the Greenland's ice cap.

Anna McCormack, from Cannock, is leading the team of six including able-bodied and disabled people attempting to complete the 600km trek.

Team member Karen Darke has been paralysed from the chest down since a climbing fall and will use special kit.

It has taken two years of planning but the team is hoping to start on 2 May.

Called By Hands and Feet it has been endorsed by a number of organisations including the Scott Polar Research Institute and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Expedition whose patron is Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

"The expedition aims to push back the boundaries of one of the world's final frontiers - wilderness access for disabled explorers - and by doing so to inspire others to overcome their own obstacles and to fulfil their dreams," Sir Ranulph said.

The team is currently nearing the end of training but still requires additional funding.

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