A doctor from Maidenhead is heading for the South Pole as he attempts to retrace the steps of a courageous Polar adventurer whose tragic death last year saddened the world.

Jamie Facer-Childs, 29, will be part of a team of six army reservists planning to complete the epic journey planned by Polar adventurer Henry Worsley, who had to be airlifted off the ice just 120 miles short of achieving his goal and sadly died soon after.

The expedition is being led by Lou Rudd, a close friend of Mr Worsley who reached the South Pole on a previous expedition with him in 2012.

The plan is to undertake the 730 mile unsupported trek to the South Pole before completing Henry Worsley's planned route by continuing another 400 miles across the Shackleton Glacier.

They hope to raise £100,000 for The Soldier's Charity.

Legendary adventurer Ranulph Fiennes is the expedition's patron.

Jamie said: "I have always been fascinated by the potential of human endurance and been amazed by stories that stretch the limits of human endeavour.

"I feel inspired by these people and feel that we all have the ability to push ourselves to the extremes when we want or need to. Making the unsupported trek across the frozen wilderness of the Antarctic will be a harsh and arduous journey but will be an eye opening experience.

"I joined the reservists to chase the challenge and adventure that the army portrays and to develop skills not found in any other job."

The expedition sets out on October, 2016.

He will need all his army - and medical - skills on the expedition.

Jamie is no stranger to challenge. In 2009 he and a friend James Thysse became the youngest pairs team to row across an ocean, completing a 3,600 mile unsupported row across the Indian Ocean.

His own life began as a challenge - he and his brother Ben were the first twins to be born as a result of a frozen embryo transfer.