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MEET THE TEAM – SHARMEE SHAH

April 18, 2024

At Charity Challenge we are extremely proud of the amazing crew we have. We know it can be a little daunting joining a challenge for the first time so we thought you might like to meet the team in advance of your Charity Challenge. Today we introduce you to our Finance Executive – Sharmee Shah

Charity Challenge Finance Executive, Sharmee Shah

Name

Sharmee Shah

How long have you been part of the Charity Challenge team?

I will be completing 16 years this year and am one of the longest serving team members at Charity Challenge.

Charity Challenge Finance Executive, Sharmee Shah

What’s your role at Charity Challenge?

I work within the Finance team as a Finance Executive. This involves dealing with day-to-day financial queries with the various stakeholders.

Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did before joining Charity Challenge?

Being born and brought up in Kenya, I discovered a passion for travel at a young age spending large parts of my holidays in the various world-famous Game Parks at my doorstep. Since graduating, I always worked in travel both back in Kenya and the UK.

Charity Challenge Finance Executive, Sharmee Shah

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy the flexibility, work-life balance and above all being part of a fantastic team.

What advice would you give someone who is looking to do a Charity Challenge?

Apart from physical readiness it is important to read all the professional advice, information and the FAQs provided by Charity Challenge. Also, it’s good to research about the culture and traditions of the countries in which you are looking to do the challenge.

Charity Challenge Finance Executive, Sharmee Shah

What’s been your favourite charity challenge (so far)?

I am yet to join a Charity Challenge. I’m still waiting to choose from the chocolate box! I did however do a 2-day Sapa Hill Tribe Trek in Vietnam. The scenery was breath-taking, and I am hoping to convince Charity Challenge to re-introduce it back into the portfolio.

Do you have any challenges left on your bucket list?

All the Challenges we offer but at the top of my bucket list is Trek To Petra.

Charity Challenge Finance Executive, Sharmee Shah

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself…

I have spent time with orphaned baby Orangutans as part of a trip to a rescue & rehabilitation sanctuary in Borneo. They are the cheekiest and smartest mammals.

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Tips & Advice

CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT PARTICIPANT DISCOUNTS

April 4, 2024

The kit you use and the clothing you wear can have a huge impact on your challenge experience.  So it’s really important that you have the right kit with you. Keeping warm when its cold, and dry when its wet can make the difference between a great challenge, and a miserable one.

We understand that good kit doesn’t come cheap, and shopping around can be time consuming. So we have teamed up with outdoor clothing and equipment specialists to offer you a range of discounted kit, perfectly tailored to your challenge!

Outdoorhire

Outdoorhire is a leading UK provider of hire equipment for trekking, hiking, snow safety gear, climbing, camping and other activities. They aim to ensure you receive the highest quality products and services. They provide hire equipment from top-ranking brands such as Mountain Hardwear, Montane, Mountain Equipment, Black Diamond, Scarpa and Petzl, all available to hire at a fraction of their retail price. The Outdoorhire team has decades of experience in the outdoors and are passionate about what they do. Based in East Sussex, they courier to anywhere in the United Kingdom. When you’re finished with the equipment they collect it so you don’t have to worry about storing or caring for it.

Outdoorhire are delighted to offer participants a 10% discount off any order. T&C’s apply. Details can be found in your participant account area.

Cotswold Outdoor

For 50 years, Cotswold Outdoor has been helping people explore the landscapes that bring them joy. Offering specialist advice on quality clothing, equipment and accessories from the best outdoor brands. With over 70 stores across the UK, their passionate and knowledgeable staff inspire customers to find the right fit through in-store boot and rucksack fitting services. That’s matched by a genuine commitment to minimising their environmental impact and protecting our happy places by helping customers make the right choice with quality kit that lasts. Supported by in-store services such as expert footwear protection and their Recycle My Gear recycling scheme.

Cotswold Outdoor are delighted to offer participants a 12.5% discount, both in-store and online. T&C’s apply. Details can be found in your participant account area.

Runners Need

Runners Need is built on a philosophy of inspiration, self-improvement and the belief that it’s never too late to start running. With over 60 stores and 8 million active runners across the UK, Runners Need are all about helping runners find the right kit from the world’s best brands to smash their goals. Whatever your run distance, style or terrain, their kit specialists are here to help you every step of the way. That’s matched by a genuine commitment to minimising their environmental impact by helping and encouraging people to buy quality kit that lasts to protect our happy places. Through championing responsible brands, expert services like in-store gait analysis and electronics advice to help you get out there with confidence.

Runners Needs are delighted to offer participants a 12.5% discount, both in-store and online. T&C’s apply. Details can be found in your participant account area.

Snow + Rock

With over four decades of experience, Snow+Rock thrives on pushing boundaries and standing out. Pioneers from the beginning, they continue to champion the best snow and outdoor brands. Bringing customers premium clothing and equipment guaranteed to perform in the wildest landscapes that make you smile. Spanning the UK, Snow+Rock offers one-to-one appointments and personalised advice from dedicated outdoor and snowsports gear specialists, from ski boot and rucksack fittings to custom adventure gear lists. 

Not only helping you find the right gear but supporting Snow+Rock’s commitment to minimising their environmental impact. Encouraging their community to make the right choice with gear that lasts, championing planet-friendly brands and Recycle My Gear services that keep gear out of landfill. Devoted to the finer details that make all the difference, whether you’re a hiker, mountaineer, skier or snowboarder, with their specialist knowledge, there’s no adventure they can’t help you conquer.

Snow + Rock are delighted to offer participants a 12.5% discount, both in-store and online. T&C’s apply. Details can be found in your participant account area.

Water-to-Go

Water-to-Go is a water filter bottle that eliminates up to 99.9999% of all microbiological contaminants including viruses, bacteria, chemicals, and heavy metals from any non-saltwater source in the world, providing safe drinking water wherever you are. The filters used in the BPA free water bottles are created based on technology originally developed for the NASA space programme.

Responsible travel has always underpinned the mission at Charity Challenge, but now we want to go further to reduce our impact on the environment and, among other initiatives, by reducing single-use plastic pollution. Charity Challenge customers can help with this by taking a Water-to-Go filter bottle with them.

By purchasing a Water-to-Go product using the code found in your participant account area, you will receive a 15% discount, and 15% of the sale will also towards Charity Challenge and their projects. T&C’s apply.

Nomad Travel

Nomad Travel has been pioneering the art of travel preparation since 1990, combining a travel clinic, travel pharmacy & kitting out service that is unique in the UK. Their clinics have assisted thousands of people to ensure they leave prepared health-wise for their trip. As well as general advice about your destination, vaccinations and information about malaria tablets, you will also be able to discuss any health issues you might be worried about when travelling abroad.

Nomad shops are staffed with travel experts who are extensively trained to ensure our customers leave fully prepared for whichever adventure they have planned. They have the right gear in their branches and on their website for every eventuality whether our customers are heading into murky Jungle or trekking across the harsh desert.

Nomad Travel are delighted to offer participants a 15% discount, to save on your travel preparations in-clinic. T&C’s apply. Details can be found in your participant account area.

Sporttape

At Charity Challenge we know being injured sucks. Using kinesiology tape and sports tapes can help protect you against injury (especially blisters!) and support recovery.  Our Challenge Leaders have been using these products for years, however now we want to make them accessible to you, our participants.  That is why we are delighted to announce our new partnership with SPORTTAPE.

SPORTTAPE was born out of a passion to help other athletes (get injured less and recover faster). They are a family business, with sport in their DNA, and they are on a mission to support a million athletes a week with tapes they can trust.

SPORTTAPE are delighted to offer participants a 10% discount to all Charity Challenge participants. T&C’s apply. Details can be found in your participant account area.

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Tips & Advice

NUTRITION AND HYDRATION ON A CHALLENGE

March 12, 2024

This week is Nutrition and Hydration week so we wanted to share the importance of good nutrition and keeping well hydrated when you are out on a challenge. When you take care of what you put into your body, it will perform better for you, similar to a car.

If you have ever been out on a challenge with us you would have most likely heard one of our leaders saying “sippy sippy”. It is much better for you if you drink small amounts often instead of gulping loads of water infrequently. By taking smaller sips it will mean you are keeping continually hydrated. Staying hydrated can help you to improve your muscle function, regulate your blood pressure and improve your circulation. Plus you are more likely to absorb the water than have the urge to pee. We know how much you all hate peeing in the outdoors!

At high altitude and during exercise your fluid needs increase dramatically and hydration is vital, not least to help
prevent Altitude Sickness. There are various ways to get the right fluids into your body, with many people using water
bladders or bottles. Another alternative is a wide-mouth bottle with a drinking tube adaptor.

It is also really important to be aware that when you sweat, you lose electrolytes, which can drain your energy. The biggest sign of your body being low in electrolytes is muscle cramping, which can be debilitating for physical performance. It is also common to experience dizziness, confusion and an irregular heartbeat. You need to replace lost salts by regularly snacking on foods high in sodium, potassium and magnesium, or by adding electrolytes to your water.

Your body is like a car engine that can run off both petrol (carbs) and diesel (fat). The human body has the ability to burn both, the intensity of the exercise will dictate what fuel you burn, the higher the intensity, the more carbohydrates are required. When out hiking, you are going to encounter a mixture of high intensity and low intensity exertion as the terrain changes. You need to have an adequate mixture of food when out and about, so you are not riding the roller-coaster of sugar spikes and crashes*

We asked our Challenge Leaders “what are your go to snacks to keep you fuelled and hydrated on a challenge?”

  • PHIL NELSON : Having tried all manner of weird and wonderful things over the years, my tip is to just eat things you like and lots of them. Sometimes participants turn up with lots of energy gels and electrolyte powders for water, which are all good but sometimes, real food is not taken too. These gels and powders are no substitute for real food and on a mountain, you may be walking all day, burning thousands of calories. My go to snacks for the UK is a good old fashioned meal deal; sandwich, snack like a samosa or pork pie, some chocolate bars, bags of salty crisps if its hot weather to replace lost salts, and a pack of sweets like Jelly Babies or Sour Patch Kids. To drink, I find water a little boring so often carry one of those little squeezy bottles of squash to jazz it up…if it tastes nice then I’ll drink more!
  • RAY SMITH : Chunky Kitkats (it’s an art packing them in your rucksack so they don’t melt in the heat) and SiS Hydration tablets in my water.
  • IAN WADDINGTON : My go to snack on the hill is a Go Bar, for me it is the right combination of carbohydrate with a bit of sweetness.  I usually have some sort of ’treat’ though.  
  • STEVE BERRY : Water and lots of it, always works for me!
  • LIZZY CODD : Something salty such as cashew nuts and something sweet such as jelly babies.  Water + salt + sugar = no need for horrid rehydration tabs! 
  • LOUISE ALLEN : I try to eat healthy on challenges so my go to snacks would be carrots and houmous, malt loaf and salted corn.
  • IAN MORTON : Lots of water, Babybels and Tunnocks Bars…
  • STEPH MILLER : Nuts! I’m nuts about nuts! I love granola bars / flapjacks and I keep myself topped up with those all important electrolytes so I can stay hydrated #hydrohomie.
  • JOHN ALLEN : I quite like dried mango. It’s a taste of sunshine, which is nice when the rain is lashing down!  Just plain water for me as it can be used for more than just drinking. Try washing your hands or cleaning a wound with a sports drink!
  • DANNY BARDEN : Nakd bars and a dark chocolate, honey roast peanut and dried mango pieces trail mix.
  • PENNY KNIGHT : My go to snacks are flapjacks and salted peanuts – tasty, cheap and packed with calories!
  • DUNCAN TURNBULL : I love pork pies, crisps, and my own special trail mix of mixed nuts, dried fruit, dried bananas, and Smarties yum yum!! Plus plenty of water. The reason for the pork pies and crisps is the high calorie intake to replace calories burned during ascents and crisps to help salt replacement!
  • TOM ARMES : Anything with chocolate on lol ….and Haribo’s plus I do like orange squash in my water rather than just plain water !
  • COLIN LOVELL : Surprisingly on overseas trips I don’t usually worry about snacks. Food is always good enough. For hydration lots of electrolyte tablets and isotonic powders added to water and recovery drinks with milk afterwards.
  • RICHARD SIMPKIN : Obviously I should have some really sensible and practical answers but I reckon that snacks should be something you enjoy, so Tunnocks bars (I believe that you have to carry them by law in some destinations) and Sports Mixtures……

As you can see for the list above, everyone has their own favourite way to keep fueled and hydrated on a challenge. The key is to find something that works for you. Experiment with different snacks while you are out training and try to take notice of the effect it has on your body. We dont want a roller-coaster of sugar spikes and crashes.

And remember, when you have been on the go all day there is nothing nicer that tucking into one of your favourite treats to give you the final push you need to get to the finish line!

*sources : https://getoutside.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/guides/nutrition-hiking-hill-walking/

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MEET THE TEAM – STEPH MILLER

March 5, 2024

At Charity Challenge we are extremely proud of the amazing crew we have. We know it can be a little daunting joining a challenge for the first time so we thought you might like to meet the team in advance of your Charity Challenge. Today we introduce you to Challenge Leader – Steph Miller

Steph Miller

Name

Steph Miller

How long have you been a Challenge Leader with Charity Challenge?

Three years

What’s been your favourite challenge (so far)?

Oh dear… that’s a tough one because I’ve been honoured to be a part of some incredible international adventures and likewise some incredible UK expeditions. I think my favourite challenge, rather than a place, are those where team work and comradery are at their highest. To be a part of a team, supporting each other is humbling and good for the soul. I’d say its the experience over the expedition.

Steph Miller, Challenge Leader

Do you have any challenges left on your bucket list?

Yes… I’ll narrow it down to all of them

How do you keep your body in tip top shape for the challenge season?

I work hard throughout the year to maintain good physical fitness and mental strength for challenge season. The more I take care of myself throughout the year, the more I feel prepared and the more I enjoy the challenges.

What are your go to snacks to keep you fuelled and hydrated on a challenge?

Nuts! I’m nuts about nuts! I love granola bars / flapjacks and I keep myself topped up with those all important electrolytes so I can stay hydrated #hydrohomie 

Steph Miller, Challenge Leader

Any top tips to share with participants signed up to a challenge?

I do the same for myself as I would advise others to do – to work on good physical fitness and take care of your mind leading up to challenges. Ultimately though I believe people know what they need. Whether they take care of those needs is subjective but ultimately that would be my advice – you know what you need for the challenge, how can you make sure you get it?

What 5 items do you always pack in your day rucksack?

Waterproofs! Yes it looks sunny but this is England! Compeed because blisters can happen to the best of us. Plenty of water, oodles of snacks and a variety of layers because again…. this is England!

What is the best thing about being a leader?

Being part of a team. At Charity Challenge us leaders have a family vibe going on and it’s so incredibly fun and supportive. Its in absolute trust and respect and there’s nothing we can’t achieve together

Steph Miller, Challenge Leader

What is your proudest achievement to date?

Being able to help outdoor companies develop mental health awareness as a part of outdoor challenges and working with participants to develop mental resiliency to push past those blocks and watch them achieve things their minds wouldn’t allow them to imagine. It’s incredibly humbling and its so special every single time. 

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INTRODUCING OUR PARTNER – OUTDOORHIRE

February 20, 2024

At Charity Challenge, we are extremely proud of the relationships we have built with our partners over the years. We understand how nerve racking it can be to take on a challenge for the first time, which is why we are working closely with a range of reputable suppliers to help provide support to all of our charity and corporate clients and challenge participants on their challenge journey. We felt it is time to shine a spotlight on each of our partners so you can get to know them better!

Outdoorhire

Partner name

Outdoorhire

Tell us about your business

Outdoorhire, the UK’s leading outdoor equipment rental provider, is proud to partner with Charity Challenge, uniting their passion for adventure with the power of giving back.

Whether you’re scaling mountains for medical research or trekking through jungles for wildlife conservation, Outdoorhire has your back (and feet!). The Outdoorhire website, is your one-stop shop for top-quality gear from renowned brands like Montane, Mountain Hardwear and Black Diamond. From expedition clothing and sleeping bags to backpacks and hiking poles, all meticulously maintained and ready to fuel your next challenge.

Outdoorhire

Why did you choose to partner with Charity Challenge?

Outdoorhire and Charity Challenge share a deep commitment to empowering individuals to push their boundaries while making a real difference in the world. With Charity Challenge offering a vast spectrum of exciting fundraising adventures, like summiting Kilimanjaro or trekking to Machu Picchu, there’s something for every passion and purpose.

What benefits do you offer Charity Challenge participants?

Exclusive Discounts: Get 10% off your hire when you use your Charity Challenge discount code (available in your account area after you have booked on). The cost of hiring is also significantly less than buying equivalent quality gear, so why not get the best gear at a fraction of the cost. That’s more gear for your journey, and more impact for your charity cause!

Priority Booking: Secure your essential equipment before it’s gone. Charity Challenge participants get priority access to popular items, ensuring you’re fully equipped for your chosen adventure.

Expert Advice: Not sure what gear you need? Don’t fret! Outdoorhire’s team is just a click or call away, offering expert advice tailored to your specific challenge activity and terrain.

Environmental Sustainability: Hiring your expedition gear saves money but also saves the environment. Renting extends the life cycle of equipment, reducing the need for constant production and resource depletion. Every rented jacket is one less jacket gathering dust in a cupboard somewhere. The equipment is delivered and collected by net-zero carbon couriers too! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is Outdoorhire’s mantra.

Social Support: Join the vibrant Outdoorhire and Charity Challenge communities on social media! Share your training tips, fundraising milestones, and breathtaking expedition photos. You’ll find endless inspiration and a network of like-minded individuals embarking on incredible journeys for good.

Outdoorhire

Connect on social

Follow Outdoorhire on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest updates, exclusive offers, and inspiring stories.

Remember, every climb, every hike, every pedal stroke becomes a powerful act of generosity when you join forces with Outdoorhire and Charity Challenge. So, gear up, embrace the spirit of adventure, and make a difference every step of the way!

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MEET THE TEAM – ANNIE JACKSON

February 12, 2024

At Charity Challenge we are extremely proud of the amazing crew we have. We know it can be a little daunting joining a challenge for the first time so we thought you might like to meet the team in advance of your Charity Challenge. Today we introduce you to our Overseas Operations Manager – Annie Jackson

Name

Annie Jackson

How long have you been part of the Charity Challenge team?

Almost 2 years now!

What’s your role at Charity Challenge?

Overseas Operations Manager

Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did before joining Charity Challenge?

I have done quite a few different things from selling houses on the West Coast of Scotland to running a café in Brisbane. The main thing is I have loved them all and fell in love with exploring and just giving things a go. I am now settled in The Lake District with my 2 doggies & husband, Ryan where we spend our weekends pinching ourselves that we actually live in this beautiful part of the UK!

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The variety I have each day! One day I can be focused on setting up a new challenge for Jordan and the next day, I can be looking at Morocco and working out how we can get 60+ people from A to B. Its very fun!

What advice would you give someone who is looking to do a Charity Challenge?

Get the best quality kit you can afford from day one and train in it. I promise you; it will last you forever, it will be more comfortable, and you’ll have a better experience on your challenge because you were warm, dry and comfortable.

Also, remember that you don’t have to buy everything brand new. Borrowing from friends and family is such a good option. I used my sister’s trekking rucksack for years until she ended up getting fed up and bought me one for my birthday. Also, second-hand sites/apps like Vinted or Ebay are great options aswell. I will always look on Vinted before I consider buying anything brand new and I can usually find it a lot cheaper and in great condition.

What’s been your favourite charity challenge (so far)?

I really enjoyed climbing Mount Toubkal in Morocco. We went in November time so there was some snow fields and I got to use crampons and an ice ace – I felt very cool! We were also extremely lucky and had a blue-bird day so the views from the top were spectacular!

Do you have any challenges left on your bucket list?

Does anyone ever answer ‘no’ to this?! There’s always going to be challenges left on my list! Dog Sledding in Sweden, Mount Kenya (then a Safari 😉), Iceland Lava Trek…the list goes on!

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself…

I am 29 years old and I still have a little baby tooth.

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CHARITY CHALLENGE LOYALTY SCHEME

February 1, 2024

Did you know that as a thank you for travelling with Charity Challenge, we offer participants a discount when you book your next challenge with us.

If you book on a UK challenge you will get £25 off, if you book on a short haul challenge (European, Middle East and North Africa) you will get £50 off, and if you book on a long haul challenge (rest of the world) you will get £100 off the registration fee.

All you need to do is enter the code REPEAT at the time of booking.

Terms & Conditions

  • The discount is only available to participants who have an active or completed booking with Charity Challenge.
  • You must enter the discount code REPEAT at the time of booking in order for it to be applied to your booking. We cannot apply discounts retrospectively once the booking has been completed.
  • Discounts will be applied per person, not per booking, depending on each individual’s previous bookings.
  • The reduced pricing applies strictly to new bookings, and bookings that have already been confirmed are locked into their original price and are not entitled to the reduced pricing.
  • Discounts will be deducted from the registration fee, not the balance,
  • Only one discount code can be used at any one time. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other codes.
  • Applies only to the challenges indicated on the Charity Challenge website. Prices as advertised.
  • The offer is subject to availability and there is no cash alternative. We reserve the right to withdraw or amend the offer at any time.
  • Spaces are limited to the challenge maximum group size.

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MEET THE TEAM – LOUISE ALLEN

January 24, 2024

At Charity Challenge we are extremely proud of the amazing crew we have. We know it can be a little daunting joining a challenge for the first time so we thought you might like to meet the team in advance of your Charity Challenge. Today we introduce you to Challenge Leader – Louise Allen

Mind Hike - Louise Allen

Name

Louise Allen

How long have you been a Challenge Leader?

About eight years

What’s been your favourite challenge (so far)?

CoppaTrek! Hadrian’s Wall Country. Being involved with my husband, John to plan the five routes and walk them in my home county of Northumberland was definitely a highlight of last year.

