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Do you have what it takes to take on a Virtual Charity Challenge?

April 6, 2020

Just because we are self-isolating, it does not mean our fundraising and training needs to be put on hold. In fact, some would say we have been given an “opportunity” to finally focus on ourselves and kick start a new training regime.

The latest advice from Public Health England is to:

  • Stay at home
  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Do not meet others, even friends or family.

So as we all adjust to the new way of being, why not take on a Virtual Charity Challenge.

What is a Virtual Charity Challenge?

We have turned a selection of your favourite Charity Challenge trek and bike challenges into virtual challenges so everyone can continue to fundraise and train at home. Hooray!

Virtual Charity Challenge

Virtual Peak Challenge

Climb the equivalent height of your favourite mountain on your stairs or steps at home. This is also a good opportunity to test out any new gear and ensure everything is well worn in for when your Charity Challenge event takes place. To keep the peace at home please ensure all muddy boots are spotless before you commence the challenge! To make it even more challenging we recommend you add some weight to your day pack, this is guaranteed to get the heart pumping.

  • Scafell Pike, 978m, England, 6,180 steps, 412 flights
  • Snowdon, 1085m, Wales, 7,120 steps, 475 flights
  • Ben Nevis, 1345m, Scotland, 8,810 steps, 587 flights
  • Mont Blanc, 4810m, France, 30,420 steps, 2,028 flights
  • Kilimajaro, 5895m, Tanzania, 38,680 steps, 2,578 flights
  • Everest, 8848m, Nepal, 58,070 steps, 3,871 flights
Virtual Charity Challenge

Virtual Cycling Challenge

Hop on your bike and pedal the distance of your favourite Charity Challenge cycling events. If you want to ride indoors, you have two options:  create your own indoor cycling setup at home, for which you’ll either need a turbo trainer (which turns your regular bike into an indoor trainer) or a dedicated indoor training bike. If you go outside, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times.

Virtual Trekking or Running Challenge

Trek or run the distance of your favourite UK and overseas Charity Challenge treks.  To carry out this challenge at home you have four options:

  1. Invest in a treadmill. As far as exercise equipment goes, treadmills are one of the easiest to use, although may be a little pricey
  2. Trekking / running inside your home or garden. Map out a route and try to cause as little damage as possible! Try not to interrupt anyone at home, and please don’t ruin any carpets or flower beds in the process
  3. Trekking / running in place. One of the biggest advantages choosing this option is doesn’t require much space—in fact, you really only need to be able to take 1-2 steps in a single direction! Just find a perfect spot and start stepping.
  4. If you go outside, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times.

How do I take part in a Virtual Charity Challenge?

It is super easy to get involved. All you need to do is follow the below steps and you are in!

  1. Decide what Virtual Charity Challenge you and / or your household / team would like to take part in and take note of how many steps or what distance is required to complete the challenge
  2. Choose a charity to support and set up a justgiving page to start fundraising for them
  3. Ensure you have an option to track your performance. There are multiple options on the market, we have selected a few of our favourites below: Fitbit, Strava, Map My Walk, Map My Run, Steps App, RunKeeper, Apple Watch, Apple Health, and Google Fit
  4. Commence the challenge and share your progress with us on social media. Don’t forget to tag us in your posts to be included in the Virtual Charity Challenge:
  5. If you are competing with a virtual team tag the person you are handing over to
  6. Once you have completed the challenge, share the fitness app or phone screenshot on social media, and don’t forget to tag us so we can message you a jpeg certificate of completion for you to share with all your supporters
  7. Now it’s time for you to challenge someone else! Nominate the person who you think could take on this challenge by tagging them in your social post – then it’s up to them! 

Why should I take part in a Virtual Charity Challenge?

Support a cause that is close to your heart

During these unsettling times our charity partners need our support more than ever. The current situation puts them in an extremely vulnerable position as a huge portion of their income comes directly from fundraising events such as the London Marathon and other challenge events and races which they have now lost. Now is the time we all need to come together to ensure we can continue to help those most in need.

