Lydia Rose Bright, Start of The Only Way is Essex
“What an experience! It was truly magical and unforgettable, from beginning to end. Cycling gave us the chance to see the real India: the more we saw it, the more we wanted to see.”
Lydia Bright, Star of The Only Way is Essex - The Rajasthan Tiger Challenge
Laura Felstead, Participent
"The Charity Challenge experience is flawless from start to finish. The team and leaders became like family, and you can have the time of your life while raising thousands of pounds for charity."
Laura Felstead, Great Wall Discovery
Lisa Jackson, Chief Executive, The Body Shop Foundation
“When it came to choosing the right challenge organisation to work with, it was VITAL for The Body Shop Foundation to find a highly professional, experienced group to work with. Challenge Charity is exactly that.
From the minute we started; the advice, help and support given at every step has been exceptional. And its the little things that count – the level of attention with the website for members, the updates and emails from group leaders and doctors to reassure our trekkers. All these small but vital drops of encouragement, helped, aided and reassured all those fundraising like mad to complete the trek, all for WaterAid.
Special praise must be given to the team on the trek itself who went out of their way to make the trek as smooth as possible so our trekkers could focus on the challenge itself. We simply can’t thank everyone at Charity Challenge enough for their part in making our event such a success. We simply can not wait for the next one; here's to the next incredible adventure for The Body Shop Foundation and Charity Challenge!"
Lisa Jackson,Chief Executive, The Body Shop Foundation
Lindsay Seeger, Community Engagement Specialist
Working with Charity Challenge in Canada has been great. The workshop about using their back-end system made everything so much easier and we were able to get our page ready to go live quickly. The resources available, the website and the support from the charity challenge team has been fantastic and they have helped every step of the way in this process.
Lindsay Seeger, Community Engagement Specialist at UNICEF Canada
Ali Hutchison - Kilimanjaro
"I cannot thank you or your company enough my Kilimanjaro Trek was unbelievably amazing (whilst also being horrific at the same time if you are talking specifically about summit night). I signed up for Kili with you guys about 18 months ago because I needed to get out of a very dark place in my life. At the time I held the trek as a stepping stone to being able to achieve something by myself, I believed then that if I could climb the mountain I could cope with anything, and it really was about the climb, but the truth is the entire experience has given me 100 times more than I ever expected." Click here to read the full testimonial.
Ali Hutchison - Kilimanjaro Summit Climb
Matt Holdsworth, Everest Base Camp Challenger
"If you ever dreamt of what it might be like to walk amongst the world’s tallest mountains, make it reality and book the Everest Trek through Charity Challenge"
Matt Holdsworth, Everest Base Camp
Thank you Charity Challenge for everything, from pre trip to looking after us whilst we were there. I had such a brilliant and life changing time. I can honestly say that this experience has changed me for the better. I am so much more positive and I believe in myself!I am recommending Charity Challenge to everyone and I will be taking part in a challenge in the near future!
Simone Rogers, Great Wall Discovery
Jennifer Chow, Community Events Coordinator
I think once we get this program up and running off it’s feet, our partnership with Charity Challenge will be truly valuable. Because of this partnership, Second Harvest will be able to offer experiences of a lifetime all in support of our organization. Since this is a new concept in our community, I believe the response will be well received.
The support you receive from the organizers at Charity Challenge is outstanding. Simon and his team are quick to respond and always willing to go the extra mile to help your charity. They are interested in knowing more about you so that they are able to accommodate your needs and guide you every step of the way. Having this support truly gives the charity a better direction on how to work with your donors and promote this fabulous opportunity.
Attending the seminars are very valuable as Simon and his team are very thorough and explain all the finer details that your charity needs to know. Since Charity Challenge offers you so much guidance, support and materials that you can use at your disposal, it is very beneficial that your charity knows how to work through the website and understand the concept of it all from start to finish. The team will also walk you through important questions regarding tax receipting, laws, contracts, etc. that are vital to know.