CoppaTrek! Hadrian's Wall Country - Louise Allen

Do you have any challenges left on your bucket list?

A foreign trip. Nepal or South America

How do you keep your body in tip top shape for the challenge season?

I am hooked on Hot Pod Yoga to keep my strength and flexibility, great for maintaining good mental health. I also love getting out for adventures with my husband John or with friends.

What are your go to snacks to keep you fuelled and hydrated on a challenge?

I try to eat healthy on challenges so my go to snacks would be carrots and houmous, malt loaf and salted corn.

PCUK March For Men - Louise Allen

Any top tips to share with participants signed up to a challenge?

Get out and train as often as possible but look after yourselves with pilates/yoga stretching to prevent injury.

What 5 items do you always pack in your day rucksack?

Reading glasses, savoury snack usually salty corn/nuts, lightweight primo loft gilet, apple juice and a buff.

What is the best thing about being a leader?

Meeting and support clients, hearing their stories and being part of their journey.

PCUK Football March - Louise Allen

What is your proudest achievement to date?

Just being apart of a very special team of leaders and being able to support people that do not think they are going to make it to the summit/end. I love to encourage and motivate people to achieve their goals.

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INTRODUCING OUR PARTNER – ENTHUSE

January 17, 2024

At Charity Challenge, we are extremely proud of the relationships we have built with our partners over the years. We understand how nerve racking it can be to take on a challenge for the first time, that is why we are working closely with a range of reputable suppliers to help provide support to all of our charity and corporate partners and participants on their challenge journey. We felt it is time to shine a spotlight on each of our partners so you can get to know them better!

Partner name

Enthuse

Tell us about your business

Enthuse is Europe’s number one charity first fundraising platform and the official online fundraising partner for London Marathon Events and Great Run. We offer digital donations, fundraising and event reg technology, all under the charity’s brand, so it feels like supporters never left their website. Our platform helps organisations strengthen supporter relationships and gain financial predictability through a personalised and consistent experience.

When it comes to events, a key challenge is making it as easy as possible for participants to fundraise. That’s why fundraising is integrated with event registration for 100% page creation and participants can access and manage their fundraising from the participant’s account area on the Charity Challenge website. This means the fundraising experience is truly synonymous with the challenge itself.

We know that branded fundraising pages raise more when it comes to events. That’s why company and profile pages can be branded with the corporate and charity logos, tying the cause closely with the brand identity of its corporate partner. What’s more, profiles come equipped with totalisers and leaderboards, making it easy and convenient to see how much has been raised.

For companies who want to reward brilliant fundraising, Enthuse provides the tools to enable matched giving. This is perfect for businesses who are looking to support their teams and double the fundraising total. This can be done directly through the fundraising page and a matched giving report will be provided.

Why did you choose to partner with Charity Challenge?

At Enthuse, we specialise in digital fundraising, donations and event reg technology. We provide 80% of the UK’s most loved charities with the tools they need to maximise their digital fundraising efforts.

Our team does a great job supporting good causes with interesting fundraising ideas but when a charity wants to take on a big challenge, sometimes they need something that goes that step further.

Whether it’s a trip to Machu Picchu, travelling across the Sahara or taking part in the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge, Charity Challenge offers truly unique experiences for good causes, to help inspire fundraising from their supporters.

By partnering together, we’re able to ensure that our charities not only have a fit-for-purpose fundraising platform, but an enticing challenge that helps to encourage participation.

Case study

Read here how Together for Short Lives raised £58,000 in partnership with Morrisons.

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TOP OVERSEAS CHALLENGES FOR 2024

January 12, 2024

We are over halfway through our NEW YEAR SALE and we are VERY excited to see so many of you take advantage of the great savings we have on offer.

2024 is gearing up to be our best season yet at Charity Challenge and we can not wait!

These are our top overseas challenges for 2024…


Dalai Lama Himalayan Trek

Dalai Lama Himalayan Trek

From the madness of Delhi, travel off the beaten path, to the beauty and tranquillity of the Indian Himalaya. This unique expedition is the perfect introduction to India.

12 days | India | Challenging

Get up to 25% off the reg fee in our New Year Sale.


Costa Rica Coast to Coast Trek and Raft

Costa Rica Coast to Coast Trek and Raft

Join for an incredible coast to coast challenge crossing Costa Rica on foot and raft from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea. 

12 days | Costa Rica | Tough

Get up to 15% off the reg fee in our New Year Sale.


Kilimanjaro Summit Climb

Kilimanjaro Summit Climb

Trek through five incredible, unspoilt eco-systems as you follow the uncrowded Lemosho route to the famous ‘roof of Africa’

12 days | Tanzania | Extreme

Get up to 20% off the reg fee in our New Year Sale.


Sahara Desert Trek

Sahara Desert Trek

This five day trek covers 100km; passing through Morocco’s forbidding landscape punctuated by peaks, gorges, dunes and oases. At night, sleep under Africa’s star strewn skies and enjoy traditional Berber hospitality.

8 days | Morocco | Challenging

Get up to 25% off the reg fee in our New Year Sale.


Trek Angkor Wat

Trek Angkor Wat

Finishing at the Khmer architectural masterpiece of Angkor Wat, this 5-day trek will take you into the heart of the stunning Phnom (Mount) Kulen National Park. 

9 days | Cambodia | Challenging

Get up to 40% off the reg fee in our New Year Sale.


Trek to Petra

Trek to Petra

Discover the best of Jordan in this exhilarating 5 day trek along part of the Jordan Trail. Camp under the stars, Bedouin-style in the desert and delight in the ancient hidden Rose city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

8 days | Jordan | Tough

Get up to 20% off the reg fee in our New Year Sale.


Mount Toubkal Trek

Mount Toubkal Trek

This challenge will have you scrambling over Northern Africa’s tallest peak – Jebel Toubkal, standing at a majestic 4,167m! We finish in the vibrant Moroccan city of Marrakech.

6 days | Morocco | Tough

Get up to 30% off the reg fee in our New Year Sale.


Icelandic Lava Trek

Icelandic Lava Trek

Host to some of Europe’s most incredible wilderness, this Icelandic itinerary takes in thundering waterfalls, steaming lava fields, plunging fjords and spouting geysers. Trek 58kms over 3-days through one of the planet’s most volcanic regions

5 days | Iceland | Tough

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Inspiration

NEW YEAR, NEW CHALLENGE, NEW YOU. WHAT WILL YOU ACHIEVE IN 2024?

January 1, 2024
Charity Challenge participants  celebrating

It’s a familiar tale – after the excitement and indulgence of Christmas, the cold, dark nights of January can seem a little daunting. Far removed from the sparkle of December’s parties, pubs and Christmas lights, January bares low motivation, low mood and no energy.

Setting new years’ resolutions can tackle this moody month, and transform it into a positive, fresh start. Keeping driven, focused and passionate about a resolution propels us into the Spring and Summer, equipped for a great year. 51% of the British public successfully implement their resolutions into long-term habits, so it’s clear the psychology works! *

Statistics have uncovered 2024’s most popular resolutions: to exercise more, to lose weight, and adopt a healthier diet. The desire to feel good, do better and physically test ourselves is as timeless and prominent as ever. *

Stepping on to a Charity Challenge can push you physically, of course – with a training schedule keeping you exploring and outdoors, a diet full of protein and carbs to keep you powerful and the inevitable ‘shaping-up’ that accompanies that.

However, the strength of alleviating mental pressures is often overlooked. Taking the time to feel proud of your achievements, knowing that you’re working towards a goal that will benefit a charity, and spending plenty of time outdoors is infinitely rewarding to your mental health. Nothing says: “January blues, who?!” like a month of powerful positivity.

So, how about a new years’ resolution to take on a Charity Challenge?

Conquer the January blues with a goal and a plan:

  • Choose a challenge activity type (trek, bike etc) that works for you and your lifestyle. If your exercise is expensive, time consuming or boring, it’s likely you won’t be able to commit to it in the long term.
  • Small adjustments to your daily routine are a great way to get started in your fitness journey: taking a walk on your lunch break, stretching before work, or parking far away from the supermarket doors!
  • Implement time outdoors. Fresh air and vitamin D are vital in boosting your mood and helping maintain focus throughout the day.
  • Small targets and milestones can make even the mundane feel like something worth celebrating – make sure your training journey is as fun as can be!
  • Choose a charity that is special to you. Keep the charity as your focus throughout this journey, and let the inspiration propel you forward on your harder days. Your efforts can make a real difference, whether large or small, and doing so will leave you with a strong sense of achievement and fulfilment.

Here’s to making a difference in 2024!

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EARLY GIFT FROM CHARITY CHALLENGE – OUR NEW YEAR SALE STARTS TODAY!

December 20, 2023
CHARITY CHALLENGE NEW YEAR SALE 2024

This festive season we have decided to treat your supporters with a little gift and go early with our New Year Sale!

We are offering up to 50% OFF registration fees on selected 2024 & 2025 challenges. You can receive great savings of up to £200 OFF registration fees!

This discount applies to bookings made between 9.00am Wednesday 20th December until midnight Wednesday 31st January 2024. T&C’s apply

Use code NY2024 when booking and enjoy all the incredible adventures that lie ahead.

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2023 HIGHLIGHTS FROM TEAM CHARITY CHALLENGE

December 18, 2023

As Christmas approaches and the year draws to a close we thought we’d take a moment to take stock of the past year and regale you with some stories of our favourite highlights of 2023 from our Founder Simon Albert and some of our amazing Challenge Leaders.

Grab a warm drink and lose yourself in these wonderful tales of grit, determination, camaraderie, and bravery!

Dog Sledding Challenge

In March I had the privilege to head out to the Arctic to take on our Dog Sledding Challenge. It was my first time to the Arctic, to attempt Dog Sledding, and to witness the Northern Lights. And best of all, I got to do it with a great bunch of guys and girls from the North East who kept the humour on full power all week.

It was minus 30 degrees Celsius, and very remote and wild, and we saw moose, reindeer and Arctic hares. We each had the task of working with a team of 3 or 4 powerful huskies to sled through the Arctic wilderness. We learnt about the indigenous people, the Sami, and stayed one night in a Sami tee pee sleeping in minus 15 degrees. Lunches were cooked on an open fire, and in the evenings, after a plate of moose stew, we lay on the frozen lake on reindeer skins, watching the stars above including the odd shooting star.

But to cap it all, we watched streaks of green in the sky one evening and out of nowhere, a light show began that left us in complete awe. It’s hard to put into words, and even the photos and videos don’t really do it justice, but the entire sky lit up and danced magically in an array of colours, back and forth. I shall never forget that moment!

Simon Albert, Co Founder and Director


Trek Angkor Wat

This has been another busy year of UK and Overseas Challenges for me, with so many individual highlights.

Overseas trips included two trips to Jordan – one for the first Trek Wadi Rum and Petra Challenge – and there were also the ever-inspirational ‘CoppaTreks’ in aid of CoppaFeel! in Northumberland and The French Alps.

In the UK there were, amongst many others, trips to the South Downs, the Jurassic Coast and the Brecon Beacons along with the usual mix of daytime and nighttime mountain challenges in England, Wales and Scotland.

I have been asked however to pick just a single highlight from my 2023 calendar – and so, as hard as that task is, I would probably have to say that leading this year’s Trek Angkor Wat Challenge was my most memorable highlight. Having led a successful inaugural challenge last year I really enjoyed heading back with more familiarity of the itinerary, of the country and of the local people. This in turn allowed me to take much more in as we moved through the stunning landscape of Cambodia.

It really is a beautiful place to explore – and to do it with such a great group of people made it all the more memorable.

I’m now looking forward to even more adventures in 2024 – I still believe I have the best job in the world!

Ian Morton, Challenge Leader


Costa Rica Coast to Coast Challenge

2023 was another lovely year with amazing bike rides in both the Indian Himalayas and the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. However, my highlight was leading the Costa Rica Coast to Coast Trek and Raft challenge. A beautiful country with amazing biodiversity and environmental credentials. We were very much away from the usual tourist hotspots and camping in remote communities. The 2 days of adventurous rafting at the end was amazing especially the stunning camp sites. Finish it off with a stroll along the beach at Cahuita National Park spotting lots of wildlife – it was definitely a trip to remember. 

Colin Lovell, Challenge Leader


Challenge Leader, Lizzy Codd

I could write as I’ve done in the previous seasons and mention CoppaFeel! treks, of which there were three this year, but I felt I needed to branch out and diversify!  If you want to know how amazing CoppaFeel! treks are don’t listen to me: go on one and be part of raising tens of thousands of pounds to help early detection of breast cancer!

This year I’m going to write about my treks on the South Downs Challenge, walking between Brighton and Eastbourne; often overlooked because they are down south, where we apparently don’t have any real hills!  Try telling that to one of the amazing challengers as they head over the last 5 miles towards Beachy Head along the undulating South Downs Way.  If you’ve not walked here before, the scenery is stunning but the hills brutal.

We’ve always had wonderful weather from the start, albeit with a bit of a coastal chill high up on the Downs.  But it’s warmed up through the day and we’ve seen wild ponies, climbed to the top of white cliffs, peered down at lighthouses, marvelled at the river snaking out to sea at the stunning Cuckmere Haven, and explored Birling Gap whilst grabbing a cheeky ice cream at a handily placed NT café!

The people who’ve taken part have been raising money for a wide range of charities including The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, Shelter, Trekstock and Young Lives v Cancer.  The discussions that we’ve had as the day has gone on have been humbling and inspiring and I never tire of helping walkers achieve this challenge, finishing the day by receiving a well-deserved medal and celebratory drink on Eastbourne Seafront before making their way back to the start in Brighton with the enormity of the distance they’ve covered sinking in as the miles fly past!

Lizzy Codd, Challenge Leader


National Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Mind

This year Charity Challenge’s UK events seem to have been one highlight after another for me starting back in May with multiple events for Wetherspoons employees, raising funds for Young Lives vs Cancer. This was followed by physically and emotionally challenging night time ascents of Snowdon and Scafell Pike events for SANDS & Macmillan Cancer Support, before heading to the North West and Hadrian’s Wall Country in June for the annual UK CoppaTrek for CoppaFeel!, (made more poignant since it was the last time I got to see The Sycamore standing in The Gap in all its glory).

The middle of summer saw me leading and managing two National Three Peaks events for trekkers, this time raising funds for MIND. Then I was off on yet more ascents of Ben Nevis & Snowdon, plus a couple of marathon long treks along the Giants Causeway Coast and around the Edinburgh 7 Summits for a whole host of smaller, but no less deserving regional charities.

In September I took on the organisation and management of a 2-day 100km trek from London to Brighton, ably supported by an excellent 9-strong Walk Leader team, for 46 employees from Capital One who were raising funds for Rethink Mental Illness – whilst still not the standout highlight of the year this was most certainly the toughest Charity Challenge event I have ever had the pleasure of being involved with!

As the end of summer was fast approaching and the October temperatures were noticeably dropping off it was time for another night time ascent – this time of Ben Nevis. Due to the time of year it’s not an event where trekkers are rewarded with a view of the rising sun as they summit the UK’s highest mountain. However, on this occasion they were treated to, what was considered to be the best ever post event breakfast by Tom & Em Rumsey from the Two Collies (mobile) Café . A fitting way to end a season of highlights so here’s to many more in 2024.

Danny Barden, Challenge Leader


Andean Volcano Challenge

Working with Charity Challenge is always special.  We work alongside a great team of leaders who all want our participants to have a fabulous time.  Going somewhere new adds extra spice to a journey, and this year it was the Andean Volcano Challenge, in Ecuador.  This also saw the return of Royal LePage raising a staggering million pounds for their Shelter Foundation. Seeing people I met in Morocco in 2019, and chatting about some of the adventures we had there was wonderful.  

The challenge starts from the vibrant city of Quito which lies at 2850 metres above sea level, so you start acclimatising the moment you step off the plane.  With the proximity to the Equator, the weather is always changing depending on which trade winds are dominating.  This means the vegetation is incredibly varied, from cloud forest, to something that would be familiar within the UK, to the dry plains below Mount Cotopaxi.  

We had a fantastic local team, who were incredibly welcoming, and brought a wealth of knowledge about the region.  This was an opportunity to slow down and really notice where you were.  Trekking at altitude makes you slow down, and the stunning scenery of Mount Pasochoa (4200 metres), and the Cascades de Fuego, are dominated by the splendour of Cotopaxi itself, was well worth taking the time for.  Every so often Cotopaxi will send up a puff of smoke to remind you that it is still active.  

People make it memorable.  One participant had her 76th birthday during the trek and walked with a floral crown made form the flowers around us by one of the local leaders.  The camp crews cooked local cuisine fresh each day, giving us all a taste of regional culture.  

Participants become friends.  So I plan to visit Ecuador again and have more adventures, and catch up with the trekkers in Canada.

Ian Waddington, Challenge Leader


Snowdon At Night

As the year draws to a close it’s time again to reflect on various challenges that I have had the pleasure of leading over the last 12 months.

So what challenge/event have I enjoyed the most this year?

Well I’m not going to pick a single one, I am going with what some might think as a strange choice. I have really enjoyed the Night challenges this year, they have become more and more popular so much so that I reckon that I have climbed Snowdon (Yes I know that it should now be referred to by its correct name Yr Wyddfa) more times in the dark this year than in daylight hours. 

Some would say what is the point and when the wind is howling in and the rain lashing down you can wonder why. But then isn’t that the point? It should be a challenge and it’s not always like that, sometimes the skies are clear and yes you get to see the moon rising a full house of stars which gives me the opportunity to bore anyone who’s foolish enough to listen and if you’re very lucky the odd meteorite will flash across the sky and if all of the stars align them you’ll get a magnificent sunrise.These night events allow you as a leader to use all of your skills, decision making, group management and yes sometimes even a bit of navigating.  

These events also seem to bring out the wacky side from participants from the ones that go Ninja so wrapped up in black gear that you can barely see them, to the ones that are bedecked with lights that you can probably see from low Earth orbit. The conversations that you have with participants about why they are doing the challenge can be both very humbling and extremely uplifting after all it’s the participants that make the event what it is. 

In short your challenges for next year really should include a night time wander to the summit of Snowdon, Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis, a meander over the Yorkshire 3 Peaks or a jog along the South Downs. So buy yourself a head torch, some spare batteries and give up that night at the pub…..

Richard Simpkin, Challenge Leader


CoppaTrek with Gi - Tour De Mont Blanc

One of my highlights of 2023 was leading a half marathon trek for The Care Workers Charity. This took place in the stunning a picturesque South Downs Way. The route was varied with some great inland trails as well as stunning coastal paths with the highlight being the Seven Sisters (cliffs). The group were a fantastic bunch to work with and had plenty of bubbly characters. What was quite fascinating to witness was a few of the participants doubted whether they would be able to complete the challenge as they’re not avid hikers and the shear jubilation they felt at the end when they crossed the finished line. They really pushed themselves, wanted to really challenge themselves and make their sponsors proud. Just seeing the utter sense of pride and accomplishment was a thing of delight. 

The CoppaFeel! Mont Blanc trek was the highlight of the year.  It was my first international trek with Charity Challenge and I was grateful to lead a group in the beautiful French Alps. Having our campsite with a view of Mont Blanc was utterly breathtaking. As always, the vibes on a CoppaFeel! trek did not disappoint. Lots of laughs and jokes and some tears too as we had a truly inspirational group who all shared their personal experiences on how they were affected by cancer.  There is something truly special about these treks both in terms of the destinations chosen and the people that sign up. 

Sameed Asghar, Challenge Leader


CoppaTrek with Gi -  Hadrian's Wall Country

I love being a part of the Charity Challenge Family.

The highlight of my year was the CoppaTrek Hadrian’s Wall Country. Being involved with my husband, John to plan the 5 routes and walk them in my home County of Northumberland. Showing diverse and amazing landscapes.

The photo was just before Cheviot summit with a small group who didn’t think we would reach the top. They did! How Awesome!! All smiles

Louise Allen, Challenge Leader


Trek Wadi Rum and Petra

This was a really busy year for me with Charity Challenge a lot of my events were on National Three Peaks duty, total of 8 all of which were unique in their own ways, clients, weather, etc. I don’t have one individual experience, but a month.

The month of September in which I had the pleasure of being on my first two international events with Charity Challenge. The first was to Mont Blanc with the CoppaFeel! charity, my first overseas with them. I have led on a lot of UK challenges, and this didn’t disappoint, these girls are truly inspirational the effort they put into their fundraising and to actually partake in the events is incredible.

Six days later I was leading a group in Jordan, on the Trek Wadi Rum and Petra Challenge. This was a huge shock to the system having been in the French Alps and now in the desert with temperatures topping 45degrees each day. This was a corporate event for HSBC who were equally passionate and committed to raising funds for their charities. Both events were 100k challenges over 5 days camping and absolute dream to work on both.

Duncan Turnbull, Challenge Leader

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12 FUNDRAISING TIPS FOR CHRISTMAS

December 13, 2023

Christmas is a time of year for giving. Since you’ve been nice this year, we’re giving you a list of 12 fundraising tips for Christmas.

Get ready to have fun and be inspired with these ideas to help you raise even more sponsorship money for your forthcoming challenge!

1. Bauble decorating competition
Have fun, get crafty and host a bauble-decorating competition! Think of a prize to offer the winner and have fun with the glitter and glue!

hand painted christmas baubles craft

2. (Pin the nose on) Rudolph the red nosed reindeer…
Simple but fun and effective! Instead of ‘pin the tail on the donkey’, you can pin the red nose on the reindeer (or the carrot on the snowman)! Blindfold your colleague or party friends, charge them £2 to enter, and give a prize to whoever gets the nose the closest. Continue Reading…

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5 REASONS TO TREK ANGKOR WAT, CAMBODIA

November 17, 2023
Trek Angkor Wat with Charity Challenge

Visit the temple of Angkor Wat – a UNESCO World Heritage Site

At 402 acres the huge, historic complex containing the temples of Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm (as seen in “Tomb Raider” – which you will also have chance to visit) covers more than three times the area of Vatican City and contains over 79 major temple complexes and hundreds of minor sites. Dating from the 12th century, Angkor Wat, with its world-famous skyline makes a memorable finishing point for this exciting trek. You will also enjoy a personal tour of the complex to explore it fully – look out for for the wild macaques as you do!