Improves your mood

It’s true, one of the best ways to handle a stressful day at work, or a hectic home-life is to pound it all away with a run, or an exercise DVD or some aerobic sessions. When you exercise, endorphins are released and start coursing through your system, releasing a wave of positive vibes, which makes everything seem just that bit more manageable! April is Stress Awareness Month so there is no better time to get involved and support your mental health.

Helps you lose weight

This is rather an obvious one, but it’s such a massive benefit of getting fit that we had to include it in the list! Fast-paced interval training is the best for fat burning, whilst jogging and regular exercise sessions are great at building your metabolism.

Lowers blood pressure

When you run, stretch and exercise your arteries get flexed, in effect giving them as much of a workout as you are giving the rest of your body. So, by keeping your arteries flexed and wide, you’ll be lowering your risk and developing high blood pressure.

Personal development

Every loves the feeling of completing a challenge. The level of self-worth increases dramatically when we put our minds to something, and we succeed. In our current world we find ourselves losing control of our regular way of being. This is a chance to take back some control, to keep focused and energised during these unsettling times.


So there you have it, very easy steps to take on a Virtual Charity Challenge while we are all riding the wave of the Corona virus (COVID-19). We cannot wait to see your progress online – don’t forget to tag us using #virtualcharitychallenge so that we can see how you get on!

Good luck, stay safe and stay at home.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak Advisory

March 30, 2020

Updated : 30th March

As the Covid-19 situation continues, we at Charity Challenge continue to monitor and assess the various updates, guidelines and requirements being released from Public Heath England and the UK Government in order to guide the actions that need to be taken with the upcoming UK and overseas challenges.  

During these unsettling times our Charity partners need our support more than ever.  The current situation puts them in an extremely vulnerable position as a huge portion of their income comes directly from fundraising events such as the London Marathon and other challenge events and races which they have now lost.  Now is the time we all need to come together to ensure we can continue to help those most in need. It is our priority to ensure that, where feasibly and practically possible, all Charity Challenge events will run later in the year if they are able to do so, so that we can continue to support our charity partners.  

Depending on destination, departures within an approximate three to six-month rolling timeframe are being rescheduled, postponed or in rare instances cancelled.  Participants, corporate clients and charity partners are being contacted directly for their particular trip and we would be grateful for everyone to wait for these initial communications from us. 

The Charity Challenge team, like many businesses, have reduced its staffing levels as we have initially postponed almost all of the challenges that would otherwise have been operating from March to June this year.

UK Challenges

  • We have rescheduled all April and May challenges to later in the year and we are currently in the process of rescheduling our June challenges.
  • Currently all of our UK challenges from July onwards are set to take place as planned. We will, of course, update you should this change.

Overseas Challenge

  • We have cancelled, or postponed, all challenges from March-July to later in the year, or to early next year.
  • Currently all of our overseas challenges from August onwards are set to take place as planned. We will, of course, update you should this change.

We have thousands of participants on dozens of challenges that we are trying to support, and we ask you to please be patient and understanding of the situation, as it may take us slightly longer than usual to respond to your query.  We will do our best to get back to you ASAP and we are prioritising the challenges in chronological order.  

If you cannot reach us on the phone, please send your enquiry to info@charitychallenge.com and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as we can. 

For all the trips later in the year which we hope will not be affected, if you are worried about fundraising when you are social distancing then the team at Charity Challenge have put their creative hats on and come up with the following ideas to help: https://bit.ly/3djryeN 

Please stay safe, follow the government guidelines and where possible take advantage of opportunities to keep mentally and physically fit so that you are in good health to tackle your Charity Challenge when it can be done! 