Jennifer Chow, Community Events Coordinator at Second Harvest Canada
Denise and Fearne
“We had the best time in Peru. From the moment we were greeted at the airport we were so well looked after. Everything from the tents, the food and the kit was brilliant. We would definitely encourage anybody to sign up for one of Breast Cancer Care’s treks which are organised by Charity Challenge. You will be safe in the knowledge that every aspect of your trip will be organised with immense care and precision.”
Denise Van Outen and Fearne Cotton, Machu Picchu
Dr Hilary Jones
“I recently travelled to Haiti with a GMTV camera crew, six months after the earthquake that devastated the island. It was clear from the minute we landed in Port au Prince that the conditions in country were still incredibly tough going, but Charity Challenge handled the logistics with professionalism, flexibility and a great deal of enthusiasm. Our plans changed daily but Charity Challenge and their team on the ground managed our needs and requirements with good humour and attention to detail. It was clear that a lot of hard work had gone into the preparation of the challenge, which went a long way towards ensuring the trip was a big success.”
Dr Hilary Jones, Haiti Community Challenge
Managing Director, Accenture 2009
“Charity Challenge organized and led our VSO trek to the top of Kilimanjaro. The organization and execution was faultless – every aspect of the trip was anticipated and planned meticulously from the point of committing to undertaking the challenge 10 months before departure to boarding the flight home. Our trek leader, Raj Bhasin and medic, Daz Jones were consummate professionals and it was clear from the outset their prime objective was for the health, wellbeing and success of our individual and team endeavours. Everyone from Charity Challenge possessed an infectious passion for the challenge in hand and this translated to a great team atmosphere not limited to the trekkers but extending to the porters and support staff. This really was a great experience and I wouldn’t hesitate to participate in a trek organized by Charity Challenge in the future
Sally Field, Head of Global Finance
"The network building was the best I have seen during my 18 years at Reuters. No other challenge provides such powerful results whilst making a positive difference.”
Gail Johnson, Head of Social Responsibility
"It has engaged our people at every level, capturing their imaginations and is an investment in the community way beyond traditional cheque giving."
Jillian Baillie, Manager, HBOS Foundation
"The volunteering opportunities helped us to develop and motivate loyal employees who shared similar values. They engaged and empowered our employees to make a real difference."
Benet Slay, Managing Director
"A real programme with real impact - the fund raising efforts have energised the business and the contribution in the community has genuinely changed people's lives."
Kati Holloway, Marketing Director
"Going was no less than life changing."
David Harvey, Marketing Director
"I was extremely impressed by the organization."
Andy Lewis, Director Health, Safety and Environment
“Serco's 47,000 people are are its most precious asset. We are committed to providing a safe working environment for them, wherever they are. I strongly feel that communitychallenge share our concerns and commitment to the wellbeing of Serco people. I’m impressed at the meticulous planning and risk assessment carried out before the start of the programme and which has continued throughout.”
Stephen Howard, Managing Director
"A profound programme that really engages business teams."
Amanda Bowman, Programmes Director, IBLF
"communitychallenge provides a terrific way for companies to respond to employees’ requests to give more than money in terms of their time, talent, expertise and energy in response to disasters around the world. Participating in communitychallenge can provide enormous personal and professional development opportunities for employees. But equally importantly it can completely transform their perceptions of the countries, challenges and opportunities facing the communities they visit."
Richard Pollock, H.R. Director
"Individuals from across the globe became a highly motivated, focussed and inclusive work group. Months after returning, they still think, communicate and act as a team."
Julie Arnold, Executive Assistant
“The event went really well and all 24 CA staff completed the challenge. The expedition leaders were excellent and took care of us brilliantly from the moment they picked us up at Glasgow airport until we left the hotel on Monday morning so please pass on our heartfelt thanks to them.”
Dominic Harrison, CEO Gala Coral Group
Gala Coral Group benefited enormously from the team trek to Everest Base Camp. The trek provided a positive focal point for all our staff, and has created strong relationships across our business divisions.
Additionally, the trek, and Gala’s ‘World’s highest game of bingo’ generated very positive news coverage for the Group providing a fun and positive profile, whilst also reinforcing our charitable aims and our support of Sue Ryder Care.
I would have no hesitation in recommending a charity challenge to other companies who are looking for team building opportunities, and positive profiling of their company.
Charities and Participant Testimonials