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The journey

This exceptional challenge includes five days exploring the glorious rural landscape of Cambodia finishing at the Khmer masterpiece of Angkor Wat. Travel through traditional local villages with friendly locals greeting you as you pass through. Experience camping in the grounds of traditional Buddhist temples and receive a blessing from a local monk. Trek through fields of tapioca and rice paddies.

Spot water buffalo and marvel at the abundance of nature – particularly butterflies. Finally, prepare for the next day’s trek by enjoying freshly-prepared local dishes – eaten under the stars each night,

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The Cambodian people

Cambodians are renowned for their hospitable and generous nature. From the moment you arrive our amazing local team will make you feel incredibly welcome – they really cannot do enough to make your challenge as memorable as possible. Everything from the campsites to the catering arrangements are designed to allow you to rest and recover between your trekking days. As you trek, your local guides will explain the history, geography, flora and fauna of this unique area – and as you wind your way through the rural beauty of the Kulen National Park you will find the local people equally accommodating and friendly. This local flavour really does enhance the whole experience.

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A sense of achievement

As you relax under the stars each night in camp, you can start to realise your accomplishments as, over the five days of the challenge you trek over 80km in temperatures that can reach 35°C or higher – with each day revealing a different aspect of Cambodian life, culture and landscape. Add in a spectacular jungle walk up the sacred Mount Kulen, a visit to the huge, carved reclining Buddha and the awe-inspiring Kulen Waterfalls and you can be rightly proud of your achievements. This is a tough challenge but one which will live long in the memory!

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A life-changing trip

Time and again our participants say that taking part in a one of our challenges is a truly life-changing experience. Immerse yourself in the experience, invest in the group and you will earn dividends way above any investment. You will learn about yourself without the trappings of everyday life – which is exactly as travel should be.

The shared experiences of a challenge like Trek Angkor Wat creates bonds that last a lifetime among a group – and quickly turns what can start as a group of strangers meeting at the airport into firm friends. It’s one reason why we have so many participants who book further adventures with us!

Article written and photo credit by Ian Morton, Challenge Leader

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MEET THE TEAM – IAN WADDINGTON

November 9, 2023

At Charity Challenge we are extremely proud of the amazing crew we have. We know it can be a little daunting joining a challenge for the first time so we thought you might like to meet the team in advance of your Charity Challenge. Today we introduce you to Challenge Leader – Ian Waddington

Name

Ian Waddington

How long have you been a Challenge Leader?

Ive been with Charity Challenge about 6 years

What’s been your favourite challenge (so far)?

My favourite challenge was the Coppafeel Scottsh HighlandsTrek in Glen Lyon.  Fabulous people, coping with so much.

Do you have any challenges left on your bucket list?

I don’t think my bucket will ever run dry, I love going to new places and experiencing somewhere new.  Iceland, Annapurna circuit, paragliding in Nepal, etc.  

How do you keep your body in tip top shape for the challenge season?

Carrying 10kg of stone up my nearest hill helped me get back in shape after the Covid lockdown, it didn’t really get easier, the time taken just got shorter.  

What are your go to snacks to keep you fuelled and hydrated on a challenge?

My go to snack on the hill is a Go Bar, for me it is the right combination of carbohydrate with a bit of sweetness.  I usually have some sort of ’treat’ though.  

Any top tips to share with participants signed up to a challenge?

Staying hydrated, thirst is a bad indicator of dehydration, a little bit of water often is better than a deluge.  

What 5 items do you always pack in your day rucksack?

Personal first aid, 4 person group shelter, bit of insulated map to sit on (warmer backside and less ticks), head torch (learnt the hard way), dreams and aspirations.  

What is the best thing about being a leader?

Being a leader means you meet wonderful people who are doing something that is for more than themselves, the bonus is going somewhere new, we also get to work with like minded leaders.  

What is your proudest achievement to date?

I’ve done some crazy personal challenges, learning to short rope someone off the Matterhorn back in the 1980’s is definitely up there.

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FUNDRAISING 101 – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO GET STARTED

October 23, 2023

Whether this is your very first fundraising challenge event or you’re a seasoned trekker, cyclist or mountain climber, follow the five steps below to help you raise as much as possible for your chosen charity.

CoppaFeel!

CHOOSE A CHARITY THAT’S CLOSE TO YOUR HEART

You will be more motivated to crack on with your fundraising and you will find the whole fundraising process so much easier and rewarding. Most charities will get in touch after they’ve authorised you as a fundraiser, but don’t hesitate to get in touch with them for fundraising materials to help you.

We work with thousands of UK and Irish registered charities. If you don’t find your chosen charity listed, you can give us some contact details when you book and we’ll get in touch with them about becoming a charity partner.

Prostate Cancer UK

SET UP AN ONLINE FUNDRAISING PAGE

Do this as soon as you’ve been authorised by your chosen charity. In addition to having more time to fundraise, the two most successful periods for fundraising are the first few weeks when you begin fundraising and the time just before your event. By making sure you set up your fundraising page early, you can take advantage of these two periods and raise even more for your nominated charity. Don’t forget to personalise your fundraising page with your story and photos!

Macmillian Cancer Research

SPREAD THE WORD

The top tip from most fundraisers is to cast as wide a net as possible! Using social media is one of the most effective ways to do this and really boost your fundraising.

  • Use social media – Facebook is the most popular platform used for fundraising (61%), followed by Instagram (49%), WhatsApp (40%), TikTok (28%) and X (previously Twitter – 27%)*. E-mail, LinkedIn and work social platforms are also effective so things such as adding a link to your fundraising page on your email signature might be small but can have a big impact!
  • Make it personable. Reasons people have given for choosing to donate include the person being passionate about the cause, or putting a lot of effort into the fundraising or training, so sharing the story of why you opted to for the charity you did or updates on your training (images of you getting outside when it’s cold, dark, raining, before work or at weekends will really demonstrate your commitment to the cause and people will be inspired by that!) will help with your fundraising.
  • Don’t be afraid to post every day! Don’t worry about frequent donation requests – two thirds of people asked say that they’ve not been asked to donate which means a lot of potential donors don’t see requests in the first place, 17% of people forget to donate and 6% don’t have time when asked. Frequent posts on the charity, your personal story, your training etc will make sure people don’t forget or miss donating.
Sands

FUNDRAISE OFFLINE

Cake sales, dog walking and other active fundraising events are really good ways to increase the amount of money that you raise, in addition to giving you content for your social media posts! If you need some inspiration, you can check out our fundraising tips for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, or themed ideas for Christmas, New Year or Easter!

Together For Short Lives

THANK YOUR SPONSORS

Once you’ve returned from your amazing challenge, upload your photos and footage to social media and your online fundraising page with a brief description of how your challenge went. Send a personal email to all your sponsors thanking them for their support. Plus pop up a post on all social media platforms with your photos and your online fundraising page link as a friendly reminder that people can still sponsor you. Outline some ‘challenging’ encounters that you faced on your event to help encourage more sponsorship and add a thank you note too. If you are still short of your fundraising target, mention this on your post that you only need £X to hit your target.

Good luck with your fundraising. It’s a significant part of the challenge and if you raise most of your sponsorship before the event, it will make the challenge that much more gratifying. You should be proud of what you are undertaking and the difference you are making for your chosen charity.

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*Source : https://enthuse.com/insights/donor-pulse-report-autumn-2023/

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MEET THE TEAM – RAY SMITH

October 9, 2023

At Charity Challenge we are extremely proud of the amazing crew we have. We know it can be a little daunting joining a challenge for the first time so we thought you might like to meet the team in advance of your Charity Challenge. Today we introduce you to Challenge Leader – Ray Smith

Name

Ray Smith

How long have you been a Challenge Leader?

I’ve worked for Charity Challenge for eight years.

What’s been your favourite challenge (so far)?

I’ve two UK favorite challenges for two reasons :

1 – Hadrians Wall Trail Challenge because it’s a difficult challenge, the history and if the weather is kind you get spectacular views.

2 – Coppatrek with Gi The challenge moves around the UK each year so its not the challenge that makes it special, it’s the people. It’s a great event with lots of fun and laughter.

Do you have any challenges left on your bucket list?

I would love to lead on the Icelandic Lava Trek and Everest Base Camp

The GR20 in Corsica as a personal challenge.

How do you keep your body in tip top shape for the challenge season?

I live in Cumbria so I’m lucky to have the hills on my doorstep. I also cycle a lot.

What are your go to snacks to keep you fuelled and hydrated on a challenge?

Chunky Kitkats (it’s an art packing them in your rucksack so they don’t melt in the heat) and SiS Hydration tablets in my water.

Any top tips to share with participants signed up to a challenge?

Time on your feet! If you don’t have hills nearby then look at the estimated time your challenge will take. Pack your rucksack and look to build up your training walks towards that time.

What 5 items do you always pack in your day rucksack?

Apart from the essentials K Tape, Chocolate, Gaffer tape, my Leatherman and Spencer bear

What is the best thing about being a leader?

Helping people achieve their goals.

What is your proudest achievement to date?

As a leader it has to be guiding “Blind Dave” on the Great Wall Discovery Challenge. An amazing guy who has done so much, just google his name!

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MEET THE TEAM – PHIL NELSON

September 7, 2023

At Charity Challenge we are extremely proud of the amazing crew we have. We know it can be a little daunting joining a challenge for the first time so we thought you might like to meet the team in advance of your Charity Challenge. Today we introduce you to Challenge Leader – Phil Nelson

Name

Phil Nelson

How long have you been a Challenge Leader?

I have been a Challenge Leader for Charity Challenge since 2014, my first being a Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

What’s been your favourite challenge (so far)?

Tough one, I have been privileged to be part of a lot of amazing Charity Challenge events from Macmillan Treks, Jeff Stelling Football Marches in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, the Caroline Flack Memorial 24 Peaks with Olly Murs, CoppaFeel! Nortumberland Challenge and many others. However, the one that sticks with me the most is the 2018 RNIB Ben Nevis Challenge, where I helped guide a lady called Sue reach the top of the UK’s highest mountain. What made it even more special, is that Sue is registered blind, having lost her sight over a period of years. With the aid of 2 helpers and a charity rep, she made it to the summit and back down in 11 hours 36 minutes in less-than-ideal conditions. A very special event to be part of with a lot of money raised for charity.

Do you have any challenges left on your bucket list?

I have lots left to do still! Kilimanjaro Summit Climb, Mount Toubkal Trek, Great Wall of China, Everest Base Camp Trek and Trek to Machu Picchu are top of my list!

How do you keep your body in tip top shape for the challenge season?

I’m pretty boring…I just climb mountains and go trekking! I guide and walk throughout the year, so can maintain my fitness and skills over the cold, dark, winter months too. I spend somewhere in the region of 100 days on the mountains every year, for either guiding groups or personal trips. I’m known for guiding on Ben Nevis regularly (around 200 ascents in total, of which a lot are for Charity Challenge), but it only makes up 20 – 30 days out of the 100 per year. When I’m not guiding, I like to climb mountains I’ve not been up before and do new treks; the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt being my all-time favourite trek. I have also climbed all 316 of the UK and Ireland’s Munro status mountains and am currently working through the 222 Scottish Corbetts.

What are your go to snacks to keep you fuelled and hydrated on a challenge?

Having tried all manner of weird and wonderful things over the years, my tip is to just eat things you like and lots of them. Sometimes participants turn up with lots of energy gels and electrolyte powders for water, which are all good but sometimes, real food is not taken too. These gels and powders are no substitute for real food and on a mountain, you may be walking all day, burning thousands of calories. My go to snacks for the UK is a good old fashioned meal deal; sandwich, snack like a samosa or pork pie, some chocolate bars, bags of salty crisps if its hot weather to replace lost salts, and a pack of sweets like Jelly Babies or Sour Patch Kids. To drink, I find water a little boring so often carry one of those little squeezy bottles of squash to jazz it up…if it tastes nice then I’ll drink more!

Any top tips to share with participants signed up to a challenge?

As someone who spends a lot of time on my feet and as a former footwear fitter in an outdoor shop then, what you wear on your feet is so important. We see on treks and events a lot of blisters, damaged toenails and foot pain. This is often because the wrong size, type or brand has been chosen for the foot shape and event.
A quick pro tip that anyone can do to ensure they buy the right size is before you try on a boot, walking shoe, trail runner etc. is to take out the insole and place your foot on it. Try to wear socks that you would wear with the footwear. Then stand up as the weight of your body will spread your feet out more and you are looking for 3 things.

  1. Is there a thumb width of space at the end of the insole? If not, as your feet expand throughout the day and as you walk downhill, your toes will strike the inside of the footwear. This is the most common cause of people losing toenails and is easily avoidable.
  2. Do your feet overhang at the sides of the insole? If yes, the footwear will be too narrow and may cause pressure points, blisters, and premature wear on both your socks and footwear.
  3. Is there excess space at the front or sides? For standard mountain footwear (extra space is needed in specialist cold weather and high-altitude boots), you shouldn’t have excess space at the sides and anything more than a thumb width at the front may mean that the footwear is to broad or big for your foot shape and size. This will cause blisters as your feet will move about too much and your heel lifting too much at the back. The latter can be reduced by lacing techniques, a higher volume
     Each footwear brand fits and sizes differently, even within specific brands you may find some footwear feels different on your feet at the same size. There are 3 main foot shapes, and finding the brand of footwear that best fits your feet takes trial and error, so try many. Some brands also come in small on their sizing, so don’t be surprised if you need to go a whole shoe size up or more when purchasing.
     Don’t skimp on socks! Good quality merino wool socks which stay warm when wet and don’t smell too much after a few days are worth extra investment. Cheap socks, ski socks and football socks are all quick ways to blister town! Some say wear 2 pairs of socks, I’ve tried this, and it didn’t work for me, although for some it may do. I found that my feet overheated and made my footwear feel tight, so I just wear one pair of high-quality merino socks.
     Check your footwear! Each year on treks and events, many boots and shoes catastrophically fail. Often, it’s because they are a little bit too much ‘broken in’ and should have been replaced a while ago. Check over your footwear making sure all the lace hooks are still solid and check that the stitching, glues, and sole unit are still very secure. If in doubt, get some new footwear and try to break in as best as possible.
     Drying footwear on radiators causes the glue to melt and eventually the sole to fall off. Equally if you have left footwear in a damp garage/shed/basement/not wash the mud off them for a long time, seriously increases the chance of boot/shoe failure. Washing and reproofing can make a difference to the comfort and lifespan of your footwear.
     Spare laces cost around £3, weigh nothing and are worth taking on multi day treks in case of breakages.

What 5 items do you always pack in your day rucksack?

  • Suncream – I learnt the hard way, even on snowy or overcast days you can get a lot of harmful UV rays and sunburn.
  • Walking Poles – these are great for saving wear and tear on your knees, helping with balance, poking boggy ground, crossing streams and rivers and many other uses – essential bit of kit!
  • A Water-to-go filter bottle – the latest bottles have a great flow rate so are much better to drink from and it means you can fill up from a freshwater stream or lake and not have to worry about purifying first. For overseas treks, these are a must have!
  • Spare Warm Jacket – for high, dry, and cold places (e.g. Alpine, Kilimanjaro, Toubkal, Everest Base Camp, Desert Treks) I use down jackets. The colder the location, the more grams of down you need. These provide a warmth boost for when stationary or sitting around a campfire at night in the cold. For wet, windy and damp places (e.g. UK and Iceland treks) I use synthetic filling as even waterproofed down stops working when soaked.
  • Group Shelter/Bothy Bag – As leaders we carry these to provide protection from the elements and often, we will carry ones that can take up to 10 people. However, if I am solo walking, I still carry one but a much smaller 2 person one. These are so much more comfortable than an emergency blanket or bivi bag as your entire body is enclosed and creates a warm microclimate where you can eat, rest, do first aid. Quick pro tip…dump the stuff sack it comes with and use a dry bag instead as it will be much easier to stuff back in on a windy mountain top.

What is the best thing about being a leader?

The people…I have met, walked, and guided with so many amazing people from around the world. You can’t always guarantee views, sometimes we have to turn back from a summit, but all of this doesn’t matter if you are sharing an amazing experience and having great chat with people. Don’t ever be afraid to go on a trip solo, you will meet likeminded people; the friendships and bonds you make in a short space of time, can last for many years.

What is your proudest achievement to date?

My proudest 3 are guiding Sue on Ben Nevis (see above), Completing the 282 Scottish Munros in 2020 and getting my Winter Mountain Leader award. The latter requiring a high level of fitness, commitment, and skill in demanding, snowy conditions and a culmination of years of mountain climbing in all weathers.

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MEET THE TEAM – STEVE BERRY

August 14, 2023

At Charity Challenge we are extremely proud of the amazing crew we have. We know it can be a little daunting joining a challenge for the first time so we thought you might like to meet the team in advance of your Charity Challenge. Today we introduce you to Challenge Leader – Steve Berry

Name

Steve Berry

How long have you been a Challenge Leader?

8 years

What’s been your favourite challenge (so far)?

First Icelandic Lava trek with Royal Le Page. I met Marc Berlin for the first time; we’ve since become very good friends

Do you have any challenges left on your bucket list?

That’s a tough question! I would love to go and have a look at K2, its always fascinated me

How do you keep your body in tip top shape for the challenge season?

Its no fun being a ‘mature’ leader, and that’s the challenge. I structure my preparation around the challenge. Some require a lot more, lots of gym work; judo and time on my feet carrying a heavy bag. I never want to be the weakest link in the group; always the oldest but never the weakest!

What are your go to snacks to keep you fuelled and hydrated on a challenge?

Water and lots of it, always works for me!

Any top tips to share with participants signed up to a challenge?

Good structured preparation is key. your fitness levels will improve along with your confidence. Good food and hydration are super important too.

What 5 items do you always pack in your day rucksack?

# 1 A good sense of humour #2 Water #3 Wet wipes #4 Gaffer tape #5 First aid kit

What is the best thing about being a leader?

Helping clients achieve their goal.

What is your proudest achievement to date?

I have achieved a lot during my career but by far my proudest moment was summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro with my younger daughter Kirsti. It was an emotional roller coaster for us both!

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LAST REMAINING SPACES FOR 2023!

July 18, 2023

Think it’s too late to book an epic adventure for 2023? Insider info – it’s not!

We’ve got some amazing UK challenges this year with limited spaces remaining. Need some inspiration on where to go? Check out our challenges below.

With limited spaces available, act fast so you dont miss out!

National Three Peaks Challenge

Take on the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales. Considered one of Britain’s toughest outdoor challenges, the National Three Peaks Challenge takes in the dizzy heights of Ben Nevis (1,344m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Snowdon (1,085m) over 42kms in just 24hrs.

Fri 06 Oct – Sun 08 Oct 2023

Ben Nevis at Night

Ben Nevis At Night Challenge

Beginning in Glen Nevis, in the heart of the Scottish highlands, this spectacular challenge will take you to the top of Ben Nevis (1345m)….at night! Reach the summit as the sun starts to rise and you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Scottish Highlands.

Sat 14 Oct – Sun 15 Oct 2023

Snowdon At Night Challenge

Beginning in the town of Llanberis, in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, this spectacular challenge will see you and fellow fundraisers trekking to the top of Snowdon (1085m) … at night! Trek under the starry skies of Snowdonia in order to reach the summit of the highest mountain in Wales.

Sat 14 Oct – Sun 15 Oct 2023

Yorkshire 3 Peaks At Night Challenge

Challenge yourself to complete this classic UK trekking challenge, but with a twist! 38km trek at night to summit the Yorkshire Three Peaks – Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen Y Ghent. Start as the sun sets, and aim to reach the final peak as the sun begins to rise.

Sat 21 Oct – Sun 22 Oct 2023

Edinburgh 7 Summits Challenge

Take part in this tough 35km urban challenge set in the heart of Edinburgh. Experience hidden routes through this beautiful Scottish city, and experience it from 7 incredible viewpoints! You’ll follow historic waterways, forgotten railways, stop off at castles and palaces and climb to the summit Arthurs Seat – an extinct volcano!

Sat 28 Oct 2023

London Royal Parks Challenge

Challenge yourself to this 45km distance trek between the 10 London Royal Parks. This epic route will take you across historic parkland and beautiful green spaces, while passing some of the finest architecture in London. 

Sat 04 Nov 2023

London 10 Peaks Challenge

London 10 Peaks Challenge

Discover ten of London’s often hidden peaks on this marathon distance walking challenge. See a different side to London and journey through 42km of beautiful woodland, nature reserves and quieter spaces

Sat 11 Nov 2023


If the timing is not right this year for a challenge, fear not, we have a fabulous selection of challenges available for you next year! All 2024 challenge dates are now live on our website.

Whether you are looking for popular challenges in the UK, or epic expeditions in magical far off distant places, we have it covered at Charity Challenge. 

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MEET THE TEAM – ANDY BAKER

July 14, 2023

At Charity Challenge we are extremely proud of the amazing crew we have. We know it can be a little daunting joining a challenge for the first time so we thought you might like to meet the team in advance of your Charity Challenge. Today we introduce you to our Head of UK Events – Andy Baker

Andy Baker

Name

Andy Baker

How long have you been part of the Charity Challenge team?

Too long! 🙂 It will be 10 years at the end of this year. I have been promised a prize!

What’s your role at Charity Challenge?

Head of UK Events

Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did before joining Charity Challenge?

I worked over in Egypt setting up an EU funded trekking company with local Bedouin. It was great craic, and the Sinai mountains are still my favourite place to go trekking.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The winter months when I have no UK challenges taking place! But other than that, I love the sense of being part of such a great team of office staff and leaders. It’s a lovely environment to work in.

What advice would you give someone who is looking to do a Charity Challenge?