Updated : 16th March

In response to fast-moving events, including the ever more restrictive travel actions being imposed by countries globally, Charity Challenge has taken the blanket step to cancel all remaining overseas trips up to the end of May this year.  All participants have been contacted and offered a postponement, a transfer onto another trip or a full refund.  Subsequent overseas trips will be reviewed on a rolling basis in conjunction with the prevailing Covid-19 situation.  It is guaranteed that the outbreak will end – the only question is when!

For those on UK trips, the outlook is more positive, although under constant review to ensure adherence to government advice.  At this moment all our UK trips will run as planned and should there be any changes participants will be informed immediately.

In the meantime, our thoughts are with you all; our loyal customers, our supportive charity and corporate partners and our dependable operational partners all over the world, and we wish everyone to be sensible, remain positive and to stay safe and secure until this is over. We have put together some Frequently Asked Questions here


Updated : 11th March

As a result of the Covid-19 spread, some governments are implementing strict entry restrictions or bans on travellers who have recently lived in or passed through affected areas, including Italy as the most recent example.  Travellers are responsible for ensuring they satisfy the entry requirements into a country and Charity Challenge would encourage all participants to check their own situations regularly and also ahead of travel, especially if they have visited an affected area recently.  It is also advised that entry requirements, be that visas or electronic travel authorities, are checked to confirm they are still valid, as some governments have annulled existing documentation and require travellers to re-register as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

For the latest information and advice please use the following links to the international WHO, Public Heath England’s NaTHNaC and the relevant destination from the UK’s FCO.

Charity Challenge will continue to closely monitor events and provide updates as necessary.  It is important for Charity Challenge employees and its overseas partners, many of whom are small businesses or family owned enterprises whose livelihood relies entirely on the travel industry, that participants continue to travel as long as it is safe to do so.  Safety, however, will always come first.


Updated: 28th February

The Covid-19 outbreak continues to spread globally and the WHO provides good daily summary situation reports.  An aspect that doesn’t gain much media attention are the recovery rates which are slowly but steadily increasing; statistics which are good news given the levelling off (certainly in China) of the total caseload.  A good online interactive real time statistics dashboard has been produced by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, USA.              

Charity Challenge customers can continue to book trips with confidence, knowing that they are in safe hands. 

Currently there is no advice against travel to any of the destinations that Charity Challenge operates in, other than China. Imminent trips to China have already been postponed and challenges for later in the year are planned to run as normal; they are of course constantly under review.

If at any point a booking is affected such that Charity Challenge cannot provide the challenge itinerary in that country, customers will be offered the chance to postpone the challenge, to book on to another destination, or to receive a full refund.

Charity Challenge is committed to ensuring all its customers continue to remain in safe hands during this global outbreak.  Charity Challenge recognises that the situation is changing rapidly and is monitoring things very carefully. 


Updated: 31st January

ADVICE TO TRAVELLING PARTICIPANTS

Charity Challenge will continue to be directed by relevant government authorities regarding health and safety in connection to the coronavirus outbreak.  Currently, the only official UK government travel advisory (from the FCO) to avoid travel is to China and it is currently deemed safe to travel to all other Charity Challenge destinations.  Should that change, the groups and individuals affected will be contacted directly to discuss options and to make alternative arrangements.

All travelling participants, wherever they are going in the world, are requested to apply a high degree of awareness and common sense in the run up to, and during an expedition.   Charity Challenge is committed to not becoming a part of the problem!

Participants are requested to apply a high degree of self-regulation to avoid joining a trip as an infected individual and spreading it, and to avoid contracting or spreading it whilst overseas.  The following is advised:

Prior to Departure

Check the latest travel advisories in your home country and follow the guidelines carefully.  Authoritative advice for UK citizens can be found at NHS Scotland’s fitfortravel and Public Health England’s National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).  The advice and guidelines can sometimes be targeted at those travelling specifically to China but Charity Challenge considers these sensible precautions regardless of expedition destination.  

Limit your risk to exposure by avoiding people or places where risks of infection may be high.  Following your country’s official guidelines carefully will reduce your chances of unwittingly becoming a carrier. 

