What better day than International Woman’s Day 2020 to launch The Goodwash partnership with The Antarctic Fire Angels who are preparing for the most gruelling challenge of their lives… Their Antarctic Fire Angel Expetition, 2023
Six inspirational female firefighters (three from South Wales and three from London) will take on a 70-day trek across Antarctica on a route never completed by an all-women team before.
The 1180-mile (1,900km) expedition will take place in November 2023. The expedition aims to improve the lives of current and future generations. Encouraging them to be the best that they can be, whilst raising awareness of the importance of mental health.
The Goodwash Company will be supporting the expedition with zero waste wash products and fund raising support for their good adventure.
Expedition team member and Assistant Chief Fire Officer at South Wales Fire and Rescue Service Alison Kibblewhite comments; ‘I am extremely pleased that the Goodwash foundation has been kind enough to support and collaborate with the Antarctic Fire Angels. The Goodwash Company’s philosophy and operating model really reflects the aspirations of the Antarctic Fire Angels on both social and ethical levels’
‘If we can inspire people to take up their own challenges to achieve their dreams and help others along the way then we will feel that all the training and sacrifices would be worth it’
“It’s going to go down in history, I think,” said Nakita Ross, team leader and co-founder of the Antarctic Fire Angels. Based at Battersea Fire Station in London, she has attended some devastating incidents in recent years, including the Croydon tram crash and the Grenfell Tower fire.
‘For both incidents, I went at a time when unfortunately, there were no lives to be saved,” Ms Ross said. “But still, it had a major effect on me. Not only that, I’m very aware of how it affected my work colleagues and I’m incredibly proud of my London firefighters and how they’ve responded, and how they are tackling their mental health.”
Mum-of-two Beci Newton, Crew Manager at Cardiff Central fire station, lives with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has helped her deal with it, but Ms Newton said taking part in the expedition ‘is a vital part of her healing process’.
Goodwash Founder and UK award winning entrepreneur Kelly Davies says: ‘We are extremely proud to support the Antarctic Fire Angels, and be a part of their adventure. These are ordinary women, doing extraordinary things – and this is hugely inspiring to ourselves, our customers, and our beneficiaries within the local community. Additionally, ensuring positive mental health and equality for all is a priority for future generations is closely aligned to the objectives of our foundation’.
The Goodwash Company will be supporting the Antarctic Angels raise awareness and essential funds for their expedition.
To support their training and equipment collectively the fire Angels are aiming to raise £50k by December 2020. If you wish to help you can donate directly http://gofundme.com/f/antarctic-fire-angels or purchase a limited edition ethically sourced, fire angels t-shirt here.