The #WeTwo team is a charitable foundation created by adventurers Phoebe Smith and Dwayne Fields. Their main aim is to inspire and give once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to disadvantaged young people across Britain. It’s about removing barriers and emphasising the ethos that the outdoors is for everyone.
Having fundraised throughout the pandemic, including an expedition across the entire length of mainland Britain; #WeTwo is now able to offer ten underrepresented individuals between the ages of 16-18 to join them on an expedition ship to the Antarctic peninsula in February 2022. Those who consider themselves to be from a disadvantaged socio-economic background are encouraged to apply, though applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
“The ship we have secured places on is Hurtigruten’s MS Fridtjof Nansen, one of the world’s first hybrid expedition vessels, meaning the carbon footprint is the lowest it can be – 20% less carbon is produced than in usual ships,” say Team #WeTwo. “They also have a heat recovery system so that waste heat from engine cooling water is used to keep everyone warm.”
“We’ve also teamed up with Craghoppers who, as well as sponsoring four places on the trip, will be kitting out the entire team. They are committed to sustainability and are ensuring that all of the kit we use is made from recycled materials and is responsibly sourced.”
Dwayne Fields is a Jamaican-born and London-bred adventurer whose main goal is to inspire the youth of today. He is the first black Briton to have walked over 400 miles (in a protest against gang violence and stereotyping) to the Magnetic North Pole, and has since been awarded the ‘Freedom Of The City Of London’ by its Lord Mayor.
Phoebe Smith is an award-winning travel writer, photographer and broadcaster, to name but a few achievements. From the Everest Base Camp in Nepal, to portaledging in trees in the Bavarian Alps; she has seen her love of the wilderness take her on solo adventures all around the world.
The pair met several years ago on Countryfile Live where they discussed the barriers they faced in the outdoor world and made the decision to team up and change the face of adventuring together. They seek to inspire the next generation to fall in love with the outdoors and become ambassadors for our planet. “The aim is to use responsible adventuring as a force of good” says #WeTwo.