Do not join a trip if you feel ill or think you may have been exposed to the virus.   There are early reports that the virus can spread asymptomatically i.e. the virus may be transmitted to you via an infected individual who has no idea themselves that they are infected and who shows no signs or symptoms of being ill.  Please do not risk the health of your fellow expedition companions.

Ensure you have adequate health cover to ensure comprehensive cover should you fall ill prior to the trip and have to cancel or require medical support and /or evacuation on the trip itself.

Take extra hand cleansing products such as alcohol-based hand washes.  Currently there is insufficient evidence to support the use of face masks but that may change. If however, you feel more comfortable when transiting airports, you may consider wearing a face mask.

During the Expedition

Maintain extremely high hand and personal hygiene standards.  Hand washing with soap, water and clean towels regularly is the best and, where not available, use alcohol-based hand cleansers.  Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, use tissues only once, disposing of them promptly and carefully, wash hands frequently.

Avoid sharing personal items like drinking bottles

Avoid close contact with people who appear unwell and their personal items

If you become unwell with a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, promptly seek medical attention through your Challenge Leader.  Follow all medical advice given.

On Return Home

Pay attention to your health on return, particularly over the first 14 days.

If you develop symptoms such as those mentioned above or any other ‘Flu like’ or respiratory illness during this period, follow your country’s guidelines carefully, which will likely suggest calling medical providers by telephone in the first instance for advice, to avoid inadvertently spreading the virus.  In England the advice is to call NHS 111 and explain your circumstances.

Inform Charity Challenge immediately if you develop symptoms so that others in the group can be informed, authorities contacted, and any control measures can swiftly be put into action.

Charity Challenge will continue to adhere to international guidelines and be directed by official government authorities.  Participants are advised to keep abreast of developments and apply caution.  Charity Challenge is confident that trips will be run safely and just request participants to play their part and help by following the guidelines carefully


Updated: 29th January

The outbreak continues to spread with confirmed case numbers and fatalities increasing, although mostly still limited to China; numbers outside China are generally still low and mostly single digit.  There are four cases in Europe: three in France and one in Germany.  There have now been reports of the first cases of domestic infection outside of China, in Japan and Germany.  Currently patients commonly present with mild illness although roughly 20% of patients suffer severe symptoms; its widely believed to still predominantly be a risk for the elderly or those with compromised health.

In what is now very much a globally coordinated effort to halt the spread the disease, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has now advised against all but essential travel to mainland China

Furthermore, companies are independently responding, including suspending flights to China.  The global effort to address this emergency is phenomenal, particularly from China itself, and confidence in managing this epidemic is currently high.  The outlook is hard to predict but experts in China suggest that the epidemic could peak in as little as a week to 10 days.

Due to the new FCO advice against travel to China, Charity Challenge will be cancelling all trips to China that are due to depart over the next 2 months and remain confident that existing trips departing later in the year will remain unaffected. 

Groups and individuals whose challenges are affected by this cancellation are being contacted directly to discuss options and to make alternative arrangements.

This advisory will be updated regularly and should any developments in the situation seem likely to impact on challenges scheduled for later in the year, we will contact the relevant participants and groups immediately to discuss options.


Updated: 27th January

The novel (new) coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, outbreak is spreading as predicted with the first reportedly officially recognised cases in Europe reported in France on Friday 24th January from patients who had all travelled from Wuhan; the key factor being these were not transmissions from human to human within Europe, as is happening in China, although it is widely accepted as just a matter of time before this changes.

The number of confirmed cases in mainland China has reportedly risen to almost 3,000, including 81 fatalities.  At this stage the majority of deaths are still linked to either the elderly or those with pre-existing respiratory problems.

As the outbreak progresses the WHO continues to prepare, coordinate and update on a global level, and governments are responding accordingly.  The FCO have increased the restrictions and now advise against all travel to Hubei Province.

Charity Challenge continues to monitor the situation closely.


