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Cancer battler makes it to South Pole

20 January 2015 10:49

Ice challenge: cancer survivor Patrick McIntosh took on the South Pole and won

Ice challenge: cancer survivor Patrick McIntosh took on the South Pole and won

A cancer survivor has shown the disease doesn't have to be the end of an active life by conquering the legendary South Pole.

Surrey financial adviser Patrick McIntosh, 58, marked 103 years since Captain Scott visited the landmark destination on an ill-fated trek by reaching it himself on Saturday (January 17).

Mr McIntosh has had treatment for prostate, skin and bowel cancer during the space of 13 months.

But he has helped give hope to many fellow sufferers by completing the 138-mile (222km) journey for charity.

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Mr McIntosh, from Smallfield, had staunch support from Conrad Dickinson, the polar guide who helped lead Prince Harry's team during 2013.

The unsupported pair walked more than 12 miles per day to the pole, carrying their own equipment and enduring temperatures which plummeted to minus 40C.

Mr McIntosh has used the walk to draw attention to how important it is to take action the moment someone thinks they have cancer-related symptoms.

He said the walk shows that cancer patients can return to full lives with the help of early diagnoses.

Gemma Barker, his granddaughter, who has been in touch with Mr McIntosh every day, confirmed that the South Pole had been reached at 7pm UK time.

She said that her grandfather, who celebrated with a cuppa, had not come down from "cloud nine" and described him as "very happy" and excited".

Mr McIntosh hopes his three charities - Voice Of The Listener And The Viewer, Prostate Cancer UK and Bowel Cancer UK - will share £222,000.