Blister management! Buy yourself a roll of K-Tape and learn how to tape up your feet to avoid blisters.

What’s been your favourite charity challenge (so far)?

I still have a real fondness for the MIND hikes that we used to organise. It was our first venture into doing bespoke itineraries, and some were more successful than others! I loved leading on our Greenland trek a few years ago. Being helicoptered into the wilderness to start the trek was very cool.

Do you have any challenges left on your bucket list?

A few more things in South America, maybe. I’m always pretty jealous when I appoint leaders to go to Patagonia. But there is no chance my wife would ever allow it so I’ll keep my ambitious more modest. I’d like to get our Isle of Skye Challenge running.

What three things can’t you live without?

Coffee. My copy of Sign O’the Times by Prince. My daughter. Probably in that order.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself…

I once spent an entire day being escorted around the Congolese town of Goma by an armed group of local people (one of whom was carrying a bazooka) as they helped me search for some Um-Bongo to drink. I had asked them whether it was true when the TV ad had said “Um-Bongo, Um-Bongo, they drink it in the Congo”. At the end of the day one of the men turned to me and very sadly said, “I don’t think it’s true!”

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5 REASONS TO TAKE ON THE GREAT WALL DISCOVERY TREK, CHINA

June 28, 2023

The Great Wall Discovery Trek is back and it is one of our top life-changing challenges, according to so many who have taken on the challenge! In agreement with this, is many of our Challenge Leaders who are beyond excited that China is back on and ready for you to take on the challengeing five day trek on the Great Wall.

Jo Warren is the Operations Manager for this challenge, has previously led five groups on the wall and is joining our October departure. She has endless reasons why you need to take on this challenge, but has tried to narrow it down (…very difficult!) to the TOP FIVE.

Check them out…

1. The best journey you have ever taken…

The Great Wall Discovery is a fantastic first time, second time or tenth time challenge. Whether you have travelled independently before or not, been to Asia before or not, taken on a Charity Challenge before or not, this five day challenge will take each trekker on a very special journey that they will remember for the rest of their lives. From arriving into Beijing , checking into your first family run lodge to trekking through villages, farmland and onto the steep, stony and sometimes narrow paths of the Great Wall that wind their way through the mountains, you will experience a week of absolute highs and of course sometimes a few lows! The first time you look up at the many steps ahead of you to climb to that watchtower, to discovering the encouraging words of the Chinese guides or the friendly hand of a team mate to help you make your way to the top! The feeling of elation when you stand at the top of each tower and look back to where you have come from and look forward to the many winding miles of the wall in front of you in all its glory! Trekking the Great Wall is an iconic experience that will leave you with life long memories.

“A trek to remind us that it is very much about the journey and not the destination”  (Former Great Wall Discovery Trekker)

2. One of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site

As the largest man-made structure in the world, the Great Wall of China is one of the most iconic and popular heritage sites anywhere! Believe me when I say looking at a postcard of the wall, will never capture its absolute magnificence. You just have to be there to see and feel it! The Great Wall is more than 21,000km long (according to the National Cultural Heritage Administration) and the most part built during the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), I say for the most part (in fact approx., 8,850km of it) as there were several dynasties before and after that played a part. Rack your brain around those figures! Your Chinese guides will have a wealth of knowledge and will be able to help you visualise the construction of this impressive structure and the length of its history.

      “I felt like I was on the top of the world when we climbed the highest point of the trek on our last day. The views were amazing and I truly felt like I have fulfilled my challenge and my dream!” (Former Great Wall Discovery Trekker)

3. The guides

I may be biased but we have just the BEST team of trekking guides. You will be met at the airport by the local Chinese Guides with big smiles and excitement to show you their China. They just LOVE to Trek and chat, share their knowledge, their childhood stories, with a joke or two thrown in.  They will guide you every step of the way but will also become a very dear friend with a helping hand whenever you need it. Follow their pace and each and every footstep they take and you will achieve every watchtower, every step, every km. My oldest and dearest memories of the wall is watching the guides zigzag their way down the many steep sections of the wall. This looks like it would take longer but as they explained, why put unnecessary impact on your knees when you can trek smarter. Not to mention trekking poles are a game changer.

 “A life changing experience. Well worth all the hard work and an amazing feeling to have completed the challenge.” (Former Great Wall Discovery Trekker)

4. A sense of achievement

The best bit about this challenge is every step of the way you have that sense of achievement. You don’t have to wait until you reach that summit or finish that 50km mark etc. From your very first rest stop you can look back and see how far you have come. Every day is different! If you have in mind that you will be walking those picture perfect, nicely laid blocks of the wall then I have news for you! Parts of the wall are maintained, parts are … lets say a little more warn out! We will take you on a mix of both, spice it up with a village or two, some countryside, farmland, meet some locals etc. at the end of each day you feel you have achieved a very varied day! Not to mention all the other factors of a challenge, trying new food, meeting new friends. Which brings me onto number 5!

“A truly incredible challenge! Breath-taking views and unimaginable landscapes that you get to walk through. A challenge where every day is different from the last, and you can really feel a sense of achievement looking back at where you came from. Everyone will wish they could have gone with you!”(Former Great Wall Discovery Trekker)

5. Life-changing!

Picture this, Meeting a group of strangers at the airport for the very first time. All with one thing in common – no one knows what lies ahead. Now picture the end of the first day! A tough but exhilarating, long but rewarding day , legs sore from climbing all those steps but knowing everyone with you is in the same boat. Your day ends with friendly faces from the lodge owners, some culture and discussion from  the guides and a table full of delicious food with new friends. A week full of ups and downs (literally, with over 10,000 steps), The Great Wall Discovery Trek will bring you friends for life, a lifetime of memories and I guarantee after this challenge you will be hooked and ready to sign up for the next one!

 “ An amazing week of challenges that uplifted my soul” (Former Great Wall Discovery Trekker)


If you are interested in joining us in China for your next challenge click on the link below for more details :


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MEET THE TEAM – SIMON ALBERT

June 5, 2023

At Charity Challenge we are extremely proud of the amazing crew we have. We know it can be a little daunting joining a challenge for the first time so we thought you might like to meet the team in advance of your Charity Challenge. Today we introduce you to our Director – Simon Albert

Name

Simon Albert

How long have you been part of the Charity Challenge team?

Since its foundation in 1999.

What’s your role at Charity Challenge?

Being the founder and Managing Director, I get involved all over the business, but primarily I set the vision and goals for the business and specifically I work on business development.

Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did before joining Charity Challenge?

I was a Graduate Trainee at Nestle working in the marketing team on Nescafe coffee. During my time there I took on personal challenges to raise funds for charity in Jordan and Kilimanjaro, where I developed a passion for travel, and for helping others, and then organised and led a few trips voluntarily to Tanzania, Cuba and Zimbabwe before realising this was something I wanted to do with my life.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I have worked in Charity Challenge for 24 years now, since its inception and I can honestly say that I am as passionate now (in fact probably more so) than at any time during the life of the business. The last few years of covid have been incredibly tough on the business and me as the owner, with a heavy feeling of responsible for the people who work for the business in the UK, for our leaders and support teams around the world. But now that we have emerged from the lockdowns and grounded international travel, the business is growing fast and we are building back up with a great team of people and getting back to what we do best… providing life changing challenges, inspiring people to believe in themselves and to achieve incredible physical goals, all whilst raising millions of pounds for good causes. I’m loving it!

What advice would you give someone who is looking to do a Charity Challenge?

Make sure you are pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, but be realistic. Read the Trip Notes with all of the necessary detail and allow yourself time to improve your fitness and raise the funds for your cause. If you can, choose to raise funds for a cause you are personally passionate about as it will inspire you in all aspects of the process (fitness training, fundraising, and the challenge itself). BELIEVE in yourself. We will give you all of the support and encouragement to ACHIEVE your goals and INSPIRE your friends and family.

What’s been your favourite charity challenge (so far)?

I have been incredibly lucky to take on a number of challenges around the world over the years, including with my three sons, Benji, Gadi and Nathan, who are all teenagers now and who (thankfully) love nature and adventure. But the best for me in the last few years was the Trek to Petra in Jordan last year, for a number of reasons. My wife, Lianne, came with and we celebrated her 50th birthday in the desert. It was also the first time in 20 years that we had taken on a Charity Challenge together, since we started a family. So for me, having Lianne come on the challenge and walk with participants, many of whom had done 5, 6 or 7 challenges with the company, made me especially proud! And then of course there’s the Roman ruin in Amman, the Dead Sea, five days of incredible scenery and Bedouin hospitality, and all topped off with a visit to Petra, the ancient Nabatean city, over 2000 years old, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Modern Wonder of the World.    

Do you have any challenges left on your bucket list?

For sure. The world is a big place and there’s lots to do that I haven’t had the chance to. Just this year I went on our Dog Sledding challenge in Lapland, and discovered a new activity, the Northern Lights, and living within the Arctic Circle. So yes, there are lots more on my bucket list. Some I probably haven’t yet considered, and many I have been hearing about over the years from returning participants (Dalai Lama Himalayan Trek, Everest Base Camp, Winter Mount Toubkal to name a few)

What three things can’t you live without?

My family, nature, and new adventures/experiences.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself…

On my previous adventures over the years (outside of Charity Challenge I should add), I have experienced a crocodile attack in Nepal, a near miss with tiger sharks in Australia (whilst bleeding in the water), an earthquake in Egypt, flash floods in Tanzania and a rather serious bike crash in France.

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Dog Sledding Challenge with Simon Albert, Charity Challenge Director

June 5, 2023

Charity Challenge Director, Simon Albert, shares his latest experience on the Dog Sledding Challenge, Sweden.

In March I returned from the most incredible week of dog sledding in the Arctic, in minus 30 degrees Celsius. I was travelling with a great team of nine Geordies, who were raising money for a homeless charity, and who filled the week with humour and laughter.

We saw moose, reindeer and Arctic hares, and each had the task of working with a team of 3 or 4 powerful huskies to sled through the Arctic wilderness. We learnt about the indigenous people, the Sami, and stayed one night in a Sami tee pee sleeping in minus 15 degrees. Lunches were cooked on an open fire, and in the evenings, after a plate of moose stew, we lay on the frozen lake on reindeer skins, watching the stars above including the odd shooting star.

But to cap it all, we watched streaks of green in the sky one evening and out of nowhere, a light show began that left us in complete awe. It’s hard to put into words, and even the photos and videos don’t really do it justice, but the entire sky lit up and danced magically in an array of colours, back and forth. It was like something out of Avatar, created in someone’s imagination purely to blow your mind. I shall never forget that moment!

Each day, the dog sledding got a little more challenging, in distance and terrain, as we honed our mushing skills. The final day saw most of us struggle to stay upright on the sled, as we fell into four feet of snow to the side of the trail.  

I’ve been privileged to have taken on many of our challenges over the years, and this really has to rank as one of the best! It’s totally different to anything I have done before, in so many ways, and I ticked a number of things off of my bucket list, but it was nothing like I had imagined. The truth is, I really didn’t know what to imagine.

It’s true that the dogs do most of the physical exercise on this challenge, pulling you along on your sled, through the snowy Lapland terrain, but don’t under-estimate the nature of the challenge for participants.

It’s an incredibly inhospitable environment. Firstly because the outside temperature is consistently between minus 15 and minus 30 degrees. It can drop 10 or 15 degrees in an hour. For the dogs, their comfort temperature is minus 15. For our entire group, we were well outside of our comfort zone! It’s so cold at times that with each intake of breath through my nose, I could feel the hairs in my nostrils freezing. The dogs would urinate against the trees, and it would freeze to an icicle before reaching the ground.

Then there’s living with minimal home comforts. You are staying overnight in a wilderness cabin in the woods, on an island, next to a frozen lake, 5kms from the nearest neighbours. It’s a stunning setting, but there is no electricity, no running water and the toilet is an outside long drop toilet in a hut. For water, you need to head to the lake and with an axe and a 4 foot drill, to get through 60cms of ice to reach the water below. The water then needs to be carried back to the cabin.

With the freezing temperatures, comes the needs to dress appropriately. From thermal underwear, to fleece lined trousers and a fleece and jumper and coat on top, with a thick snow suit over the top of everything from head to toe. Then thick woollen socks, heavy snow boots, gloves and mittens on your hands, a scarf, buff, and balaclava on your head. It makes moving around difficult and energy sapping. Just harnessing the dogs for 20mins leaves you sweating, and when sledding uphill, you have to jump off the sled and hold on whilst running alongside or behind, to support the dogs. The distances aren’t huge but the physicality for short bursts can be very demanding.

And finally, there’s the actual activity of dog sledding. Like most people, I didn’t know what to expect, but assumed my main challenge would be to hold on to the sled as the dogs manoeuvred through the Arctic wilderness. Well, that’s certainly one element to the challenge but there’s so much more.    

Each day the terrain got slightly more challenging, taking bends and corners, or where the ground is either angled leaning to the left or the right, so a good sense of balance is required. The dogs are incredibly powerful and when they pull off from a starting position, you need to use your strength to hold on. There’s no first gear, second gear, they go from nothing to full power instantly! You need to break with your left foot, right foot, both feet, soft break, hard break, lean to keep upright when moving over uneven terrain, and keep the right speed. Too fast means you will run into the sled in front, or the dogs will try and run around the team in front, meaning they run off the path which could be 4 feet deep in snow! Breaking too late if you’re not paying attention could mean the sled runs in to the back of your dogs as when they stop, as the sled will keep going unless you control it.

You can’t switch off your focus for even a second and that’s particularly challenging.

It really was an incredible experience, one I will never forget, and one I would whole heartedly recommend to anyone with a sense of adventure, and full acceptance of the Arctic conditions, and all that it entails.  

I have so much respect for Kent and Jordana who operate the challenge in Lapland, for living in such a hostile environment whilst bringing up their young family, for operating an incredible business, and all whilst caring passionately for 91 dogs!

For more information, go to https://www.charitychallenge.com/expedition/3736/Dog-Sledding-Challenge

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MEET THE TEAM – John Allen

May 18, 2023

At Charity Challenge we are extremely proud of the amazing crew we have. We know it can be a little daunting joining a challenge for the first time so we thought you might like to meet the team in advance of your Charity Challenge. Today we introduce you to Challenge Leader – John Allen

Name

John Allen

How long have you been a Challenge Leader?

2023 will be my 7th year working for Charity Challenge.

What’s been your favourite challenge (so far)?

It would probably have to be Everest Base Camp. There is something about the Himalayas that has to be personally experienced rather than seen through a screen.

Do you have any challenges left on your bucket list?

To complete a challenge as a participant, rather than the leader!

How do you keep your body in tip top shape for the challenge season?

In the winter season I install bathrooms. Climbing thousands of stairs with heavy loads keeps me surprisingly fit!

What are your go to snacks to keep you fuelled and hydrated on a challenge?

I quite like dried mango. It’s a taste of sunshine, which is nice when the rain is lashing down!  Just plain water for me as it can be used for more than just drinking. Try washing your hands or cleaning a wound with a sports drink!

Any top tips to share with participants signed up to a challenge?

Spend some time before hand walking uphill, preferably with your packed rucksack on – if you have no hills near you, stairs in high rise buildings work just as well.

What 5 items do you always pack in your day rucksack?

A windproof top, a Buff, a large bag of Colin the Caterpillars’ (vegan), some sunscreen and a tick remover!

What is the best thing about being a leader?

Learning about the lives of the wonderfully varied people who sign up to complete a challenge and their reasons for doing so. The shared life experiences and stories of all those participants has enhanced my life immeasurably.

What is your proudest achievement to date?

Qualifying as a Mountain Leader at 46 years young. It was the first ‘exam’ I ever fully passed and has given me more opportunities and experiences than I could have ever dreamed were possible.

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MEET THE TEAM – Danny Barden

April 19, 2023

At Charity Challenge we are extremely proud of the amazing crew we have. We know it can be a little daunting joining a challenge for the first time so we thought you might like to meet the team in advance of your Charity Challenge. Today we introduce you to Challenge Leader – Danny Barden

Name

Danny Barden

How long have you been a Challenge Leader?

8 years

What’s been your favourite challenge (so far)?

Great Wall Discovery, China

Do you have any challenges left on your bucket list?

Too many to list them all here (!) but top of the list would be anything with mountains: Simien Mountain Trek, Kyrgyzstan Trek and of course Everest Base Camp trek.

How do you keep your body in tip top shape for the challenge season?

Once the festive season is well and truly over it’s back to keeping an eye on the calories and getting out into the mountains at least once a week.

What are your go to snacks to keep you fuelled and hydrated on a challenge?

Nakd bars and a dark chocolate, honey roast peanut and dried mango pieces trail mix.

Any top tips to share with participants signed up to a challenge?

The higher and longer the hill training you can fit in before you head off on your challenge the better prepared you’ll be; get yourself a pair of walking poles and learn how to use them for best effect; similarly, get yourself a hydration bladder and get used to using it.

What 5 items do you always pack in your day rucksack?

Apart from food, water & waterproofs: spare gloves, an extra warm layer, head torch, first aid kit, and a bag of ‘morale-raising’ vegan friendly jelly babies.

What is the best thing about being a leader?

Getting to help people achieve their goals while often being well outside their comfort zones.

What is your proudest achievement to date?

Receiving feedback from challenge participants about how my support, encouragement and advice helped them to keep taking the next step towards their goal.

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TEACHER FRIENDLY CHALLENGE DATES

February 21, 2023

This one goes out to all of you amazing teachers out there!

You may think your strict holiday availability would make it impossible for you to take on the challenge of a lifetime.

Well, we’ve just released some teacher friendly dates for a few of our amazing challenges, such as the Icelandic Lava Trek, Saigon to Angkor Wat Bike Ride and our Trek to Machu Picchu in Peru.

So, if you’re a teacher who’s always wanted to take on a charity challenge and explore some amazing places checkout our range of teacher friendly dates below:

Defeat the Peak : Scafell Pike Challenge, UK

Sat 27 May – Sun 28 May 2023

Join us in May as we defeat the peak and take on Scafell Pike at Night in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Beginning in the Langdale, in the heart of the Lake District National Park, this spectacular challenge will see you and fellow fundraisers trekking to the top of Scafell….at night!

Snowdon at Night

Snowdon By Moonlight Challenge, UK

Sat 03 Jun – Sun 04 Jun 2023

Join us in June as take on Snowdon at Night in aid of Sense. Beginning in the town of Llanberis, in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, this spectacular challenge will see you and fellow fundraisers trekking to the top of Snowdon….at night!

Welsh 3000’s Challenge, UK

Fri 21 Jul – Sun 23 Jul 2023

Take your challenge experience to the next level with this classic mountain challenge in stunning Snowdonia. All 3000ft mountains, in a single epic weekend. One incredible adventure to test yourself against.

Snowdon At Night Challenge, UK

Sat 22 Jul – Sun 23 Jul 2023

Join us in July as take on Snowdon at Night in aid of CALM, Campaign Against Living Miserably. Beginning in the town of Llanberis, in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, this spectacular challenge will see you and fellow fundraisers trekking to the top of Snowdon….at night!

Icelandic Lava Trek, Iceland

Wed 02 Aug – Sun 06 Aug 2023

Host to some of Europe’s most incredible wilderness, this Icelandic itinerary takes in thundering waterfalls, steaming lava fields, plunging fjords and spouting geysers. Trek 58kms over 3-days through one of the planet’s most volcanic regions. 

National Three Peaks Challenge, UK

Fri 04 Aug – Sun 06 Aug 2023

Brace yourself for a fast-paced and physically challenging adventure, as you take on the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales, in aid of Norfolk and Waveney Mind

Giants Causeway Challenge, UK

Fri 04 Aug – Sun 06 Aug 2023

This tough one day challenge has you trekking a marathon distance along the dramatic coastline of the Giant’s Causeway UNESCO World Heritage site.

Lake District 5 Peaks Challenge

Fri 11 Aug – Sat 12 Aug 2023

Prepare for an epic challenge through the rugged and dramatic landscape of the Lake District, as you tackle five of England’s most demanding peaks, including its highest – Scafell Pike.

London 10 Peaks Challenge

London 10 Peaks Challenge, UK

Sat 19 Aug 2023

Discover ten of London’s often hidden peaks on this marathon distance walking challenge. See a different side to London and journey through 42km of beautiful woodland, nature reserves and quieter spaces.

Trek to Machu Picchu, Peru

Sat 21 Oct – Mon 30 Oct 2023

The Trek to Machu Picchu follows the uncrowded Ancascocha trail, surrounded by the spectacular Andes mountains, raging rivers and remote mountain communities. Celebrate your success as you marvel at the awe-inspiring lost Incan city of Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Saigon to Angkor Wat Bike Ride, Vietnam

Thu 19 Oct – Sun 29 Oct 2023

Follow the road less cycled from Saigon to Angkor Wat, through endless miles of quiet backwater roads, passing ancient temples and bustling markets, beautiful and varied rural landscapes, and quaint villages. Cover 450km across seven days, from the waterways and rice paddies of the Mekong Delta, finishing at the astonishing Angkor Wat to celebrate a cycle well done.

Charity Challenge - Saigon to Angkor Wat Bike Ride

Trek Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Sat 21 Oct – Sun 29 Oct 2023

Finishing at the Khmer architectural masterpiece of Angkor Wat, this 5-day trek will take you into the heart of the stunning Phnom (Mount) Kulen National Park. Along the way, you will have the chance to experience the rhythm of rural life and marvel at the dazzling landscape that surrounds Siem Reap. 

Edinburgh 7 Summits Challenge

Edinburgh 7 Summits, UK

Sat 28 Oct 2023

Take part in this tough 35km urban challenge set in the heart of Edinburgh. Experience hidden routes through this beautiful Scottish city, and experience it from 7 incredible viewpoints! You’ll follow historic waterways, forgotten railways, stop off at castles and palaces and climb to the summit of Arthurs Seat – an extinct volcano!