Original Advisory: 23rd January

Overview

Charity Challenge has been monitoring the latest developments with the China coronavirus outbreak which was first detected in late December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, a region which Charity Challenge groups do not visit.

As of 22 January there have been 440 cases and 9 fatalities officially reported, including 10 cases (but no fatalities) in Beijing, a city which does feature on Charity Challenge itineraries.  In addition, the virus has spread from infected individuals from Wuhan to Thailand (2 cases), Japan (1 case), the Republic of Korea (1 case), Taiwan (1 case) and the United States of America (1 case).  The virus is thought to be part of the wide family of diseases which includes the less severe common cold and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) which people recall from 2003. Current unverified reports suggest most of the fatalities have been amongst the elderly or those suffering from other chronic diseases.

It is currently too early to assess the impact this will have in China, regionally in SE Asia and globally and most authorities are waiting for more information upon which to make judgements.  The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently only advise against all but essential travel to Wuhan itself, and Public Health England state the risks to travellers to Wuhan itself is moderate and advise travellers there to maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene.  The World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend any restrictions to travel or trade and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC), Fit For Travel and the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China are monitoring the situation closely and providing updates regularly.

What Charity Challenge is doing

The response by Charity Challenge will be very much dictated by the advice and instructions from higher national and international authorities.  

As a precautionary measure however, Charity Challenge is re-screening the medical declarations of all participants who are due to travel to China and countries in south-eastern Asia over the next 6 months, who may be at greater risk to respiratory illnesses.

With such a quickly evolving and dynamic event happening, it is too early to predict the outcome of this outbreak and undoubtedly there will be much discussion and development over the next few weeks / months.  We continue to monitor the major sources of reliable information such as the FCO and the WHO.

The first Charity Challenge trips to the region are not departing until late March and currently there is no reason to cancel or find alternative options for these trips.  Charity Challenge, along with their Chinese in-country partners who are already in contact, will continue to monitor the situation closely and should anything change that may impact on the safe delivery of the challenge, any affected groups will be contacted directly.

Participants should direct any concerns to Charity Challenge who have dedicated staff responsible for safety and security.

Information

How to fundraise when you are social distancing?

March 22, 2020

As we all go through this uncertain climate with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) a common question from our challengers is how can I fundraise when I am social distancing? Fear not! The team at Charity Challenge have put their creative hats on and come up with the following ideas:

How to fundraise when you are social distancing?

Spring Clean

It is officially the start of Spring so there is no better time to have a clear out! We all have that hidden place at home where we keep unused toys, homeware, unwanted gifts etc. For anything that is still in good condition you can sell on platforms such as Ebay, Amazon Marketplace, Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace, and Shopify. Please ensure that you clean and disinfect everything before passing them on.

How to fundraise when you are social distancing?

Neighbourhood Support

This can be a scary time for those who are unable to leave their homes. Offer up your services to your neighbours currently self-isolating by dog walking, shopping, car washing, rubbish collection, gardening etc. Just print off some cards offering your services, deliver them through your neighbours letter boxes and wait for the phone to ring.

Live Stream Events

Fundraising events do not need to stop just because we need to social distance. We live in the digital era so now is the perfect time to use your creative skills and live stream an event.

What events can I live stream?

  • Pretty much anything you can think of! Coffee mornings, Karaoke contest, dance parties, pub quizzes, fitness classes, online auctions, rock-paper-scissors tournament, online gaming tournament, head shaving etc…

What you need to live stream?

  • Laptop or phone, microphone, speakers, internet access, and a tripod or a steady hand!

What platforms can I use?

How to fundraise when you are social distancing?

Practise Social Distancing Outdoors

Lots of people are unsure if they are still able to go outside. Sport England quoted that “being as active as possible really matters during this period – not just for your physical health but also for your well-being”. The official advice from Public Health England is constantly evolving, but right now once everyone meets the guidance on social distancing the outdoors is not out of bounds. Hooray!! This means you can still get outside and set yourself a fundraising challenge such as a 5k run or a 10km walk.

