Year 9 Student Alasdair Toms is opening his back garden to visitors in honour of his hero, Antarctic adventurer, Henry Worsley who lost his life during an expedition to the polar region earlier this year.
With the support of Mr Worsley’s wife, Joanna, Alasdair opened up the famous Ammerdown gardens designed by Edward Lutyens to the public on May 2 and will open them again on May 30, with all money raised going to the Endeavour Fund.
Mr Worsley, 55, was just 30 miles short of completing the record solo crossing when he had to be rescued from the ice after succumbing to exhaustion and severe dehydration, before eventually dying in an Argentinian hospital.
Alasdair first got inspired when, whilst following the expedition online, he asked the adventurer a question via the Shackleton Solo website and Mr Worsley later mentioned him in his nightly satellite broadcast back to his followers. Delighted to hear Mr Worsley talking to him from the Antarctic, Alasdair decided he wanted to support the Endeavour Fund which helps the recovery of injured service personnel.
Striking up a friendship with the adventurer’s wife, Alisdair continues to fundraise and also backed the campaign to encourage the public to vote for the naming of the Polar Research Vessel in honour of Henry Worsley as the RSS Henry Worsley.