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Mayor of Dudley's chauffeur will be "driving" a sledge pulled by huskies as part of his latest fundraising trip

Mayor’s chauffeur, Mike Crannage, will be getting to grips with a very different vehicle when he undertakes his latest fundraising expedition.

The 51-year-old chauffeur usually spends his days driving the mayor of Dudley to his formal engagements. However the Jag will now be swapped for a pack of huskies and a sleigh when the energetic chauffeur embarks on his gruelling arctic challenge in Northern Norway this March.

Mr Crannage will put his chauffeur duties on hold for seven days as he tackles his new challenge. The course will see the 51-year-old travel across a 250 kilometre course through freezing conditions where temperatures often plummet to -30c. The chauffeur from Dudley will be expected to put in 8-10 hour days mostly running alongside the huskies, and steering the sleigh through the rough terrain.

The gruelling trip requires plenty of physical stamina and fitness, something Mr Crannage has in bucket loads. Coming from an army background, the mayor’s attendant is accustomed to hard work, and enjoys keeping fit by running marathons regularly.

All of the money raised from the expedition will be donated to the Mayor of Dudley’s favoured causes. Mr Crannage has previously raised money for the Mayor’s charities, namely Dudley Stroke Association, and Dudley Mind and The Open Stage Learning Group.

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