Private Tuition

Release your inner teacher and put your previous training to use by offering private tuition online via Skype, from French to flamenco!

How to fundraise when you are social distancing?

Art & Crafts

Keep the kids and yourself occupied with your favourite arts & crafts. Not only is this a great way to fundraise, this is a fantastic activity for your mental health. The joy of creating something from scratch offers unlimited satisfaction and pride! Ideas such as card making, flower arrangements, wreaths, table centre pieces, friendship bracelets, jewellery making, knitting, crochet, candles, fairy doors, decorations, etc.. The possibilities are endless!


Do you have any further creative ideas on how to fundraise when you are social distancing? We would to hear them. Please share via Facebook , Instagram, Twitter or email us at info@charitychallenge.com

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) FAQ’s

March 13, 2020

Charity Challenge has been in business for over 20 years and in that time has had to face a number of situations affecting travel including SARS, terrorism, volcanic explosions, Bird Flu, Ebola, Zika, strikes, war and threat of war and many other scenarios.  It has been stressful at times, but we have managed to get through them all and we remain hopeful and confident that the peak of the current pandemic will be reached in the coming few months and that things will return to normality soon after.

We appreciate that with 24-hour updates from around the world, first-hand accounts, videos, statistics, maps and live streams, it’s hard to not feel impacted even though most of us continue to go about our daily lives the same as before Covid-19 was named! We catch the tube, go to work, visit friends, eat in restaurants and meet friends and family.

We know that you have questions around your bookings with Charity Challenge, or perhaps you are considering what to do about making a booking and wanting to know what your options are. I hope the following Q&As will help you but please do email us if you have any other questions.

We will do our best to respond to you ASAP but as you will see below, we are prioritising the enquiries from participants for trips departing in the next few weeks and please be understanding if it takes a little longer than usual to respond to any emails.

What happens if I make a booking with Charity Challenge and the trip can’t run due to Covid-19?

Please rest assured that if Charity Challenge cannot operate a challenge in the host country due to Covid-19, we will offer you a number of options including:

  • the chance to postpone your challenge to a later departure (this year or next)
  • to join any Charity Challenge trip in another country (this year or next)
  • to receive a refund of monies paid for the challenge

Please note there are no admin fees to either postpone or change destinations, should we be forced to cancel your existing challenge.

What if I postpone the challenge and then the later trip is also affected?

Even if you move on to another challenge later in the year or next year, if we still find ourselves in a position where we cannot operate the challenge in the host country, we will offer you the same options as above, to postpone, to change trips or to receive a refund.

What if the challenge costs are different on the new challenge I ask to move on to?

Depending on which payment option you have booked with, we will either invoice you or refund you on the difference between the registration fees, and you will either have to raise more or less sponsorship based on the new challenge minimum sponsorship levels.

When will you make the decision if you have to cancel my challenge?

We currently have 1000s of participants booked on hundreds of challenges over the next 24 months. As you would expect, we are prioritising groups that are departing imminently and will continue to work through the next challenges in date order. 

On what basis are you deciding whether to cancel or not?

We are continuously monitoring the advice from the UK authorities (Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and Public Health England (PHE)), the global health authorities (World Health Organisation (WHO)), the government advice from the host countries we are travelling to, our ground agent’s perspective of things on the ground, the airlines we fly with, and a number of other national government authorities including the US State Department, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Canadian government travel advisories. If we are advised against travel by the FCO or prevented from operating your challenge in the host country due to local restrictions, we will cancel your challenge.

How long before my trip will you let us know if you are going to cancel the challenge?

There is no set time to make this decision, but we will try and let you know around 2-3 weeks before departure if the advice is against travel. Advice that is in place today, could be lifted tomorrow, and there could be no negative travel advice today but yet it is added tomorrow. The situation is very changeable, and where we can still operate your challenge, we will do so. If advice has been against travel and this is still in place 2-3 weeks before departure, we will ensure we speak to you individually and communicate your options.

