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1st April 2015

Satcom Global to keep Sir Ranulph Fiennes connected during Marathon des Sables challenge

Satcom Global is honoured to be working with long-time supporter of Marie Curie, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, as he takes on the Marathon des Sables to raise funds for the charity. 

Satcom Global are supporting the adventurer by providing a Cobham EXPLORER 710 BGAN terminal capable of high data rate streaming, so his team  can capture and share live footage of his experiences in one of the world’s most inhospitable climates - the Sahara desert.

During the punishing six day ‘ultra-marathon’ the runners must carry everything they need on their backs in over 50°C heat, during which the lightweight, compact and robust satellite communications terminal will provide seamless voice over Inmarsat’s BGAN service. 

Sir Ranulph is undertaking the challenge at 71 years of age, in bid to become the oldest Briton ever to complete the 251 km/156 mile race, which requires participants to cover the distance of a marathon in a day and a double marathon one day. The explorer is taking on 'the toughest race on earth', hoping to raise much needed funds to help Marie Curie care and provide support for more people living with a terminal illness and their families.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes' previous fundraising challenges have raised £6.3m for Marie Curie, these include scaling the north face of the Eiger and successfully reaching the summit of Everest becoming the oldest Briton to do so.

We will be covering the full story during the race, which runs from 5th - 11th April 2015 – so please revisit our news section for regular updates. You can also sign up to our news alerts on our homepage, and follow us on Twitter: @SatcomGlobal, for updates and photos of the challenge.

  • To donate to Sir Ranulph’s challenge visit 
  • Text RUN to 70007 to donate £5 plus a message of support to Sir Ranulph 

Thank you to everyone who is able to donate and help us support this challenge further.

About Marie Curie

Marie Curie provides free care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families. Marie Curie nurses work night and day, in people’s homes across the UK, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support. The charity also has nine hospices which offer specialist round-the-clock care. The charity also helps people throughout their illness by giving practical information, support from trained volunteers and being there when someone wants to talk.

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