Kilimanjaro Summit Climb, Tanzania

Wed 24 Jul – Sun 04 Aug 2024

Follow the uncrowded Lemosho route to conquer the famous ‘roof of Africa’ – Mt Kilimanjaro (5,895m). Embrace a truly life-changing journey and trek through five incredible, unspoilt eco-systems.

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MEET THE TEAM – Duncan Turnbull

February 14, 2023

At Charity Challenge we are extremely proud of the amazing crew we have. We know it can be a little daunting joining a challenge for the first time so we thought you might like to meet the team in advance of your Charity Challenge. Today we introduce you to Challenge Leader – Duncan Turnbull

Name

Duncan Turnbull

How long have you been a Challenge Leader?

This is my 5th year with Charity Challenge

What’s been your favourite challenge (so far)?

100% the CoppaFeel! Scottish Highlands Challenge

Do you have any challenges left on your bucket list?

Oh yes! Mt Toubkal Trek, Icelandic Lava Trek, Trek to Machu Picchu, Mongolia, and GR20 Corsica.

How do you keep your body in tip top shape for the challenge season?

I’m on my feet all day with my daytime job, I also swim and go to the gym, any free time I’m out on the hills

What are your go to snacks to keep you fuelled and hydrated on a challenge?

I love pork pies, crisps, and my own special trail mix of mixed nuts, dried fruit, dried bananas, and Smarties yum yum!! Plus plenty of water. The reason for the pork pies and crisps is the high calorie intake to replace calories burned during ascents and crisps to help salt replacement!

Any top tips to share with participants signed up to a challenge?

1/ Properly worn in boots

2/ Take waterproof jacket and pants as they are also wind proof

3/ Drink plenty of water 2ltrs on a normal day and 3ltrs on a hot day

Do training walks with your pack on to get used to carrying it preferably with with kit in it!

Carry some of your favourite snacks to enjoy during the day (also to share with your leaders)!😁

What 5 items do you always pack in your day rucksack?

1/ Compass and paper map

2/ GPS

3/ First aid kit

4/ Group shelter

5/ Hard shell jacket and pants

What is the best thing about being a leader?

I love sharing knowledge and tips to the clients, I also get a huge buzz helping them to complete which ever challenges

What is your proudest achievement to date?

Helping the girls to complete the CoppaFeel! Scottish Highlands Challenge

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⚠️ FLASH SALE ⚠️ – £100 off the reg fee on our NEW Isle of Skye Challenge

February 7, 2023

Isle of Skye Challenge flash sale is on now!

Book your spot for Sun 14 May – Fri 19 May 2023 and get £100 off your reg fee with the code SKYE100.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to challenge yourself and explore the breathtaking landscapes of the Isle of Skye.

This discount is only available to the first 4 bookers so make sure you get booked in quickly!

Offer ends midnight Friday 24th Feb.

Overview

Challenge yourself to a spectacular 4-day trekking adventure on the legendary ‘Misty Isle’. With dramatic ridges, a coastline steeped in Gaelic myths and jaw-dropping views, join us for this new challenge on one of Scotland’s most iconic islands – the Isle of Skye.

6 days | UK | Extreme

Highlights

  • Four days of trekking on the Isle of Skye’s iconic ridges, glens and coast
  • Summit one of the peaks of the UK’s most challenging mountain range, the Black Cuillin
  • Discover spectacular hidden corners of the captivating ‘Misty Isle’
  • Traverse the Trotternish Ridge, one of the most dramatic ridge traverses in Britain
  • Trek through one of Scotland’s most impressive glens, Glen Sligachan

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PARTICIPANT STORIES – Joining a challenge as a solo trekker

January 27, 2023

When Ann Ogley joined her first Charity Challenge trip back in September 2014, she did so with a good friend.

Together the pair rose to the challenge of trekking through the Gunung Leuser National Park on the Sumatra Jungle Challenge

A year later Ann’s friend was involved in an accident, however, which meant she could no longer commit to another challenge. 

“So that’s how I ended up going on the next challenge to Brazil on my own,” said Ann, 62, from Rotherham whose trips have supported two local charities. 

“I had been looking at things on the website and thinking that I really wanted to do that one – it wasn’t just trekking, but also canoeing and fishing for your supper. 

“There had been one or two solo travellers on the Sumatra trip and I thought ‘if they can do it, I can too’.”

Not only did she rise to the challenge, but Ann has since participated in a further two Charity Challenges as a solo traveller – one to the Albanian Alps, and most recently to the rose city of Petra in Jordan.

“You’re always a bit apprehensive about who you’re going to meet and whether you’re going to get on with people but everyone is there for the same reason,” she said.

“They are there to challenge themselves and to raise money for something that’s close to their heart so you don’t really have any problems because you have common ground before you even start.

“There are going to be some people who you get on with better than others, but that’s just life. When you are stuck in the middle of a jungle or a desert you don’t really have any other option but to get on with things as you see fit.”

The only down side to joining a challenge on your own, as far as Ann sees it, is that you “miss out on the build up”. 

“It’s the build up and the anticipation and having someone to bounce off,” said Ann. “But once you’re there, there’s quite often a lot of other solo people too.”

Recently back from Jordan, Ann is already looking to the future. 

“It’s addictive and it’s something that I want to get more into,” she said. 

Next up may well be Charity Challenge’s Trek to Machu Picchu – but will she go it alone? 

“My husband keeps hinting that he might do it, but I’m not sure he’d keep up with the rusticness of it so watch this space!”


Interested in joining us on a challenge?

Book before midnight 31st January 2023 and you can get up to 50% off the reg fee on selected 2023 & 2024 challenges in our New Year Sale. Use the code NY2023. Sign up here

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TRAVEL ADVISORY

January 23, 2023

Updated : 23rd Jan 2022

We are saddened to see the closure of Machu Picchu within the last few days due to the political protests in Peru. Our thoughts are with our partners in country and everyone impacted by the current protests. We are in contact with all of our groups travelling to Peru this year, but if you are considering joining a challenge and wish to discuss the situation, please feel free to get in touch with us by emailing info@charitychallenge.com.

Charity Challenge - Trek to Machu Picchu

Updated : 21st Mar 2022

UK Challenges: Covid Update 

With a diary bursting full of exciting challenges, it’s set to be another wonderfully adventurous year. The start of our UK season is already underway, with several successful events already complete. Our challengers have scaled the height of Ben Nevis (in winter no less!), conquered Edinburgh’s seven summits and trekked through the night to overcome the rollercoaster of the South Downs.  

Whilst Covid-19 rules in the UK are being relaxed, Covid-19 is still very much present and so we will continue to keep our challenges ‘Covid-safe’. We therefore encourage all of our groups to follow these simple instructions in order to reduce the risk of transmission:   

  • We strongly advise that anyone doing a challenge with us is fully vaccinated and has any recommended boosters when offered. 
  • We recommend that you carry a face mask with you at all times. You may be asked to wear it at your accommodation, whilst using transport and in case of medical emergencies. 
  • Carry a small bottle of personal hand sanitiser and use this before and after using stiles and gates that result in you needing to touch surfaces.  
  • Avoid sharing food or water with other members of the group. 
  • Respect other people’s personal space.  

Please do not attend the challenge if you have symptoms of or have tested positive for Covid-19. Similarly, if you have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 then you should not travel to the challenge and should follow government advice about getting tested and potentially staying at home. 

If you cannot attend a challenge because you, or a close contact, has symptoms of or has tested positive for Covid, please email challenges@charitychallenge.com to inform us of your situation and we will advise you about your options. 

We also ask everyone to make sure they are familiar with the latest government guidelines on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus. These can be read here

We will continue to monitor the government’s advice regarding travel, social-distancing, group sizes, use of accommodation and transport. And we will ensure that everyone on our challenges is briefed on specific safety measures in place to keep the group safe and so you can relax and enjoy the challenge ahead. 

Our current Covid Safe Health & Safety guidelines can be found here.  

Thank you for your patience whilst we have dealt with the obvious impacts of the pandemic on our travel business. 

We look forward to a busy and adventurous 2022 with you! 

The Charity Challenge team 

Updated : 24th Jan 2022

We are delighted to now be operating some overseas challenges again for the first time in almost two years, we have a number of challenges departing imminently for Tanzania, Nepal, Peru, Argentina and Sweden.

We are constantly reviewing relevant information from our local in country partners, airlines, and local and international government authorities. Restrictions and advice are subject to change, sometimes at very short notice, so we are updating all groups due to depart within the next three months as to the requirements for leaving the UK, travelling to their challenge destination, and returning home afterwards.

Today the UK government announced that, as of 4am on 11 February, fully vaccinated participants will not need to take any covid tests on their return to England (at the time of this update, Scotland, Wales and Ireland are yet to confirm if they will follow suit).

We strongly advise that anyone travelling with us is fully vaccinated and has any recommended boosters when offered.

We will therefore provide information on entry / exit requirements on that basis. If anyone is not fully vaccinated, it is your responsibility to check the requirements surrounding Covid-19 as soon as possible. If you require any further support prior to departure or whilst in country you must contact us about this as soon as possible.

We will continue to touch base with each international group no later than 12 weeks before departure to give you an update on any covid restrictions or requirements.

Our UK challenge portfolio has been fully operational since July 2020 and we envisage all challenges operating as planned throughout 2022. However, if there are any issues or concerns we will inform you about these at the appropriate time before your challenge. Please continue to fundraise and train for your challenge!

We will continue to carefully monitor the government’s advice regarding travel, social-distancing, group sizes, use of accommodation and transport. Our current Covid Safe Health & Safety guidelines can be found here

Thank you for your patience whilst we have dealt with the obvious impacts of the pandemic on our travel business.

We look forward to a busy and adventurous 2022 with you!

The Charity Challenge team

Updated : 29th Nov 2021

On the 27th November 2021 the Prime Minister confirmed new measures following the emergence of the Omicron variant in the UK. These measures are precautionary, and will be reviewed in three weeks.

All international arrivals must take a PCR test before the end of day 2, and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

The latest set of announcements does not currently impact our ability to operate, however if this situation changes we will be in touch directly with any affected groups. If you don’t hear from us then your challenge will be proceeding as planned.

For now, our advice remains the same to everyone booked on a challenge with us: –

Overseas Challenges

We will be in touch no later than 12 weeks before departure to give you an update on your individual trips status. We will do all we can to run the challenge but please be aware that there are still likely to be some additional requirements for yourselves, such as testing on your return to the UK.

UK Challenges

Our entire UK challenge portfolio is now fully operational.

We will continue to carefully monitor the government’s advice regarding travel, social-distancing, group sizes, use of accommodation and transport.

Our current Covid Safe Health & Safety guidelines can be found here

Thank you for your patience whilst we review all of the new information and timelines.

The Charity Challenge team

Updated : 15th June 2021

Charity Challenge has successfully operated a number of its UK challenges over the past 10 days and we hope to be able to run the vast majority of our remaining UK challenges this season.

However, with the latest government announcement delaying Step 4 of the roadmap (removal of all restrictions) from Monday 21st June to Monday 19th July, it does mean that a number of challenges due to take place in the coming few weeks will have to be modified or postponed.

If your challenge is affected we will be contacting you over the coming few days, so please bear with us as we clarify what’s needed and then contact groups in a chronological order.  

For now, our advice remains the same to everyone booked on a challenge with us: –

UK Challenges

We will contact you no later than 8 weeks prior to your challenge should be unable to go ahead, or if we need to make any changes due to the impact of social distancing and any other restrictions in place.  

Overseas Challenges

We will be in touch no later than 12 weeks before departure to give you an update on your individual trips status. If your destination is in the ‘green list’ we will do all we can to run the challenge but please be aware that there is still likely to be some additional requirements for yourselves, such as pre departure testing.

We will continue to carefully monitor the government’s advice regarding travel, social-distancing, group sizes, use of accommodation and transport.

Our current Covid-19 Protocols can be found here.

Thank you for your patience whilst we review all of the new information and timelines.

The Charity Challenge team

Updated : 7th May 2021

Charity Challenge welcome’s the latest announcement from the UK Government around the slow re-opening of international travel.

The traffic light system, of categorising each destination, means we need to look at each of our challenges in turn and see what may be possible; we don’t only have to look at what the UK government are saying, we also need to have a clear idea of what each destination government are instructing as well.

We are very excited that we are beginning to move towards a date when we can resume operating our international challenges again, but we will need some time to make sure we fully understand the implications on our participants, our leaders, the local teams and the itineraries that we have planned.

For now, our advice remains the same to everyone booked on a challenge with us: –

Overseas Challenges

  • We will be in touch no later than 12 weeks before departure to give you an update on your individual trips status. If your destination is in the ‘green list’ we will do all we can to run the challenge but please be aware that there is still likely to be some additional requirements for yourselves, such as pre departure testing.

UK Challenges

  • Our plans for all our UK challenges are progressing well and we hope the UK roadmap continues as planned. We will be operating our first UK challenges again shortly, starting at the end of May. We will contact you no later than 8 weeks prior to your challenge should your challenge be unable to go ahead, or if we need to make any changes due to the impact of social distancing and any other restrictions in place.  

We will continue to carefully monitor the government’s advice regarding travel, social-distancing, group sizes, use of accommodation and transport.

Our current Covid-19 Protocols can be found here.

Thank you for your patience whilst we review all of the new information and timelines.

The Charity Challenge team

Updated : 23rd February 2021

Charity Challenge welcome’s the latest announcement from the UK Government about its step-by-step plan to ease restrictions in England.

We are very excited that we are beginning to move towards a date when we can resume operating our challenges again, and to have an end in sight for the majority of the restrictions that have impacted on all of our lives over the past year.

We recognise that there could potentially be a variation in the guidelines from the different nations of the UK, and we are awaiting the latest updates from the Scottish and Welsh governments too, as well as updates from our transport and accommodation partners, before we make any final decisions on what actions to take regarding our upcoming UK challenge season.

For now, our advice remains the same to everyone booked on a UK Challenge – your challenge is scheduled to continue as planned, and we will contact you no later than 8 weeks prior to your challenge should it be unable to go ahead, or if we need to make any changes to fully reflect the impact of social distancing and restrictions in place.  

If you are booked on an Overseas Challenge, we will be in touch no later than 12 weeks before departure to give you an update on your individual trips status.

We will be carefully monitoring the government’s updated advice regarding travel, social-distancing, group sizes, use of accommodation and transport. We are hopeful that this will mean that we will be able to begin operating our UK challenges again very soon, but with certain measures in place to make sure that they are done safely.

Our current Covid Safe Health & Safety guidelines can be found here.

Thank you for your patience whilst we review all of the new information and timelines.

The Charity Challenge team

Updated : 5th February 2021

With the ongoing lockdowns, throughout the UK, we continue to review and postpone our challenges as necessary. We will be in touch with all challengers as and when needed in line with the timelines below.

UK Challenges

  • Our next UK challenges are due to take place in April 2021 and we hope to be able to run these, we will keep this under constant review.
  • Please note: If for any reason we don’t feel your challenge can proceed we will make a decision approximately 8 weeks prior to your challenge date (the only exception to this would be if the Government advice suddenly changed – between 8 weeks and your challenge date – and then we would be in touch at the earliest convenience). We’ll be in touch with final details and joining instructions for your challenge closer to the event.

Overseas Challenges

  • We have cancelled, or postponed, all overseas challenges from March 2020 to May 2021 to now operate later in 2021 and into early 2022. We are dealing with future challenges in chronological order.
  • Please note: If for any reason we don’t feel your challenge can proceed we will make a decision approximately 12 weeks prior to your challenge date (the only exception to this would be if the Government advice suddenly changed – between 12 weeks and your challenge date – and then we would be in touch at the earliest convenience). We’ll be in touch with final details and joining instructions for your challenge closer to the event.

Keeping COVID-19 Safe

We wish to reassure you that we will be reviewing the implications of any continued restrictions being in place at the time of your event. In 2020 we were very successful in running a number of UK challenge events by putting in place a variety of additional measures to ensure that the challenge could take place safely and within the latest regulations and guidance. To give you an idea of some of these measures they included:

  1. Producing ‘safety briefing videos’ that were sent to all challengers in the week before the challenge to reduce the need to gather in large groups at the meeting point
  2. Staggering registration and start times to reduce the number of people gathering in one place
  3. Providing a ‘Challenge Safe Kit’ to every challenger that included hand sanitiser, a face mask and a buff
  4. Where accommodation was required we were able to provide single rooms for all challengers

Please do read our Covid Safe Health & Safety guidelines and our FAQ page for further information. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing challenges@charitychallenge.com.


Updated : 6th January 2021

With further lockdowns now announced, throughout the UK, we continue to review and postpone our challenges as necessary. We will be in touch with all challengers, that are due to take part over the next 3 months (in the UK and overseas), to inform them of new dates for their challenge as well as any options we can offer them.

UK Challenges

  • Our next UK challenges are due to take place in March 2021 and we will be in touch with groups shortly to provide new dates and any other options available to them. We hope to be able to operate trips again from April but we will keep this under constant review.
  • Please note: If for any reason we don’t feel your challenge can proceed we will make a decision approximately 8 weeks prior to your challenge date (the only exception to this would be if the Government advice suddenly changed – between 8 weeks and your challenge date – and then we would be in touch at the earliest convenience). We’ll be in touch with final details and joining instructions for your challenge closer to the event.

Overseas Challenges

  • We have cancelled, or postponed, all overseas challenges from March 2020 to April 2021 to now operate later in 2021 and into early 2022. We are dealing with future challenges in chronological order. If you have a trip due to depart in May we will be in touch about your challenge in the coming weeks.
  • Please note: If for any reason we don’t feel your challenge can proceed we will make a decision approximately 12 weeks prior to your challenge date (the only exception to this would be if the Government advice suddenly changed – between 12 weeks and your challenge date – and then we would be in touch at the earliest convenience). We’ll be in touch with final details and joining instructions for your challenge closer to the event.

We wish to reassure you that we will be reviewing the implications of any continued restrictions being in place at the time of your event. In 2020 we were very successful in running a number of UK challenge events by putting in place a variety of additional measures to ensure that the challenge could take place safely and within the latest regulations and guidance. To give you an idea of some of these measures they included:

  • Producing ‘safety briefing videos’ that were sent to all challengers in the week before the challenge to reduce the need to gather in large groups at the meeting point
  • Staggering registration and start times to reduce the number of people gathering in one place
  • Providing a ‘Challenge Safe Kit’ to every challenger that included hand sanitiser, a face mask and a buff
  • Where accommodation was required we were able to provide single rooms for all challengers

Please do read our Covid Safe Health & Safety guidelines and our FAQ page for further information. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing challenges@charitychallenge.com.


Updated : 15th December 2020

Over the last few months we had a further lockdown in England and currently many areas of the UK are living under tier-2 and tier-3 restrictions (or the equivalent in Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland).

Unfortunately this means that we had to cancel some of our Winter Challenges that were due to take place in England over the last few months. We will be in touch with all challengers, that are due to take part over the next 3 months (in the UK and overseas), to inform them of new dates for their challenge as well as any options we can offer them.

UK Challenges

  • Our next UK challenges are due to take place in February 2021. As restrictions in different areas are changing regularly we plan to wait until the first week in January to make decisions about whether these challenges will be able to proceed as planned or not.
  • Please note: If for any reason we don’t feel your challenge can proceed we will make a decision approximately 8 weeks prior to your challenge date (the only exception to this would be if the Government advice suddenly changed – between 8 weeks and your challenge date – and then we would be in touch at the earliest convenience). We’ll be in touch with final details and joining instructions for your challenge closer to the event.

Overseas Challenges

  • We have cancelled, or postponed, all overseas challenges from March 2020 to mid-March 2021 to later in 2021 and into early 2022. We are dealing with future challenges in chronological order. If you have a trip due to depart in late March or April we will be in touch about your challenge in the coming weeks.
  • Please note: If for any reason we don’t feel your challenge can proceed we will make a decision approximately 12 weeks prior to your challenge date (the only exception to this would be if the Government advice suddenly changed – between 12 weeks and your challenge date – and then we would be in touch at the earliest convenience). We’ll be in touch with final details and joining instructions for your challenge closer to the event.

Updated : 2nd November 2020

Over the weekend the UK government announced a further lockdown across the whole of England from the 5th November – 2nd December 2020.

Unfortunately this means that we have now had to cancel some of our Winter Challenges that were due to take place in England over the next two weeks. We will be in touch with all challengers, that were due to take part this month, to inform them of new dates for their challenge as well as any options we can offer them.

UK Challenges

  • Our next UK challenges are now due to take place in February 2021.
  • Please note: If for any reason we don’t feel your challenge can proceed we will make a decision approximately 8 weeks prior to your challenge date (the only exception to this would be if the Government advice suddenly changed – between 8 weeks and your challenge date – and then we would be in touch at the earliest convenience). We’ll be in touch with final details and joining instructions for your challenge closer to the event.

Overseas Challenges

  • We have cancelled, or postponed, all overseas challenges from March 2020 to January 2021 to later in 2021. We are dealing with future challenges in chronological order. If you have a trip due to depart in February or March, we will be in touch about your challenge in the coming weeks.
  • We have cancelled, or postponed, all overseas challenges from March 2020 to January 2021 to later in 2021. We are dealing with future challenges in chronological order. If you have a trip due to depart in February or March, we will be in touch about your challenge in the coming weeks.

Updated : 14th October 2020

Over the last few days England, and the devolved administrations of the UK, have all announced a further tightening of guidance/rules, in EnglandWalesScotland and Northern Ireland, in order to stem the flow of new Covid-19 cases.

Some of these announcements now impact on our ability to operate challenges within the guidelines; if this is the case then we will be in touch directly with affected groups. If you don’t hear from us then your challenge will be proceeding as planned.

We ask that everyone take personal responsibility and follow the guidelines from their local area. If you are unable to travel to the challenge because of local restrictions then we ask you to contact us as soon as possible on challenges@charitychallenge.com in order that we can discuss your options.


Updated : 25th September 2020

What happens if I live in an area where there is a local lockdown, or restrictions put in place, that mean I cannot take part in my challenge?

