Determined dad plans to take on the South Pole

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DETERMINED John Dennis is gearing up to trek 730 miles across the South Pole to raise money for charity.

Although the Bishop’s Waltham dad was meant to set off this month, but he has had to put back his expedition and he now plans to take on the challenge next year.

He hopes to take on the 37-day journey to raise awareness for a charity that help people with mental health conditions.

The 39-year-old said: ‘To cut a long story short, for reasons that I can’t control, the expedition has been delayed until December 2015.

‘This at the time was a bitter pill to swallow, but now it was an absolute blessing to be honest.

‘I would not have been ready and most definitely not had enough experience.’

Undeterred, Mr Dennis is in training for the trip, which he hopes will raise thousands of pounds for Young Minds, which helps children and young people.

He can frequently be seen around Bishop’s Waltham dragging a tyre that acts as the sled.

Mr Dennis, a design consultant, was inspired to help the charities after he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, due to undiagnosed trauma associated with his father’s suicide.

He still needs sponsors. For more information go to expedition-d2e.org.