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Annual Dinner and Awards 2018 Business News Latest news from Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Another accolade for Ice Maidens By John Lamb


The Ice Maidens, the British Army soldiers who became the first all- female expedition to trek across Antarctica on foot, received the President’s Award at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) dinner attended by 1,300 people at Birmingham International Convention Centre. Paul Kehoe presented the award


to Major Sandy Hennis, from Redditch, who represented the Ice Maidens at the ceremony. Other members of the group, who completed their feat on 20 January, were Major Nicola Wetherill, Major Natalie Taylor, Captain Zanna Baker, Lieutenant Jenni Stephenson and Lance Sergeant Sophie Montagne, who, like Sandy, is a Reservist.


‘Crossing Antarctica won’t be at the top of many people’s lists but I hope we have encouraged someone to try something different’


Paul said: “This was such a


remarkable achievement it did not take too long for me to decide the Ice Maidens were deserved winners. I’m delighted that Sandy was able to be with us to receive the award personally on behalf of the other Ice Maidens.


Business News


Be prepared: The Ice Maidens at Sandhurst preparing for their trek of over 1,000 miles


“Conditions in Antarctica are


brutal and to undertake a trek of over 1,000 miles is unbelievably tough and the Ice Maidens deserve all the plaudits they receive.” After completing the 1,056-mile


trek, Major Hennis told the Redditch Advertiser: “I’m very much looking forward to talking in schools about our journey and what you can achieve if you believe in yourself and are willing to try. “I know crossing Antarctica


Well done: Major Sandy Hennis received the award from Paul Kehoe on behalf of the Ice Maidens


won’t be at the top of many people’s lists but I hope we have


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