Hospice Fundraiser Francesca undertakes Lapland Husky Challenge

27 August 2021

Hospice Fundraiser Francesca undertakes Lapland Husky Challenge image

Our lovely Fundraising Administrator, Francesca Marchetti, has joined the Lapland Husky Trail in aid of Highland Hospice!

Having worked for Highland Hospice since May 2017, Frannie is passionate about her work and understands how crucial fundraising is in keeping the Hospice running. Frannie aimed to take part in one Highland Hospice fundraising challenge per year as she is motivated to support the Hospice beyond the fantastic work she already does for us:

“It is important for me to feel that I am actively helping my workplace. I truly believe in the services Highland Hospice provide, and to me it is a lot more than just a job.”

The pandemic had understandably halted all fundraising events so Frannie wanted to make sure that the next one she did was a big one! The perfect opportunity arose as this led her to sign up to the Lapland Husky Trail, taking place in March next year. Frannie and the team will be sledding 270km from Norway into Sweden through untouched nature, fulfilling all camping duties to look after themselves and their teams of huskies, gaining the experience of living as Laplanders do. It will be an unforgettable adventure with the additional perks of witnessing the breath-taking Northern Lights and finishing at the original Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi!

Originally from Italy, Frannie admits her greatest challenge in this expedition will be facing the harsh temperatures. She admits that sleeping outside in -30 degrees celsius is her “worst nightmare”! Physical fitness will not be an obstacle for her during this expedition, as she is an active person who regularly trains and competes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu!

As a dog mum to two gorgeous golden labs, Frannie knows that she will likely form a bond with the four furry friends that will be accompanying her on her eight day expedition. Although it is 7 months away, she is already worried about leaving the huskies when it's time to come home! The canine companions undoubtedly attracted Frannie to this challenge, but she notes that her involvement is driven by her desire to raise vital funds for the Hospice and encouragement from her friend Dave, who she completed the Great Glen Canoe Challenge with in 2019. He suggested that this should be their next challenge, so she signed up and hasn't looked back since! This will be a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience and we are so proud of Frannie for being part of the Lapland Husky Trail 2022.

Support Frannie’s fundraising efforts here.

For more information and to sign up, visit our Lapland Husky Trail event page.

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