We ask that everyone takes personal responsibility and follows the guidelines from their local area. If you are unable to travel to your challenge then we ask you to contact us as soon as possible. Unfortunately we will not be able to offer refunds as we will have already incurred costs for your place. We will do our best to move you to a later challenge date but there will be a fee to do this, this will vary depending on what costs we have already incurred; please email challenges@charitychallenge.com to inform us of your situation and we will do our best to help.


Updated : 23rd September 2020

Yesterday England, and the devolved administrations of the UK, announced a tightening of guidance/rules, in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, in order to stem the flow of new Covid-19 cases.

The new guidelines do not impact or alter the way in which we are already operating under significant Covid 19 safety protocols and all of our UK challenges are still therefore scheduled to continue as planned. Please do read our previous update from the 11th September, in order to familiarise yourself with the reasoning behind our decisions, as well as the measures we have put in place to keep you safe on your challenge. Please also read our FAQ’s which will answer lots of your questions.


Updated : 11th September 2020

As you may have seen in the press yesterday the guidance/rules around social gatherings (the rule of 6) in England will be changed from Monday 14th September as the government moves to stem the “concerning” rise in cases of Covid-19.  We have been monitoring all information being released from Public Heath England and the UK Government, and assessing what actions to take with regards to all of our upcoming UK challenges.

We have since reviewed the advice and, with input and professional guidance of Sport England and the British Mountaineering Council, can tell you that the government has confirmed that “organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue. That’s because these sports and activities have stringent plans in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19, and because these venues are classed as Covid-secure given the measures they’ve introduced.”

You can rest assured that we will be following the guidance and protocols of the Government, Public Health England, Sport England and the British Mountaineering Council. 

What are the new guidance / rules around social gatherings?

On 9 September, the government announced upcoming changes to simplify restrictions and ensure the virus is controlled. The government statement read; “From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6.” Following this statement we have worked hard to gain clarification from the appropriate governing bodies who provide advice around the operating of sporting activities and events.

Yesterday Sport England announced that:

“While social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from 14 September, the government’s confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue, as can organised outdoor sports and physical activity events such as parkrun, which is due to return next month.

People can also continue to use leisure facilities, including gyms and pools – classes within these venues can continue as they are now. People should not go to these venues socially in groups of more than six.

That’s because these sports and activities have stringent plans in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19, and because these venues are classed as Covid-secure given the measures they’ve introduced.”

This announcement was similarly backed-up by the British Mountaineering Council, who are the organisation who represent the interests of companies and individuals who work in the outdoors:

“Following the statement by the Prime Minister on 9th September relating to restrictions on groups of people meeting in the outdoors in England (the ‘rule of 6’) we can confirm that if clubs follow the steps as detailed in the BMC guidance above then organised club meets will be able to take place with more than 6 people attending).”

What does this mean for your upcoming Charity Challenge?

All of our UK challenges are scheduled to continue as planned. We have worked hard to put in place the appropriate plans to reduce the risk of Covid-19 and, as highlighted in our Covid Safe Health & Safety guidelines, we are currently implementing reduced group sizes and staggered starts.

What changes have we made as a result of this week’s announcement from the government?

Since restarting our UK challenges, we have been using a greater number of leaders to ensure that the group will be able to maintain social distancing whilst providing you with the same level of support.

On challenges with larger group sizes we may ask people to choose a ‘walking speed’ group. This will enable us to separate out the group at registration and the start of the challenge and enable social distancing more easily. 

Specific measures for our National 3 Peaks groups

The government has made clear that transport providers are also allowed to continue operating for groups, provided that they have procedures in place to operate safely. All of the bus transfers on our National 3 Peaks challenges will continue to adhere to the government’s latest safer travel guidelines, that can be viewed here.

We have halved the number of people per bus, from 16 down to 8 people, to ensure that everyone has a double seat allocated to them throughout the challenge, and you will be asked to sit near the window to maximise social distancing. Everyone will be provided with a facemask, and you will be asked to wear it for every section of the journey.

For the latest version of our Covid-19 Health & Safety Guidelines please visit our website here.  

You can also have a look at some Covid-19 (UK Challenges) FAQ’s here.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing challenges@charitychallenge.com.


Updated : 7th July 2020

Following months of global lockdown, closed international borders and social distancing due to the outbreak of Covid-19, restrictions are starting to ease. Charity Challenge have therefore carried out a thorough review of how we operate our challenges and how we can adapt and respond to the new logistical challenge of being Covid safe.   

We are VERY pleased to share that we are looking to restart operating our UK challenges from mid-August in a safe and responsible way. International challenges will follow in time when safe to do so. 

For anyone booked on a National Three Peaks Challenge, we are still awaiting the latest government guidelines regarding transport and accommodation before we make an informed decision on when your challenge is safe to go ahead. 

Covid-19 – Keeping you Safe on your Challenge

The safety of our customers, leaders, doctors, local ground teams, and the communities we interact with on our challenges, is of paramount importance to us.  A large part of our safety system is ensuring that you, our customers, are fully informed and updated of the best practice guidelines and the measures that we have put in place to keep you Covid safe.   

For the latest version of our Covid-19 Health & Safety Guidelines please visit here.  

We understand that all the changes in the current environment can be extremely overwhelming and may leave you with many questions as we all adapt to the new way of being. To hopefully ease some of your concerns we have pulled together some Covid-19 FAQ’s


Information below still applicable : 26th June 2020

Updated : 29th May 2020

The government’s recent announcement means that we are cautiously optimistic that we are beginning to move towards a date when we can resume operating our challenges again.

UK Challenges

  • We have postponed all of our challenges up until the end of July, and we are looking carefully at our challenges due to take place in Aug.
  • Please note: If for any reason we don’t feel your challenge can proceed we will make a decision 8 weeks prior to your challenge date (the only exception to this would be if the Government advice suddenly changed – between 8 weeks and your challenge date – and then we would be in touch at the earliest convenience). We’ll be in touch with final details and joining instructions for your challenge closer to the event.

Overseas Challenges

  • All of our overseas challenges from October onwards are set to take place as planned. We have cancelled, or postponed, all overseas challenges from March-August to later in the year, or to early next year. Passengers travelling in September have been offered the opportunity to postpone their challenge to a later date and we are currently working through options with individuals and charities.
  • Please note: If for any reason we don’t feel your challenge can proceed we will give you as much notice as possible. We can’t give an exact number of weeks prior to departure date, as it will vary depending on the destination and flexibility of the airline, but we will be in touch at least 12 weeks before departure to give you an update on your individual trips status.

We understand that there may be a little uncertainty around booking in the current climate so we have created a Booking with Confidence policy to help you book your next overseas Charity Challenge with absolute confidence.


Updated : 13th May 2020

What does the updated (10th May) Covid-19 lockdown guidelines mean for getting back in the outdoors?

Charity Challenge welcome the government’s inclusion of amended guidelines regarding outdoor activities and exercise earlier this week. However, we fully recognise that there is variation with regards to the guidelines from the different nations of the UK, and that there is a need for local communities to be given time to plan and adjust for these changes.

The overarching trajectory towards easing restrictions and opening up our ability to travel to places in the great outdoors and exercise is a positive sign for our UK challenge’s that are due to take place later this summer.

We would like to take this opportunity to encourage anyone booked on a Charity Challenge trip to read the government’s updated guidelines carefully before undertaking any travel to begin walking or cycling in the outdoors in the coming days and weeks.

In particular we would encourage everyone to read local authorities advice and requests before choosing to travel. Whilst an easing of lockdown guidelines is very welcome, everyone should consider how their actions may impact on the communities and the areas that they are planning to visit.

There is a lot of excellent sources of information available out there. Amongst them we would encourage people to look carefully at some of the following:

What does this mean for Charity Challenge’s UK challenge events?

The government’s recent announcement means that we are cautiously optimistic that we are beginning to move towards a date when we can resume operating our UK challenges again. Currently (as of 11th May) we have postponed all of our challenges up until the end of June, and we are looking carefully at our challenges due to take place in July.

Many of our challenges are reliant on facilities such as accommodation and catering suppliers in order for them to go ahead. The government has indicated that certain hospitality businesses may be able to open in July and we will be closely looking at the advice given and the likely impact on our challenges.

However, our advice remains the same to everyone booked on a UK challenge. Your challenge is scheduled to continue as planned, and we will contact you at 8 weeks prior to your challenge should your challenge be unable to go ahead, or if we need to make any changes to fully reflect the impact of social distancing.

We will be carefully monitoring the government’s updated advice regarding travel to the outdoors, social-distancing, group sizes, use of accommodation and transport. We are hopeful that this will mean that we will be able to begin operating our UK challenges again, but with certain measures in place to make sure that they are done safely.

What does this mean for Charity Challenge’s Overseas challenge events?

The government’s recent announcements don’t give much reassurance, or certainty, around when we will be able to travel overseas again. For the time being our advice therefore remains the same to everyone booked on an overseas challenge:

All of our overseas challenges from September onwards are set to take place as planned. We have cancelled, or postponed, all overseas challenges from March-August to later in the year, or to early next year.

If for any reason we don’t feel your challenge can proceed we will give you as much notice as possible. We can’t give an exact number of weeks prior to departure date, as it will vary depending on the destination and flexibility of the airline, but we will be in touch at least 12 weeks before departure to give you an update on your individual trips status.

We understand that some of you are concerned about travelling overseas this year, and worried about raising your sponsorship money, so in many cases we are also offering people the opportunity to postpone their challenge to a later date. If you would like to know what options we can give you please feel free to drop us an email at challenges@charitychallenge.com, we are here to help and support you.

At the point that we are able to operate our challenges, we will ensure that we take all professional guidance and adopt relevant measures to support you and the local communities during the challenge. We will also confirm any such measures that are put in place.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our participants, suppliers and leaders who have been incredibly supportive and patient through what has been a very difficult time.

We can’t wait to be able to get back to what we do best, running incredible challenges for fantastic people raising money for very worthy causes.


Information below still applicable : 24th April 2020

Updated : 17th April 2020

At Charity Challenge, we 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. The latest update from the UK Government is that the current restrictions must remain in place for at least the next 3 weeks.

What does this mean for your upcoming challenges? This does not change the current actions Charity Challenge have already taken regarding your UK and Overseas challenges.

UK Challenges

  • All of our UK challenges from July onwards are set to take place as planned. All April, May and June challenges have been rescheduled to later in the year.
  • Please note: If for any reason we don’t feel your challenge can proceed we will make a decision 8 weeks prior to your challenge date (the only exception to this would be if the Government advice suddenly changed – between 8 weeks and your challenge date – and then we would be in touch at the earliest convenience). We’ll be in touch with final details and joining instructions for your challenge closer to the event.

Overseas Challenges

  • All of our overseas challenges from August onwards are set to take place as planned. We have cancelled, or postponed, all overseas challenges from March-July to later in the year, or to early next year.
  • Please note: If for any reason we don’t feel your challenge can proceed we will give you as much notice as possible. We can’t give an exact number of weeks prior to departure date, as it will vary depending on the destination and flexibility of the airline, but we will be in touch at least 12 weeks before departure to give you an update on your individual trips status.

As we adapt to the new way of being, the team at Charity Challenge have come up with numerous tips and advice to support our colleagues, challengers, leaders and partners through this unsettling time.

We also hope the following FAQ’S will help answer some of your queries in the interim but if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Stay safe, stay home, stay healthy


Updated : 30th March 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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.

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MEET THE TEAM – Tom Armes

January 10, 2023

At Charity Challenge we are extremely proud of the amazing crew we have. We know it can be a little daunting joining a challenge for the first time so we thought you might like to meet the team in advance of your Charity Challenge. Today we introduce you to Challenge Leader – Tom Armes

Name

Tom Armes

How long have you been a Challenge Leader?

Six years for Charity Challenge

What’s been your favourite challenge (so far)?

Every event has been special actually, difficult to point out one in particular but maybe the 24 Peaks Challenge with Olly Murs in memory of Caroline Flack – that was very special. Also the amazing Icelandic Lava Trek with the Cystic Fibrious team from Canada, lovely people to be with for the week 😊

Do you have any challenges left on your bucket list?

International Challenges (Off to Everest Base Camp in March with my son and daughter – that will be a special experience for me as a Dad ! Also an exciting trip to Borneo later in the summer will be exciting.

How do you keep your body in tip top shape for the challenge season?

I use the cross trainer at my gym for 60-90 minutes each session usually 4 or 5 times per week. I just watch some trash (or a Manchester United game 😊) on my phone and the time flies while getting fit at the same time !

What are your go to snacks to keep you fuelled and hydrated on a challenge?

Anything with chocolate on lol ….and Haribo’s plus I do like orange squash in my water rather than just plain water !

Any top tips to share with participants signed up to a challenge?

‘The five P’s’ Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance……also ensure you have really broken in those walking boots and cut your toe nails !!!!

What 5 items do you always pack in your day rucksack?

boring stuff really, usual Mountain Leader kit, battery pack, loads of sweets, walking poles, spare insulin as type 1 Diabetic for 40+ years, always a spare T-Shirt to change into and usually some nice deodorant to not put the clients off !!

What is the best thing about being a leader?

The variation of visiting so many beautiful UK locations, great team members who the core team have known each other for 6+ years (including working for Andy Baker 😉) and the opportunity to lead new clients and enjoy the success’s they achieve on a personal level.

What is your proudest achievement to date?

Being a proud Dad 😉 (followed by climbing Mont Blanc solo maybe …)

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS – What will you achieve in 2023?

January 3, 2023

It’s that time again – new year, new you. But this January, instead of just pledging to give up chocolate or spend more time at the gym, why not go one big step beyond and sign up for a Charity Challenge? 

Booking a date for one of our many itineraries will help you rise to the challenge of committing to a whole host of resolutions rolled into one.

New Year’s resolutions

  • Having a date firmly etched into your diary will give you numerous goals to aim for, with a specific timeframe in mind. Committing to a date will inspire you to work out an action plan to get fit for your challenge, while also laying down fundraising goals in the process. 
  • Shaping up might involve a range of things  – an exercise plan, changes to your diet, cutting down on alcohol or giving up smoking. 
  • One way to achieve some of these goals is by signing up with a friend or family member, as research shows training with someone else can help you achieve your goals as it’s often easier to feel motivated with someone else holding you to account. 
  • Much research has also been done into the impact of nature on mental health. Time spent outdoors – both on your challenge and training beforehand – can alleviate stress by reducing levels of cortisol and boosting endorphin and dopamine levels. It has also been shown to boost creativity and energy levels, while also improving sleep quality. 
  • You might also resolve this year to support good causes and meet new people – both of which you are certain to do on one of our trips. For 20 years we have created and managed expeditions which have enabled people to raise in excess of £60 million for over 2000+ charities.
  • Your efforts can make a real difference to the charity you choose to support, whether large or small, and doing so will leave you with a strong sense of achievement and fulfilment. 
  • And wherever you decide to head for your expedition, know that your challenge will unquestionably broaden your horizons by teaching you new things, introducing you to new people and pushing you further outside of your comfort zone than you ever thought possible. 

Sign up to a Charity Challenge in January and you can receive up to 50% off the registration fee on selected 2023 & 2024 challenges. Offer available from 9am Tuesday 3rd until midnight Tuesday 31st January 2023

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2022 HIGHLIGHTS FROM TEAM CHARITY CHALLENGE

December 20, 2022
Trek to Petra

After two years of being grounded due to Covid, it was great to finally travel again.

My highlight (don’t tell my sons, who joined me on challenges to Nepal and Iceland) was a trek just a few weeks ago that I did to Petra in Jordan with my wife. We haven’t taken on a Charity Challenge together since we started a family 20 years ago, but it was special for so many different reasons.

Trekking to Petra back in 1995 as a young fundraiser was what inspired me to set up Charity Challenge, and this was my first trip back.

I had forgotten how incredibly spectacularly stunning the scenery is (you can’t have too many superlatives as it really is breath-takingly awe-inspiringly beautiful).

Wind and river has sculptured the rock formations and canyons over millions of years, and created the most awesome views.

Watching the sun set from our Bedouin camp each night, sat round a fire, eating tasty local cuisine cooked on the fire, and hearing stories about the Bedouin through the ages, we immersed ourselves in desert life.

But what really made this a magical experience for me, was that on top of witnessing the 2000 year old city of Petra carved into the rocks, and the incredible scenery and Bedouin hosts, I was able to walk and talk with 30 amazing participants many of whom had booked years ago and postponed their challenge over and over again as the impact of Covid lingered. They were all fantastic company, with some amazing and inspiring stories, but what touched me most, was the number of people that had done 4, 5, 6 or even 7 previous challenges with us and hearing their stories and experiences.

I spend much of my working life sat at a computer and so being back out on the challenge, with the people that helped us stay in business during the very difficult last two years of covid was humbling and I am grateful for the experience. Shukran lakum ‘asdiqayiy

Simon Albert, Co Founder and Director


Trek to Patagonia

I count myself as very fortunate because I do a job that until 10 years ago, I didn’t realise existed and I find it challenging to pick out a single highlight so I’m not going to, I am going to highlight several.

Well, another year over already and WOW what a year with lots of interesting new challenges as well as the old favourites, I don’t think that I have been on Snowdon (Y Wyddfa) summit in daylight this year and there was more good news in March when the overseas challenges kicked off again.

To start with, in the UK I am going to go for two events.  

The Coppafeel Pembrokeshire Coastal Challenge, here we spent 5 days trekking along some of the UK’s most beautiful coastline and because this is a week’s itinerary, we really get to know the participants and why they are challenging themselves. As leaders we tend not to work together very often so it’s great to be part of a team, whether you’re walking on the trek, driving the support vehicle, or buying extra toilet rolls from a surprised local convenience store.

I have completed quite a few Snowdon (Y Wyddfa) at night or sunrise events this year but the most poignant one was for Sands Charity.  After speaking to many of the participants you realise how lucky you are, it gives you a much clearer perspective on life, as lot of the things that we worry about, aren’t really that important.

On the overseas front the Hope for Justice Trek Patagonia Challenge was a fantastic experience. A great team with participants from many different countries raising funds and awareness for a truly life changing charity. Not only that but we were in a stunningly beautiful part of the world with some interesting weather (yes there was snow) making the challenge even tougher, who could ask for more?

Richard Simpkin, Challenge Leader


National Three Peaks Challenge

What a year that was! It was great to be back up to full speed with events from March all the way through to November.

Looking back it’s fair to say that every event had it’s fair share of highlights but perhaps the one that stands out the most, certainly as my most repeated event this year, is the National Three Peaks Challenge.

I have to say it’s also the one event where I am the most physically challenged, at least at the beginning of the season before I’m fully ‘N3P-fit’.

I look forward to meeting each new group of N3P-challangers on the Friday evening and am always blown away by their enthusiasm and determination to take on one of the harder challenges out there for people who aren’t regular hill walkers in order to raise money for their chosen charities.

The pre-event briefing is designed to lay out the bare bones of the challenge but no one has ever decided to withdraw from the event at that stage even if they know that their training and preparation for the weekend could have been better. After all, the challenge is not against the three peaks, nor their team members. Rather it is an opportunity for each of them to test themselves under the watchful summits of each of the National Three Peaks.

On it’s own Ben Nevis can be considered to be the toughest of the three, having the longest distance and highest ascent. Scafell Pike probably has the lowest percentage of successful summits and whilst Snowdon (Y Wyddfa) is usually considered the easiest of the three, individually, it’s the one where most people can be seen heading down from the summit ‘broken’ by the relentless demands of the challenge.

I’m not writing this to put people off signing up for a Charity Challenge National Three Peaks event next year, rather it’s to highlight the spirit, determination and mental fortitude which every participant I’ve ever had the pleasure to lead on an N3P Challenge shows, no matter whether they have managed to summit all three peaks or not.

Danny Barden, Challenge Leader


Sahara Desert Trek

For me 2022 stands out for two things – Coppafeel Pembrokeshire Coast Challenge in June and Coppafeel Sahara Desert Trek in November.  I love these treks, but most of all, I love the participants and having a whole week to get to know them.  I always describe the hardships they go through as three-fold.  Firstly they have to trek around 20-25km per day on consecutive days, secondly they are camping, often for the first time (and using “luxurious” wash room facilities into the bargain) and thirdly, many are leaving their families and loved ones for the first time to travel way out of their comfort zone.  Oh and this is on top of many of them trekking whilst recovering from chemo or just trying to live the fullest life they can whilst battling breast cancer.  One essential item I carry on these treks is an industrial quantity of tissues, and not just to mop up Mr Morton’s tears, I do sometimes get something in my eye too!  The trek bonds friends for life, however long or short that is.

Pembrokeshire delivered as Britain’s coastal paths so often do, tough climbs, precipitous drops, crystal clear waters and wall to wall sunshine, oh and the odd pub or ice cream van to invigorate us at the end of the day.  Challenges included crossing fields with cows with several members of our team terrified of them, as usual the team naturally worked together with those that were OK in the situation forming a barrier to get their team members across the field.  Paddling at the end of a long day, only to see loads of jelly fish homing in on us caused us all to move faster than we’d done all day!  Struggling to get a mobile signal in a car park to call back to camp, one leader heading up the hill to get a signal and another trying wifi in the shop, only to find one of the participants was carrying a Sat phone to the surprise of all us leaders.  The words “you’ve got a Sat phone” coming from each leaders lips in turn!

The Sahara was a whole different bag, sometimes trekking over 15km across an endlessly flat landscape, our camp seemingly constantly moving further away with each step.  However our days were interspersed with sand dunes, rocky outcrops and canyons – my favourite terrain.   Running down sand dunes is just the best feeling, even better than the hilarity of climbing up them!  And being supported by a local team of over 60 staff wasn’t half bad either, as we filled another cup with local tea from the seemingly never-ending urn!

Roll on 2023!

Lizzy Codd, Challenge Leader


Trek to Petra

2022 has been another incredible year – reminding me how lucky I am to do the best job in the world.

