SIX polar explorers have been awarded special commemorative medals manufactured in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter.

The six men - Nigel Warwick, Brian Amos, Andrew Taylor, Paul Taroni, Alex Parker and John Donvan - all walked to the North Pole to raise money for the charity Sparks.  They were joined on their expedition by Alan Chambers MBE and Dr Ed Coates.

When they reached their destination, Mr Taylor awarded each member of the expedition a stunning 18-caret white gold medal he had specially commissioned from manufacturer Toye & Co. Members of the support team were recognised with silver replicas of the main expedition medals.

Fiona Toye, chief executive of the firm - Birmingham’s oldest manufacturer, said: “We are delighted to have been able to design and manufacture these medals. Their’s is an extraordinary achievement for a wonderful cause; we congratulate them and are very proud to have played even this small part.”

Sparks supports research into conditions that prevent children from being born healthy or who suffer during the early years of life. It works with leading doctors and research teams in the UK to ensure it funds the highest quality research with the greatest change of saving and changing lives forever.