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Identical Devon twins' polar trek for scientific research

The Department of Twin Research at King's College London is using Ross and Hugo's trip to study how modern equipment protects the body. Photo: ITV

A pair of identical twins from Devon will be starting a 340 mile trek across the polar ice cap of Greenland this week.

Hugo and Ross Turner from Christow are hoping to raise tens of thousands of pounds for spinal research after Hugo narrowly escaped becoming paralysed in a sporting accident.

25 year old Hugo and Ross are crossing the Greenland ice cap to raise money for spinal research. Credit: ITV

Inspired by the life-changing work of Spinal Research and the polar exploits of Sir Ernest Shackleton, this May the Turner Twins, Hugo and Ross, aim to trek 340 miles across the wild and desolate wastes of the Greenland polar ice cap.

Pulling sleds across the inhospitable terrain, the twins will compete as each wears different kit and uses different gear.

One will use modern equipment, while the other will use the same kit as Shackleton did 100 years ago in 1914, during the famous ‘Endurance’ expedition to Antarctica.

Ross will be clothing like that worn by Ernest Shackleton on his polar expedition. Credit: ITV

They will also be studied by King’s College Department of Twin Research in London.

Richard Lawrence reports.