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SANTAS ANTARTIC RUN FOR KATE'S CHARITY.After breaking ice for the first time this Austral Summer 20 members of HMS Protector ship's company took to the ice dressed as Santa Claus in support of the shipi's affiliated charity, East Anglian Children's Hospice..Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is the Royal Patron of the charity having visited the Treehouse in Ipswich in March 2012, where she made a first public speech..The Santa run was conducted on ice in the waters surrounding Deception Island, a dormant,  water-filled caldera volcano, one of only two in the world. .Breaking through a sheet of snow covered ice before coming to a planned stop, HMS Protector, the Royal Navy's 5,000 tonne Ice Patrol Ship took position and disembarked her personnel to test the ice conditions and drill ice core samples to ensure the ice was safe..East Anglian Children's Hospice conducts nine Santa runs across Essex and East Anglia throughout the festive period, raising thousands of pounds for the charity_18/12/2012.Picture Shows: HMS Protector's Santas spell out EACH whilst on the ice..Mandatory Credit Photo: ©A Hoare/NEWSPIX INTERNATIONAL..**ALL FEES PAYABLE TO: "NEWSPIX INTERNATIONAL"**..IMMEDIATE CONFIRMATION OF USAGE REQUIRED:.Newspix International, 31 Chinnery Hill, Bishop's Stortford, ENGLAND CM23 3PS.Tel:+441279 324672  ; Fax: +441279656877.Mobile:  07775681153.e-mail: info@newspixinternational.co.uk
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