A teacher will swap her young pupils for a pack of huskies when she travels to Sweden to take part in a charity adventure.
Diane Smith, who teaches at Bedgrove Infant School, will brave gruelling temperatures of -40 degrees farenheit on the five-day trek across some of the world’s harshest terrain.
She hopes to raise £5,000 for Breast Cancer Care, the charity that Diane has supported after three of her colleagues were struck down by cancer in 2008.
As well as commanding a group of huskies and a dog-sled, 50-year-old Diane will also camp out in freezing huts and tents during the mission.
She said: “This is a real challenge for me because everyone who knows me knows that I like hot countries.
“I love sailing and diving.
“When I’m at school here, if it’s not a hot summer’s day I can be miserable and grumpy.
“This challenge states on the website that it is not for the faint hearted, but neither is finding out that you have been diagnosed with cancer.
“I turned 50 last June and I think I’m just having a mad moment.
“I can hardly believe that I’ve put myself forward for this.
“It’s totally beyond me and I feel so anxious about going.”
Diane, from Hardwick, will travel to Sweden on February 16 where she will joined by other challengers.
They will be guided on their adventure by Sani locals visiting the famous ice hotel and hoping to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.