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Felicity Aston has arrived at Hercules Inlet after walking solo across the Antarctic in 59 days.

"!!!Congratulations to the 1st female to traverse Antarctica SOLO.V proud," her Twitter message said.

In late November Felicity Aston set off on the Kaspersky ONE Transantarctic Expedition. Starting at the bottom of the Leverett Glacier on the Ross Ice Shelf she has been skiing alone 1744km across Antarctica by way of the South Pole and arrived at Hercules Inlet on the Ronne Ice Shelf late on 22 February. She is the first woman to have completed this feat alone.

In somewhat emotional recording on ipadio she said "It's been the most amazing day.  It's all a little overwhelming. I don't really feel prepared for it. It feels amazing to be finished. And yet overwhelmingly sad that it's over at the same time. I can't quite believe that I'm here, that I've crossed Antarctica."

As an Ambassador of the British Antarctic Monument Trust Felicity has been raising funds for this fitting charity. The Trust was to set up to commemorate those who have explored Antarctica especially those who did not return.

The Trust has raised money to install a memorial in St Paul's Cathedral. A circular disk of Welsh slate with the map of Antarctica set in marble inset has the inscription "To those who lost their lives in Antarctica in pursuit of science to benefit us all."

The Trust has also created a two part monument. The Northern sculpture has been erected outside the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge. Money is now required to commission the Southern part of the sculpture to be erected in the Falklands - gateway to the Antarctic. to commemorate those killed in Antarctica while in pursuit of science.

You can follow Felicity on Twitter and through an interactive map on the expedition website. You can hear her daily commentary here on ipadio

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A big thankyou to those who have contributed so generously to the Trust surpassing my original target of £1700 - one pound for each of her original estimate of the distance.

Please continue to donate.

Thankyou

Raising money for

British Antarctic Monument Trust

British Antarctic Monument Trust

Charity Registration No. 1123064

Celebrating the achievements of those whose exploration in Antarctica has led to a new understanding of our world, and to commemorate those who have lost their lives. We aim is to inspire a broader interest in Antarctica, the fragility of our environment and the interdependence of our world.

Donations 36

Donation by Audrey Poulton on 07/03/12

£30.00

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Well done to you, Felicity. Amazing achievement.

Donation by Joanna Wass on 27/01/12

Donation by Robin Perry on 27/01/12

£150.00

Donation by Anonymous on 24/01/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Congratulations and thank you for your support of the British Antarctic Monument Trust. You are a superb ambassador for them.

Donation by Julian Paren on 24/01/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Congratulations Felicity. You have demonstrated with immense physical and mental courage, we can accomplish anything.

Donation by sunil daluvoy on 24/01/12

£20.00

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Congratulation - a fantastic achievement

Donation by Susan Walker on 24/01/12

£150.00

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Congratulations Felicity. Very proud of you!

Donation by Joann McPike on 23/01/12

£1,000.00

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It's a pleasure to support my second modern-day explorer (Freya Hoffmeister was my first). Congratulations!

Donation by C. Biggar on 23/01/12

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Many congratulations on reaching Pole and onwards. Great achievement. John Killingbeck Ex Fid 1960-3.............

Donation by John Killingbeck on 23/01/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Graham Morris on 23/01/12

£30.00

Donation by Alan Hooper on 22/01/12

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

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thanks for your dedication and inspiration... wishing you fair winds from the States

Donation by kit gray on 20/01/12

£20.00

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What an amazing trek! Very inspiring!

Donation by Sophie Wills on 20/01/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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We liked the idea of £1 for every person on the memorial. Antarctica has become a more accessable place but it is still a very dangerous continent.

Donation by richard aston on 20/01/12

£29.00

+ £7.25 Gift Aid

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You are so close now. Let the wind be behind you and the sun be on your shoulders.

Donation by Roderick Rhys Jones on 13/01/12

£17.00

+ £4.25 Gift Aid

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What a brave undertaking. Best wishes from an ex FID

Donation by Dudley Jehan on 06/01/12

£100.00

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Have fun XC skiing!

Donation by Cedric Nowell on 03/01/12

£20.00

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Good luck from someone who remembered a great time in the Antarctic whilst serving on HMS Protector in 1956/1957.

Donation by Ron Hayden on 03/01/12

£17.00

+ £4.25 Gift Aid

Donation by John Craig on 03/01/12

£170.00

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Well done Felicity, you are setting a terrific pace and to be doing it during the Amundsen / Scott centenary is a feat of skillful planning.

Donation by Jack Wright on 03/01/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well done for getting to the South Pole! Good luck for the next leg!

Donation by Jenny Dean on 21/12/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Yay for girl power! Cheering you on from North America. Go Felicity!

Donation by Judith S. on 20/12/11

£10.00

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The very best of luck from an ancient Fid. (1958-62) and USARP (62-64)

Donation by Ron Pinder on 19/12/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Arthur Martin on 03/12/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,501.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£2,501.00
  • Gift Aid£180.25

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