What if I want to cancel anyway?

We respect that some people may feel more comfortable staying at home, and not travelling regardless of the destination or official advice. If you choose to cancel, we will action your request but where we are still able to operate the challenge, our standard cancellation terms will apply (see terms and conditions).

What if my trip is ground only and I have booked flights myself?

What precautions are the airlines doing to protect the spread of infection/

  • A lot more cleaning – Surfaces can harbour the virus, so janitorial staff at airports across the country are cleaning more frequently and paying special attention to disinfecting high-touch areas like handrails, elevator buttons, door handles, counter tops and food court areas. Planes will also undergo enhanced cleaning, according to multiple airlines.
  • Hand sanitizer everywhere – Passengers are more likely to see hand sanitizer on ticket counters, at boarding gates, customer service desks, baggage service offices and lounges. Airlines are setting up their own hand sanitizer dispensers at places like check-in counters and gates in addition to the ones the airports are installing.

Am I going to have to go into quarantine or self-isolate when I get home?

At this moment, there are currently no challenges departing to any country in the world, where you will be asked to self-isolate or be automatically quarantined when you arrive back in the UK.

Are some countries monitoring people on arrival?

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What happens if I, or someone else in the group become’s ill whilst on a Charity Challenge?

What happens if I am quarantined in the host country?

What if I am denied entry into the country?

Am I going to have to go into quarantine or self-isolate when I get home?

At this moment, there are currently no challenges departing to any country in the world, where you will be asked to self-isolate or be automatically quarantined when you arrive back in the UK.

Is my travel insurance policy likely to cover me if I am affected by Covid-19?

Do I have to pay my balance for imminent trips, or can I wait and see?

Please rest assured that if we cannot provide your trip in the host country due to Covid-19, we will offer you a number of options, or a full refund.

Please note that the details are changing on a daily basis, so this article is correct at the time of going to print and some information may change as things progress. If in doubt, please do ask.

We’re here to help.

Destination

Why join a Fabulous Challenge?

March 10, 2020

Since its inception in 2014, Fabulous challenges have taken 327 inspirational trekkers to 6 iconic destinations, hiking over 270 miles to raise £1.2 million for charity. This year they are off to Petra, Jordan.

So, why should you join Team Fabulous in 2020?

The Destination

From the 27th September – 4th October 2020, Team Fabulous are heading to the ancient, hidden ‘red-rose’ city of Petra, a UNESCO world heritage site. Named one of the new seven wonders of the world, Petra is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Some of you may recognise the iconic lost city from Indiana Jones and the last crusade! On this 8-day challenge you will trek along a breath-taking section of the Jordan Trail, experience floating in crystal clear waters of the iconic Dead Sea, explore the culture of Amman and enjoy the views of the promised land from Mount Nebo.

The Charity

This year, Fabulous Challenges have teamed with Jo’s Trust, the UK’s leading Cervical Cancer charity.  Nine women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every day and 220,000 are diagnosed with cell changes, often needing treatment.  Jo’s Trust want to see cervical cancer become a disease of the past and are working hard to get to that day through campaigns and education programmes.

With the number of women attending smear tests at an all-time low, we are looking to raise the profile of this hugely important charity, and we need the help of all you wonderful trekkers!

Celebrity Captains

Fabulous Challenges have historically been joined by a whole host of famous faces, including Vicky Pattison, Frankie Bridge, Olivia & Alex Bowen, Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts, Chloe Madeley and Mario Falcone (to name a few!)

By joining us on this challenge, you will trek alongside two celebrity team captains, to be announced at the group information session… watch this space!

Your Team

From the first information session, training days, all the way through to your challenge and beyond, the bond you create with your team will last a lifetime!

How to sign up

Register your interest here to join the Fabulous’ Challenge Trek to Petra to help raise life-saving funds for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust!