I led the inaugural Trek Angkor Wat Challenge in Cambodia in October, plus, closer to home, the first West Highland Way Challenge in Scotland in September – one of the best long distance trails in the world. There have been numerous other memorable trips in both the UK and overseas during the season too.

If I had to choose one single highlight from this year though it would have to be the inaugural Trek to Petra challenges which I was lucky enough to lead back in May. This spectacular challenge consists of 5 days of trekking in the heat of the Jordan desert (living Bedouin-style throughout), and includes two big mountain days, plus the chance to float in the Dead Sea – and of course culminates in the team’s arrival at the “Rose City” of Petra. I led the first two trips “back to back” and was quite simply blown away by the whole experience! I can’t wait to go back in 2023!

Ian Morton, Challenge Leader


Cycle Sri Lanka

Many wonderful overseas expeditions during 2022 including Saigon to Angkor Wat Bike Ride, Cycle Albania and Cycle India and The Taj Mahal. However my favourite this year was Cycle Sri Lanka as it was just lovely to be travelling again. Tea plantations, elephants, mountain passes, waterfalls and beautiful beaches made it such an amazing experience. A professional, well liked guiding team combined with a fun group keen to push themselves helped make it a memorable experience.

Colin Lovell, Challenge Leader


Trek the Accursed Albanian Alps

On 4 June 2023, I flew to Tirana, the capital of little visited Albania. I was met by a feisty little powerhouse called Antonela who was soon to become my guide, room mate, companion and friend. She and I were to take on the reconnaissance for the new Trek the Accursed Albanian Alps Challenge which runs along the border between Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo. Far from being accursed, they were truly breathtaking. The rock is similar to the Dolomiti stone and rises dramatically in pinnacles to create some of the most stunning mountains I had ever seen.

I was besotted and vowed instantly to explore these mountains further. Since those first days in these mountains and the Charity Challenge trek itself, I have returned already and completed the Peaks of the Balkans 10 day trail and already plan to revisit again next Summer.

So when this small group of 12 Charity Challenge participants arrived at the airport, I was brimming with enthusiasm and excitement to share with them this beautiful country, it’s turbulent history and fascinating culture. I think it’s fair to say that the week just got better and better. Initially stalled by transport problems and challenged with dreary weather, by day 3, the mountains showed us their true potential. The sun came out, the longest trek day stretched ahead of us but spirits were high as we left Vuthaj to walk over the Peja Pass to the ancient town of Theth.

There was still a little snow lying on the highest shaded areas but the meadows were covered in alpine flowers and bird song could be heard as we walked. Much of the first days trek led us through dense beech forests before climbing more steeply through rocky passes as the week continued.

The highlight of the week for me was standing at the top of the Valbona Pass after a picturesque but relentless mountain climb which every member of the group achieved with support and motivation from each other. We were then able to look down into the deep valley below us and wonder at the expansive beauty of this place which feels yet to be fully discovered.

This was an inspirational group of people, very diverse but who worked as a team to get everyone through this challenge with laughter and tears. We were privileged to trek with two of the most experienced Charity Challenges participants who I believe have undertaken more challenges with the company than any other, namely Roger Deeley and Elaine Davey, who provided a wealth of stories to keep us amused, inspired and entertained. I will see you and hopefully the rest of the team on the next new adventure.

Penny Knight, Challenge Leader


National Three Peaks Challenge

2022 has been a busy season of UK challenges for me!

I did 7 x National Three Peaks Challenges, 1 x Scafell Pike at Night, 1 x Lake District 5 Peaks Challenge, 1 x Hadrians Wall Trail Challenge, 1 x Yorkshire 3 Peaks at Night, and of course the Coppafeel Pembrokeshire Coastal Challenge ( 3 forfeits ending with pump it up on the table just for one slight detour!😆)

12th of August National Three Peaks Challenge was definitely a highlight because of the weather and incredible cloud inversions on a clear Ben Nevis. We had 30 degrees on Ben Nevis, 22 degrees at night on Scafell and another 30+ degrees on Snowdon phew!!!

Scafell at night was particularly challenging as visibility was down to less than 3m which tested our skills to the utmost but made easier by having the A team of leaders on the hill, all three challenges were taken by truly exceptional and inspirational clients, busy but satisfying year.

Looking forward to next year and just maybe an international taster!🤞

Duncan Turnbull, Challenge Leader


Trek to Petra

Though there have been many great opportunities for me to lead all kinds of challenges for Charity Challenge this year, the highlight is an easy choice; Trek to Petra, Jordan!!

It was my first time leading an overseas trip for Charity Challenge and I was lucky that it was in a country with such spectacular scenery, wonderful Jordanian people and a very rewarding if demanding 85 km trek through the mountainous desert, finishing in Petra, “The Rose Red city, half as old as time” and one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World.

I was also fortunate to be leading a tremendous group of 32 challengers, who’s positive attitude to any situation and sense of fun and adventure made it feel like I hardly had to work at all.

Some intrepid participants already had several Charity Challenge adventures under their belt. There were also some slightly more ‘trepid’ first timers. The experienced travellers understood how the newbies were feeling and gave them all the support they needed, but the challenge and the epic mountain scenery were enough to impress even the most seasoned of explorers… and that’s before you get to Petra!

The trek was a special birthday present for one of the participants, and she said it was the best thing she had ever done.

As well as the challenging trek, there is an opportunity to experience Bedouin culture, taste the delicious cuisine and learn about the complex etiquette surrounding it and to enjoy our hosts traditional dance by the evening fire … and even get involved!

The climax was entering the ancient city of Petra via the north entrance, away from the tourist crowds. After 5 days hiking through the wilderness and having been separated from ‘normal western life’ for this time you can really begin to fully appreciate the ingenuity, complexity and sophistication of the 2000-year-old Nabatean civilisation that created it far better than anyone who arrives by air-conditioned coach from some swanky hotel.

It had been 18 years since I last visited Jordan and I hope it is a far shorter time before I visit again.

Paul Cannon, Challenge Leader


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MEET THE TEAM – Colin Lovell

December 19, 2022

At Charity Challenge we are extremely proud of the amazing crew we have. We know it can be a little daunting joining a challenge for the first time so we thought you might like to meet the team in advance of your Charity Challenge. Today we introduce you to Challenge Leader – Colin Lovell

Name

Colin Lovell

How long have you been a Challenge Leader?

Apparently my first Charity Challenge trip was Cycle Burma (Myanmar) back in 2014

What’s been your favourite challenge (so far)?

Saigon to Angkor Wat Bike Ride will always be one of my favourites. So much to see along the way and finishing at Angkor Wat is a little special. Also the South Africa Wild Coast Cycle. It certainly lived up to its name.

Do you have any challenges left on your bucket list?

Lots. I just want to ride my bike in cool destinations. Cycle Albania will be a new one for me this year – can’t wait.

How do you keep your body in tip top shape for the challenge season?

I don’t think I ever really stop. On average throughout the year 2-3 hours cardio exercise per day. Bike, climb, kayak, swim, walk – don’t really mind 

What are your go to snacks to keep you fuelled and hydrated on a challenge?

Surprisingly on overseas trips I don’t usually worry about snacks. Food is always good enough. For hydration lots of electrolyte tablets and isotonic powders added to water and recovery drinks with milk afterwards.

Any top tips to share with participants signed up to a challenge?

Train well before the event and be fit enough to enjoy every moment. Talk, look around, get out of bed early to see the sunrise, enjoy the experience to its fullest. Plenty of time for rest on the flight home.

What 5 items do you always pack in your day rucksack?

If I’m riding my bike it’s phone, small first aid kit and tool set/ inner tubes etc and I’m off.

What is the best thing about being a leader?

I meet lovely people, go to amazing destinations and I don’t pay for the privilege 

What is your proudest achievement to date?

Hate these questions. Can’t I go for most embarrassing moment instead? 🙂

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MEET THE TEAM – Richard Simpkin

November 29, 2022

At Charity Challenge we are extremely proud of the amazing crew we have. We know it can be a little daunting joining a challenge for the first time so we thought you might like to meet the team in advance of your Charity Challenge. Today we introduce you to Challenge Leader – Richard Simpkin

Richard Simpkin

Name

Richard Simpkin

How long have you been a Challenge Leader?

I started as a Leader running some of Charity Challenge’s first UK events way back in 2014 and I have had the good fortune since then to have been involved in many Challenge events both in the UK and overseas. 

What’s been your favourite challenge (so far)?

I am going to pick two in answer to this question because I can.

1 – The Greenland Arctic Circle Trek because we need to be self supporting (carry all of our kit) and it was such a privilege to be trekking through such a remote wilderness. 

2 –Trek Patagonia because the scenery is absolutely stunning and the weather conditions make for an interesting challenge.

Ophs I’ve slipped a third one in

3 – The Amazon Survivor Challenge because it is absolutely bonkers!

Do you have any challenges left on your bucket list?

I don’t really have a list. I consider it a privilege to be asked to be a Challenge Leader on any of the events but I do have a sneaky desire to be involved in the Kyrgyzstan Trek.

Richard Simpkin

How do you keep your body in tip top shape for the challenge season?

Ha ha ha ha ha 

But seriously folks, the best way to keep fit for trekking is to go out on the hill, we have some stunning mountains and walks in the UK. Go visit them.

What are your go to snacks to keep you fuelled and hydrated on a challenge?

Obviously I should have some really sensible and practical answers but I reckon that snacks should be something you enjoy, so Tunnocks bars (I believe that you have to carry them by law in some destinations) and Sports Mixtures…….

Any top tips to share with participants signed up to a challenge?

Prepare yourself by doing the training, walking for consecutive days. This will make the experience more enjoyable. Invest in a pair of walking boots that fit correctly and walk them in, blisters are a sure way of making your life miserable.

Come with a positive attitude, sometimes things don’t go as planned, be prepared to roll with it and embrace the situation after all it is a challenge. 

What 5 items do you always pack in your day rucksack?

Half a roll mat for sitting on or for a casualty, a head torch with spare batteries because you never know how long your going to be out on the hill, gaffer tape (wrapped around water bottles/walking poles) as it can be used to fix most problems, reusable cable ties for those problems that gaffer tape can’t fix. 16ft sling for confidence roping, I’ve only ever used it once.

What is your proudest achievement to date?

From the Challenge Leaders perspective then the answer is easy any assistance that I can give or as a team we can give to help a participant achieve their goal is an incredibly rewarding moment.

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THE BLACK FRIDAY SALE HAS OFFICALLY STARTED! – save up to £200*

November 25, 2022

Our Black Friday Sale is now Live!

Get up to £200 off the reg fees on selected overseas challenges. Or if you want to stay closer to home, you can get up to 50% off the reg fees on selected UK challenges. *Terms & Conditions apply

To take advantage of these great savings use the promo code BF2022 when booking. 

Valid until midnight Mon 28 Nov 2022. 

Need some inspiration for your next overseas adventure?

Everest Base Camp
Stand in the shadows of the world’s highest mountain (8,848m) and explore Nepal’s mystical capital, Kathmandu. Save up to £200 off your reg fee in our Black Friday Sale.

Zambezi River Challenge
Paddle over 100kms along the border with Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe as you make your way towards the mighty Victoria Falls. Save up to £200 off your reg fee in our Black Friday Sale.

Trek to Petra
Discover the ancient city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on this 5-day trek along a breath-taking section of the Jordan Trail. Save up to £100 off your reg fee in our Black Friday Sale.

Trek the Accursed Albanian Alps
Traverse lush green valleys, wildflower meadows and craggy passes in Albania, and conquer Zla Kolata, Montenegro’s highest mountain (2,534m). Save up to £100 off your reg fee in our Black Friday Sale.

Or maybe you want to stay closer to home

Snowdon At Night
Trek under the starry skies of Snowdonia in order to reach the summit of the highest mountain in Wales, at 1085m. Save up to 50% off your reg fee on in our Black Friday Sale.

Lake District Triple Challenge
One incredible day of trekking, biking and kayaking in the stunning Lake District National Park. Save up to 50% off your reg fee on in our Black Friday Sale.

London Royal Parks Challenge
Trek 45km across historic parkland, beautiful green spaces, while passing some of the finest architecture in London. Save up to 50% off your reg fee on in our Black Friday Sale.

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MEET THE TEAM – Lizzy Codd

October 21, 2022

At Charity Challenge we are extremely proud of the amazing crew we have. We know it can be a little daunting joining a challenge for the first time so we thought you might like to meet the team in advance of your Charity Challenge. Today we introduce you to Challenge Leader – Lizzy Codd

Name

Lizzy Codd

How long have you been a Challenge Leader?

Since 2017, I started with Jeff’s Stelling’s March for Men for Prostate Cancer UK, walking 15 marathons in 15 days from Exeter to Newcastle upon Tyne

What’s been your favourite challenge (so far)?

Oman Mountain Trek in 2019, I loved the landscape and views of the coast.  I’ll never forget camping on the beach and watching the fish jump through the bioluminescent plankton at night and us making glowing footprints as we ran along the sand.  The scorpions in camp were pretty legendary too, as was the bucket of ice cream I shared with Ian Morton!

Do you have any challenges left on your bucket list?

Loads, I want to spend some time exploring Patagonia, I can’t wait to get back to New Zealand to continue my adventures down there and in the last couple of years I’ve got into walking long distance trails so I’ve got plenty of those to do when time allows!

How do you keep your body in tip top shape for the challenge season?

I try to get away each winter on some kind of adventure, whether it’s a ski season in the Alps or a long distance trail like the Camino de Santiago.  I also run a little and love to get out on my bike in the hills or on gravel trails.

What are your go to snacks to keep you fuelled and hydrated on a challenge?

Something salty such as cashew nuts and something sweet such as jelly babies.  Water + salt + sugar = no need for horrid rehydration tabs! 

Any top tips to share with participants signed up to a challenge?

Get used to walking on consecutive days, and put the training in to increase your stamina, it doesn’t take long to make a massive difference.  Don’t wait to try out new equipment on trek, walking poles and hydration systems need getting used to.

What 5 items do you always pack in your day rucksack?

Half a roll mat (to sit on for lunch and in case of first aid incidents), rock tape for blisters, one of those tiny bottles of concentrated squash to make the water taste better, lots of pairs of gloves as there’s no such thing as a waterproof pair and of course waterproofs and a spare layer!

What is the best thing about being a leader?

Getting to trek with awesome participants and hearing their stories whilst walking in the most beautiful landscapes.

What is your proudest achievement to date?

It was either completing a solo 7 day unsupported hike in the Nelson Lakes area of New Zealand, carrying all my food and gear for the week or helping CoppaFeel! trekkers cope with their fear of heights on the Dalai Lama Himayalan Trek and on the South West Coast Path Challenge of Cornwall.

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“At Night” Challenge Series

October 10, 2022

Our “At Night” challenges are fast becoming our most popular challenges in the UK. They avoid the need for accommodation or vehicle transfers, operate when the mountains are least busy, and take place entirely in the outdoors from start to finish. The series includes:

  • Snowdon at Night, Snowdonia, Wales
  • Scafell Pike at Night, Lake District, England
  • Ben Nevis at Night, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
  • South Downs at Night, England
  • Yorkshire 3 Peaks at Night, Yorkshire Dales, England

Snowdon at Night, Wales

Beginning in the town of Llanberis, in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, this spectacular challenge will see you and fellow fundraisers trekking to the top of Snowdon (1085m) … at night! Trek under the starry skies of Snowdonia in order to reach the summit of the highest mountain in Wales.

Scafell Pike at Night, England

Trek under a blanket of stars along this magnificent route to the highest mountain in England – Scafell Pike (978m). A unique way to challenge yourself and your senses, whilst racing the sun through the night in the Lake District National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ben Nevis at Night, Scotland

Beginning in Glen Nevis, in the heart of the Scottish highlands, this spectacular challenge will take you to the top of Ben Nevis (1345m)….at night! Reach the summit as the sun starts to rise and you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Scottish Highlands.

South Downs at Night, England

Push yourself to the limit on this unique night time trek through the South Downs National Park. 42km along the South Downs Way battling fatigue and the demanding terrain of one of southern England’s newest national parks before reaching Beachy Head and Eastbourne as the sun begins to rise.

Yorkshire 3 Peaks at Night, England

Challenge yourself to complete this classic UK trekking challenge, but with a twist! It’s a 38km trek at night to summit the Yorkshire Three Peaks – Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen Y Ghent. Start as the sun sets and aim to reach the final peak as the sun begins to rise.

You will be fully supported all the way by our experienced Mountain Leaders and then celebrate at the finish line with a celebration breakfast.

Our night time challenge’s will test your physical and mental limits but your efforts will be rewarded by knowing that all your hard work is going towards raising money to help your chosen cause.

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SET YOUR SOUL ON FIRE ON OUR BRAND NEW ISLE OF SKYE CHALLENGE

August 24, 2022

New for 2023 Charity Challenge are excited to be launching our new Isle of Skye challenge. Challenge Leader (and challenge designer!) Laura Harris, shares why she’s so excited about the brand new Isle of Skye Challenge.

That first view of Skye as you drive across the Skye Bridge, with the Atlantic Ocean rolling beneath, always sends shivers of excitement down my spine. As you leave the Scottish mainland well behind, the aptly named Black Cuillin, the UK’s finest and most challenging mountain ridge, fills your view and holds court over this incredible island of coral beaches, high waterfalls plunging into the sea and remote glens haunted by the sounds of red deer.

Isle-of-Skye-Challenge

It’s something of a homecoming for me, a granddaughter of clan McLeod, whose ancestors have lived on Skye in Dunvegan – Scotland’s oldest continuously inhabited castle – for over 800 years.  Abandoned grass-roofed crofts stand strong on windswept clifftops and the walls of Skye’s seven castles echo with the island’s rich Gaelic history. In more modern times, Skye has become known for its famous whiskies and jaw-dropping scenery. It has also become a proving ground for mountaineers – notably Edmund Hillary who used the Black Cuillin mountains as training for his 1953 ascent of Everest.

But Skye isn’t just for heroes of mountaineering fame. Our new Isle of Skye Challenge combines some of the best parts of Skye in a bucket-list challenge accessible to all with a taste for adventure and a good pair of walking boots. It’s fully supported by our expert and qualified mountain leaders who will share some of the island’s most spectacular hidden corners. The days are long and filled with wonder, with comfortable beds and good food to recharge your batteries in the beautiful fishing village of Portree.

From low level walking through the remote and hauntingly beautiful Glen Sligachan, fording rivers and discovering remote lochs; to traversing the dramatic landslip of the Trotternish Ridge with the iconic rocky pinnacle of the Old Man of Storr; to finally summiting a Munro on the breath-taking Black Cuillin’s volcanic ridge, with golden eagles soaring beneath you. This challenge is what the phrase ‘set your soul on fire’ was made for and is sure to provide exceptional stories to tell round the fireplace with that wee dram of whisky.

Join Laura on this incredible new challenge in May 2023. Charity Challenge have everything covered for you. To making getting to Skye as easy as possible we have included a bus transfer to and from the Highland capital of Inverness which is well served by flights from around the UK or even the Caledonian Sleeper train! Everything on the challenge is included. There’s hostel accommodation on Skye with all meals included. We provide minibus transfers each day so that we can access Skye’s most spectacular walking routes. And then there’s are fantastic challenge leaders! So join us in 2023 for one of our most exciting new UK challenges!

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IS 2023 THE YEAR YOU SIGN UP TO A UK CHALLENGE?

May 9, 2022

Can you see yourself trekking under the starry skies of Snowdonia in order to reach the summit of Snowdon? 

Or taking on the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in just 24hrs?

Or maybe being one of the first challengers to sign up to our new 4-day trekking challenge on the spectacular Isle of Skye?

Charity Challenge are very pleased to announce the launch of our 2023 UK Challenges.

Discover some of the most spectacular National Parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and cities that the UK has to offer and make 2023 the year you raise money for a worthwhile cause, close to your heart. What challenge  will you choose?

NEW FOR 2023

Isle of Skye Challenge, Scotland

Four days of trekking on the Isle of Skye’s iconic ridges, glens and coast to discover the spectacular hidden corners of the captivating ‘Misty Isle’.


TREK CHALLENGES

National Three Peaks Challenge, UK

Take on the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales. Considered one of Britain’s toughest outdoor challenges, the National Three Peaks Challenge takes in the dizzy heights of Ben Nevis (1,344m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Snowdon (1,085m) over 42kms in just 24hrs.

Lake District 5 Peaks Challenge, UK

Prepare for an epic 22km trek through the rugged and dramatic landscape of the Lake District, as you tackle five of England’s most demanding peaks, including its highest – Scafell Pike (978m).


MULTI-ACTIVITY CHALLENGES

Lake District Triple Challenge, England

Trek to the summit of one of the Lake District’s most iconic peaks, the Old Man of Coniston (803m), before testing yourself on the off-road mountain bike trails of Grizedale Forest, then kayak across the iconic Coniston Water.

Snowdon Triple Challenge, Wales

Pit yourself against the spectacular landscape of Snowdonia National Park in this tough and exciting multi-activity challenge. You’ll summit the mighty Snowdon (1,085m) as well as tackling challenging biking and kayaking sections all the while surrounded by this stunning part of Wales.


URBAN CHALLENGES

London Royal Parks Challenge, England

Challenge yourself to this marathon distance trek between the ten London Royal Park’s. This epic 42km route will take you across historic parkland and beautiful green spaces, while passing some of the finest architecture in London.

Edinburgh 7 Summits Challenge, Scotland

Take part in this tough 35km urban challenge set in the heart of Edinburgh. Experience hidden routes through this beautiful Scottish city and experience it from seven incredible viewpoints! You’ll follow historic waterways, forgotten railways, stop off at castles and palaces and climb to the summit of Arthurs Seat – an extinct volcano!


AT NIGHT CHALLENGES

Snowdon at Night, Wales

Beginning in the town of Llanberis, in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, this spectacular challenge will see you and fellow fundraisers trekking to the top of Snowdon (1085m) … at night! Trek under the starry skies of Snowdonia in order to reach the summit of the highest mountain in Wales.

