March 29 2010.

David Newman, chief executive of Carole Nash, is continuing preparations ahead of his charity expedition to the North Pole which begins this weekend.

David will begin his journey in support of motorcycle charities Riders for Health and BASIC later this week, leaving London on Easter Sunday to commence a gruelling ice training and acclimatisation in Longyearbyen, Norway.

As well as raising money for two very worthwhile causes, David will continue to keep people updated with his progress with a series of blogs and podcasts, available at  

In his latest blog, David reflects on his preparations for the challenge and, as you would expect from somebody who is chief executive of Britain's biggest motorcycle insurance broker, he is also well aware of the risks that he'll be facing throughout the trip.

David will also be updating his Twitter feed live throughout the journey and you can follow him at  

You can also become a fan of David's expedition on Facebook at 

If you would like to donate to either of David's chosen charities, you can donate online at  
or at