Inspiration

Lets celebrate Inspirational women this International Woman’s Day

March 6, 2020

Many female explorers, adventurers and pioneers have been forgotten in history, so to celebrate International Women’s Day, we’ve highlighted some inspirational women who have led explorations from Victorian times to today.

International Woman's Day - Kerry Banks

Kerry Banks

Charity Challenger Kerry is not only a tireless adventurer, having taken on some of the toughest Charity Challenges such as Trek Machu Picchu and Sahara Desert Trek, she’s a tireless campaigner and fundraiser. To date she has raised £214,500 in memory of her friend Julie and is an ambassador for Breast Cancer Now. As if that wasn’t enough, in 2020 she has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. We can not wait to see her again on our Dalai Lama Himalayan trek later this year.

Isabella Bird

“I have found a dream of beauty at which one might look all one’s life and sigh.” – Isabella Bird Pre-empting the rebellion of the Suffragettes movement in the early 20th century, Isabella Bird overcame the limitations of her gender to become the first woman to be elected a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. An explorer, writer, photographer and naturalist, she began her travels relatively late, at 41, visiting America, Morocco, India, Kurdistan, the Persian Gulf, Iran, Tibet, Malaysia, Korea, Japan and China.

Penny Knight

Never happier than up a mountain, usually declaring to those around her that “life could be worse,” Penny has been lucky enough to fulfill her ambitions and dreams many times over.  Following a career in the Army, she settled down long enough to raise two wonderful children and see them independent and successful before the life of adventure beckoned and she retrained as an Outdoor Instructor. Since then then the Charity Challenge team have been have been lucky to have Penny lead cycling, running, trekking and even horse trekking challenges in many parts of the World, including Iceland, Sumatra, Mongolia, China, Cuba and Madagascar, and she has even written a book about her expeditions! – A Knight Fulfilled.

Bessie Coleman

Incredibly for the time, Bessie Coleman strove against gender and race discrimination to become the first black woman pilot in the world. She flew all over the US, performing aerial tricks and lecturing to raise funds for an African-American flying school until sadly she died during an air show rehearsal at the age of 34.

International Woman's Day - Kris Hallenga

Kris Hallenga

Another contemporary globe trotter with a cause close to her heart is Kris Hallenga, co-founder of the charity Coppafeel! After being diagnosed with incurable breast cancer in her early 20s, Kris has fought against adversity to campaign for more awareness and education around breast cancer. Coppafeel has completed an impressive seven challenges with Charity Challenge, and is embarking on the eighth this year, on the Sahara Desert Trek.

Freya Stark

Even now the Middle East can be a difficult area to explore as a woman. Freya Stark didn’t let gender barriers hold her back, travelling to remote areas of Turkey in the early 20th century-often on foot or by camel living in Baghdad, and mapping uncharted areas of the Islamic world. She authored more than 24 travel books covering local history, culture and tales of everyday life.

International Woman's Day - Laura Harris

Laura Harris

“You’re doing something amazing, savour it!”- Laura Harris
Charity Challenge Leader Laura Harris has led many awe-inspiring treks across the world, including the Great Wall of China. She believes in embracing the challenge in front of you and that having a team around you is the key to success – whether that’s through sharing support, snacks, or stories.

International Woman's Day - Poppy Jaman OBE

Poppy Jaman OBE

Let’s not forget that this International Women’s Day, there are female adventurers trekking across mountains, fields and roads less travelled right now – many of them in the name of charity. Poppy Jaman OBE is one of these intrepid women, currently on our Andean Volcano Charity Challenge acting as a mental health ambassador, supporting a group of HSBC trekkers as they raise awareness and money for mental health charities. As well as trekking across volcanoes, Poppy is an internationally respected mental health advocate, national policy advisor and global voice of authority on workplace mental health. Her vision is to create mentally healthy workplaces globally.

Could you follow in the footsteps of these female trailblazers? Embark on a tough charity challenge like our Amazon Survivor Challenge, Trek to Petra or Sahara Desert Trek.