Yorkshire 3 Peaks at Night, England

Challenge yourself to complete this classic UK trekking challenge, but with a twist! It’s a 38km trek at night to summit the Yorkshire Three Peaks – Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen Y Ghent. Start as the sun sets and aim to reach the final peak as the sun begins to rise.


SNOW & ICE CHALLENGES

Winter Ben Nevis Weekend, Scotland

An incredible challenge to summit the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis (1344m), in winter! Learn key winter skills, including the use of crampons and ice axes, and then put them to good use to reach the summit where you can enjoy the spectacular views of the Scottish Highlands covered in snow.


Can’t wait until 2023 to start your Charity Challenge journey? Don’t worry, you still have time to sign up to a last minute 2022 Challenge!

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MEET THE TEAM – Ian Morton

April 19, 2022

At Charity Challenge we are extremely proud of the amazing crew we have. We know it can be a little daunting joining a challenge for the first time so we thought you might like to meet the team in advance of your Charity Challenge. Today we introduce you to Challenge Leader – Ian Morton

Name

Ian Morton

How long have you been a Challenge Leader?

2022 will be my ninth season as a Challenge Leader for Charity Challenge

What’s been your favourite challenge (so far)?

The Ancascocha Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru

Do you have any challenges left on your bucket list?

Everest Base Camp and Trek to Petra (In just over two weeks I shall finally be flying out to Amman to lead this amazing challenge for real – not once but twice! It’s been a long time coming and I can’t wait to get started!

Trek-Machu-Picchu

How do you keep your body in tip top shape for the challenge season?

You have seen me right? My body is a temple (ruined and rarely visited!). But in Winter I do occasionally hit the treadmill – otherwise, well, just hill walking whenever I can really.

What are your go to snacks to keep you fuelled and hydrated on a challenge?

Lots of water, Babybels and Tunnocks Bars…

Any top tips to share with participants signed up to a challenge?

  • Remember these are team events – and the more you put into the team, the more you get out of it
  • The better your preparation, the more you will enjoy your challenge – keep that training going!
  • Bring a sense of humour, patience and a flexible attitude – enjoy and appreciate your challenge – even if things don’t go to plan!
  • If it’s one of my trips, bring Tunnocks bars… 🙂

What 5 items do you always pack in your day rucksack?

Map/Compass, spare warm layer, drinking water, waterproofs, Tunnocks bars…

What is the best thing about being a leader?

Getting to explore so many incredible places with great people and seeing them achieve things they often don’t realise they are capable of.

What is your proudest achievement to date?

Career-wise? I feel the same sense of pride whenever a team achieves success on a challenge.

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Tips & Advice

Spring Fundraising Ideas

March 22, 2022

With the start of Spring on Sunday the 20th of March the opportunities for new fundraising ideas begin to bloom. The sun is starting to shine and the days are becoming longer – the perfect time to kick start your fundraising! There are lots of amazing awareness days and holidays coming up over the next couple of months that you can piggy back your fundraising efforts on.

We have pulled together a few of our favourite fundraising ideas for this spring…

National Walking Month

May is National Walking Month and it’s the perfect opportunity to get outside, start moving and raise much needed funds for some worthwhile causes. Plus, it is also the best time of year to see bluebells so make sure you put on those walking boots and get outside!

Fundraising ideas :

  • WALKATHON – You, your friends, one day, 26 miles. Pick a route and get going! Ask your mates to sponsor you per mile.
  • TRY20 – Do the #try20 challenge and aim to walk 20 minutes every day for the whole month – ask your friends and colleagues to sponsor you.
  • 10,000 STEPS – Get active this spring and take 10,000 steps a day for 30 days. Use your smart phone or watch to keep an eye on your progress. Ask you mates to sponsor your efforts.
  • DOG WALKING – Offer to walk your neighbours and friends’ dogs in return for a donation.

Easter

Easter Sunday this year falls on the 17th of April and it is a cracking time to fundraise! Easter Egg Decorating. Easter bake-offs. Egg and spoon races. Easter flower arrangements. You can even fill a jar with mini eggs, get people to guess how many are in there and ask them to donate. The person with the closest guess wins the jar or a prize (ask local businesses to donate something).  

Easter Egg hunts are also a classic spring time fundraiser, ensure you follow the latest set of guidelines from the government. If your garden is big enough invite everyone round for the hunt in return for a donation. Alternatively, you could speak to local parks and gardens and see if they would support your event and allow it on their property – but do ask first!

Spring Fundraising Ideas

Earth Day

The theme for Earth day on the 22nd of April is “Invest in our Planet”. What a perfect opportunity to join the world’s largest environmental movement and run a fundraising event that can support our local communities and focus on areas that are affected by environmental issues.

Fundraising ideas:

  • TREE PLANTING – Plant new trees and plants in your local community. Get volunteers to join you as planters. Accept donations of seedlings and other plantable items, ideally native plants. If you plant on public property, such as in a park, be sure to get permission from local authorities.
  • PLOGGING / RUBBISH WALK – Set yourself a jogging or walking challenge combined with picking up litter. This will have a positive impact on our environment and our bodies – in other words, it’s an earth-friendly way to get fit. 
  • CLEANUP DAY – Each volunteer gets a roll of rubbish bags, a pair of gloves, and a shovel or rubbish pick, and performs a walking clean-up of a designated area. If you are going on public property, such as in a park, be sure to get permission from local authorities.
  • PLANT A COMMUNITY GARDEN – A community garden can bring a wide range of benefits – from connecting people with each other to growing fresh food to enjoy. Check out the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) website for tips on how to get this up and running.

Queen’s Platinum Jubliee Party

On 6th February this year Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, events and initiatives will take place throughout the year, culminating in a four day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June. On Sunday the 5th of June people are invited to share friendship, food and fun with neighbours as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. A Big Jubilee Lunch can be big or small – street party or picnic, tea and cake or a garden barbeque.

Provide food, drinks and entertainment in exchange for donations. The opportunities with this are event are endless! Ask a live band to provide music (lots of new musicians also emerging from lockdown!). Serve food and drinks donated by local restaurants and cafes. Ask local businesses to donate prizes for a raffle, auction or tombola on the big day. Set up a selfie station. Hold a cake sale. Set up a face painting stand. Play garden games…

Sell tickets prior to the event so you know how much stock is required and how many people will be attending your fundraising event.

Spring Fundraising Ideas

Spring Clean

It is officially the start of Spring so there is no better time to have a clear out! With spring cleaning comes an excellent opportunity for online and in-person car boot sales to raise money for your good cause. Create an event page on a neighborhood site, such as Nextdoor, and invite your community to donate and/or buy items.

If you wish to sell online there are a variety of platforms that you can use such as EbayAmazon MarketplaceGumtreeFacebook Marketplace, and Shopify. Please ensure that you clean and disinfect everything before passing them on. Don’t forget to share your listings on social media to help increase awareness of your fundraising events.

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MEET THE TEAM – PENNY KNIGHT

March 18, 2022

At Charity Challenge we are extremely proud of the amazing crew we have. We know it can be a little daunting joining a challenge for the first time so we thought you might like to meet the team in advance of your Charity Challenge. Today we introduce you to Challenge Leader – Penny Knight.

Name

Penny Knight

How long have you been a Challenge Leader?

I’ve been a leader with Charity Challenge for over 11 years now.  I started in 2011 when I volunteered to assist with a very large group from Barclays Bank raising money for Elise for Life on the Great Wall Discovery Challenge. Just before the trek, the Challenge Leader was injured and I then had to step up and take the lead. That was the start of what I consider to be the most rewarding dream job of my life!

What’s been your favourite challenge (so far)?

The Sumatra Jungle Challenge holds a special place for me. I love the humid climate, the fun-loving local guides, the wild green lush plants, the exciting array of wildlife, the spicy food and the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature. It’s raw and real, basic and brilliant. 

Do you have any challenges left on your bucket list?

There are so many challenges left on the bucket list and there’s nothing I enjoy more than looking through the Charity Challenge website and making a note of them. To mention but a few – the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia, Zambezi River Challenge, Trek Angkor Wat, Trek to Machu Picchu (still to be visited!) Costa Rica Coast to Coast Challenge, Kyrgyzstan Trek, and the Amazon Survivor Challenge . Writing this from Sri Lanka, I’ve just looked at the Sri Lanka Cycle Challenge – what a fantastic itinerary that is!!

How do you keep your body in tip top shape for the challenge season?

To keep fit and ready for the next challenge, I enjoy walking in the Yorkshire Dales, love fell running especially early in the morning and do regular weights, circuits and yoga. 

What are your go to snacks to keep you fuelled and hydrated on a challenge?

My go to snacks are flapjacks and salted peanuts – tasty, cheap and packed with calories!

Any top tips to share with participants signed up to a challenge?

My advice would be to embrace every opportunity that comes your way – on a challenge, talk to everyone, stop and hold every moment, smell, breathe deep, listen and see every detail – each child’s face, the fruits on the stalls, the shadows on the hills. It’ll definitely all go too fast. 

Trek Madagascar

What 5 items do you always pack in your day rucksack?

In my day sack, there’ll always be a Nivea lip balm, some tiger balm (it solves everything!) my water bladder, a whistle and my loo bag (which I can grab easily if on a bike, running or trekking – it’ll have biodegradable wet wipes, tissues and nappy sacks so no rubbish is left behind.)

What is the best thing about being a leader?

The best thing about being a leader is witnessing the success of the participants. The reward of being a part of their dreams, excitement, friendships and achievements cannot be surpassed. 

What is your proudest achievement to date?

My proudest achievement to date is so difficult to pinpoint. I think it would simply be that I’m proud of the fact that I might have helped to inspire some people to achieve more than they thought they could, either during a challenge or following it. 

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WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE?

March 2, 2022

It’s good to see how a lot of small gestures can add up and have a big impact.

Banning Russia from the Eurovision Song Contest will not on its own change the conflict, but when coupled with hundreds of other similar gestures and initiatives, it can and will make a huge difference.

Being embedded in the charity sector, we have come across a number of our charity partner’s campaigns that are helping to support the people of Ukraine.

For example, we know from other conflicts, that armed violence is the number one driver of hunger. With war comes displacement, disruptions to local supply chains, little to no income, and soaring fuel and food prices. Families are driven into poverty and struggle to access food and basic needs. It is estimated that at least 2.9 million people in Ukraine will need humanitarian assistance in 2022.

If you wish to support the people of Ukraine, here are some ways you can:

Action Against Hunger UK, have launched an emergency appeal to support the Ukrainian families affected by the conflict to make sure they have access to the help they need.

British Red Cross, has launched an appeal to help the Ukrainian Red Cross to provide food, medicine, clothing and shelter, as well as first aid training in bomb shelters and, in the last few days, 15,000 litres of drinking water to villages in eastern Ukraine. 

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is funding emergency shelters, repairs for homes damaged by shelling, emergency cash assistance, psychological support and warm clothing. 

UNICEF, the UN’s children’s charity, is helping to ensure families have clean water and food and that child health and protection services continue. 

Save the Children UK, is providing cash assistance, food and other support to refugees crossing into Romanian and Lithuania, as well as in Ukraine itself. 

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Challenges

CELEBRATE 2022 WITH THE RETURN OF OVERSEAS CHALLENGES!

February 25, 2022

We are delighted to have restarted our overseas challenges again for the first time in almost two years! We have had a number of successful challenges already return from Tanzania and Sweden and others about to depart to Nepal, Peru, Argentina and Morocco.

We are constantly reviewing relevant guidance, and advice from local and international government authorities, about necessary travel requirements. For the the latest travel advisory update please click here.

Now that we have been given the green light on overseas travel, our 2022 dates have started to book up fast!

How are you planning to spend your year?

MAY

Trek to Petra, 7 May 2022
Discover the ancient ‘rose city’ of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on this 5-day trek along a breath-taking section of the Jordan Trail. Sign up before midnight 13th Mar 2022 and get £100 off the registration fee! Use the code PETRA100 when booking.

JUNE

Mount Toubkal Trek, 7 June 2022
Summit Jebel Toubkal, Morocco’s highest mountain (4,167m) and get lost in the colourful souks of mystical Marrakech. 

Trek Albanian Alps, 10 June 2022
Traverse lush green valleys, wildflower meadows and craggy passes in Albania, and conquer Zla Kolata, Montenegro’s highest mountain (2,534m).

JULY

Giant’s Causeway Challenge, 15 July 2022
Take on a marathon distance trek along the dramatic coastline of the Giant’s Causeway, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kilimanjaro Summit Climb, 20 July 2022
Follow the uncrowded Lemosho route to conquer the famous ‘roof of Africa’ – Mt Kilimanjaro (5,895m)

AUGUST

Iceland Lava Trek, 3 Aug 2022
This 5-day Icelandic itinerary takes in thundering waterfalls, steaming lava fields, plunging fjords and spouting geysers. Rewarded with an indulgent visit to Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon.

SEPTEMBER

Trek Transylvania, 6 Sept 2022
Traverse the Transylvanian Alps on this 60km trek through Romania and explore Count Dracula’s eerie castle.

Everest Base Camp, 29 Sept 2022
Stand in the shadows of the world’s highest mountain (8,848m) and explore Nepal’s mystical capital, Kathmandu.

OCTOBER

Trek Angkor Wat, 8 Oct 2022
Trek into the heart of the stunning Phnom Kulen National Park, visiting sacred waterfalls, the Giant Sleeping Buddha and Angkor Wat.

Great Wall Discovery, 8 Oct 2022
Test yourself against thousands of steps along the Great Wall of China, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, with time to explore China’s historic capital – Beijing.

NOVEMBER

Saigon to Angkor Wat, 3 Nov 2022
Cycle 450kms from the waterways and rice paddies of the Mekong Delta, passing ancient temples, pagodas, and colourful villages before finishing at the Royal Temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Cuba Revolution Cycle, 4 Nov 2022
Welcome to the land of cigars, revolution, Che Guevara and vintage Chevrolets. Cycle 350km from one beautiful coastline to the other, passing remote villages, fruit orchards and sugar plantations.

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Tips & Advice

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TEAM BOOKINGS

January 17, 2022

How do I book a team onto a challenge?

Register yourself onto the challenge via the Charity Challenge website. On the booking form you will have the option to create a team (by adding additional team members to your booking and paying the registration fees for all challengers in your team).

Simply select the number of additional challengers (remember not to include yourself in this total), complete the booking form by completing your personal details, and process the payment for all challengers’ registration fees to reserve your team’s places on the challenge.

Do my team members also need to register?

Yes, all participants need to follow the registration process to be booked onto a challenge (i.e. completing their personal information).

When a team booking is made, the master booker will receive unique booking URL in an email from us. (look out in your junk folder if has landed in your inbox).

You can also find the unique booking link in your Charity Challenge Account Area under the Team Bookings tab.  

The person who makes the initial team booking needs to share this URL with their team members in order to link them to the team booking and for their registration fee to be allocated. 

Team members should be advised to complete their booking ASAP, especially if they are opting for minimum sponsorship or flexi payment, which requires authorisation from the charity – as we want to make sure they have plenty of time to meet their fundraising deadlines for the challenge! 

Any team spaces that have not been completed 15 weeks (for overseas challenges) or 10 weeks (for UK challenges) prior to the challenge departure date will be treated as cancelled under our standard terms and conditions, and the registration fee for that space will be non-refundable.  Please therefore ensure that all team members have completed their booking details as requested.

How many people can be in a team?

A team booking is based on two or more participants booking together. There is no limit to maximum team numbers. 

If you are looking to book a team of 15 or more, please call the Charity Challenge office on 0208 346 0500 to discuss your booking in more detail. 

​If you’d like to add additional team member(s) once you’ve made your initial booking, please contact Charity Challenge on info@charitychallenge.com, making sure to include the name of the additional members you’d like to join your team. 

Why book as a team?

  • Be motivated by the team spirit of tackling a challenge together
  • Simplify the process of booking onto a challenge by having all registration fees paid by the master booker
  • Guarantee your places on a challenge by booking together
  • Ensure you are with your team members in the same group

Are the challenge costs and fundraising targets per team or per individual participant?

On all three of our payment options (Self-Funding, Minimum Sponsorship or Flexi), the challenge costs and sponsorship targets are per participant. 

Do my team members have to select the same charity or payment option?

Your team members can choose their own charity and payment option when booking – it doesn’t have to be the same as you. However, if you have decided to choose only 1 charity and payment option as a group, please ensure your team members book with those options to avoid any changes which may result in an admin fee.

If you’re all fundraising for the same charity and would like to do this as a group, we advise checking with the nominated charity first – and remember that the sponsorship amounts are per person! 

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BOOKING WITH CONFIDENCE

January 15, 2022
Booking with confidence

During these unsettling times our charity partners need our support more than ever. The continued Covid-19 situation puts them in an extremely vulnerable position as a huge portion of their income has been lost from cancelled fundraising events in 2020 and 2021. Now is the time that we all need to come together to ensure we can continue to help those most in need.

Charity Challenge have operated close to 100 challenges throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales since the end of the first lock down in 2020. We are pleased to tell you that all of our UK and Irish challenges are now fully operational with Covid-Safe measures in place.

Our international challenges are due to start again from January 2022 and with thousands of trekkers and riders waiting to take part in their postponed challenges, we are getting ready operationally to put into practice all of the learning from operating our domestic challenges. We want anyone considering booking or travelling with Charity Challenge to have absolute confidence, so we have put together the following information to support your decision
making.

For downloadable pdfs of our Booking with Confidence details click on the relevant link below:

1. What happens if my challenge cannot 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 transfer your place to someone else  
  • to receive a refund of monies paid for the challenge (excluding admin fees)

2. When are Charity Challenge making a final decision regarding if a challenge can take place?

Overseas Challenges

If for any reason we don’t feel your challenge can proceed we will make a decision approximately 12 weeks prior to your challenge (the only exception to this would be if the government advice suddenly changed – between 12 weeks and your challenge date – and then we would be in touch at the earliest convenience).

UK Challenges

If for any reason we don’t feel that your challenge can proceed we will make a decision approximately 8 weeks prior to your challenge (the only exception to this would be if the Government advice suddenly changed – between 8 weeks and your challenge date – and then we would be in touch at the earliest convenience).

3. Spread the cost of booking a challenge over 2 months

For most international trips, you can book and pay your registration fee in two instalments. You pay the first instalment at the time of booking and we will automatically take the second instalment from the same credit or debit card 31 days later. When paying your registration fee in instalments, a £10 admin fee will be added to your first registration fee payment. Please note that your booking will not be processed (and we will not send an authorisation request to your charity) until we receive the payment for the second instalment. Your place on the challenge will only be held for 31 days from your initial booking. If we are unable to take your second instalment, your booking will be cancelled, and normal cancellation terms will apply. Please see our terms and conditions. (Please note that if you take part in one of our promotions, i.e Black Friday, or New Year Sale, you are unable to spread the cost of booking a challenge over 2 months)

4. What if I postpone the challenge and then the later postponed trip is also affected and cannot run due to Covid-19?

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 due to Covid-19, we will offer you the same options as above, to postpone, to change trips, to transfer your place to someone else or to receive a refund.

5. Can Charity Challenge help me with my fundraising deadline?

As standard, you should send 80% of your minimum sponsorship target to the charity 10 weeks before an international challenge, and 7 weeks before a UK challenge.

However, your chosen charity may be able offer you some flexibility over this either with the % due, or the number of weeks before departure. We therefore recommend that you speak directly to your specific charity. In most cases charities have been extremely understanding of the difficulties around fundraising during the pandemic and have therefore been willing to move their fundraising deadlines in order to support you to take part in the challenge.

6.  What safety measures will Charity Challenge have in place to enable overseas challenges to take place safely?

Since May this year, we have operated many of our UK challenges with a range of procedures in place to comply with regulations and guidance and provide a safe environment in which to complete challenges. We were able to do this by vigilantly following a variety of government, local authority and national governing bodies guidelines. We used these guidelines to produce our own ‘Covid Safe’ safety management that all of our events needed to adhere to.
All of our leaders and crew were given online training to understand and carry out these guidelines. We produced a ‘COVID 19 – Keeping you Safe ’ document that was sent to everyone participating on a challenge.

We are already working with our teams overseas to put in place a number of ‘Covid safe’ systems so that our international challenges can get up and running as soon as it is safe to do so. If it is necessary then this will include things like providing single rooms or tents to all participants, increasing space on vehicles used for transfers and providing facemasks and hand sanitiser at all stages of the challenge. Once we have a greater understanding of what will be required in each destination we will make sure that everyone booked onto an overseas challenge is informed of what measures are being put in place to keep you safe.

We have worked incredibly hard to keep everyone taking part on a UK challenge safe. We produced online safety briefing videos for participants to watch before arriving at the challenge, provided single rooms for everyone when accommodation was required, put on extra buses to enable social distancing to take place on all transfers, and provided bottles of hand sanitiser, facemasks and buffs for everyone taking part on a challenge. We will continue to
make sure that your safety is at the centre of every decision we make when it comes to operating our challenges.

7. Is there any travel insurance that provides any kind of cover for Covid-19?

Our travel insurance partners at Campbell Irvine have launched a policy which includes Medical Expenses and Cancellation cover for Covid-19. This is a vital piece of cover for any intended overseas trip, so please do read this information carefully.

Travel Insurance Cover

  • Medical emergency treatment overseas and medical repatriation if you are diagnosed with Covid-19.
  • Cancellation cover to reimburse you for any irrecoverable payments and charges made for travel and accommodation if you have to cancel your trip due to a doctor diagnosing either you, a close relative or your travelling companion with Covid-19 and as a result being advised not to travel. 
  • Cancellation due to either you or your travelling companion’s direct exposure to a close relative being diagnosed with Covid-19 resulting in an order via the NHS Test and Trace programme for you to be medically quarantined and not being able to travel.
  • Cancellation or Curtailment cover due to denied boarding of public transport if displaying symptoms of Covid-19.

Like all insurance policies, there are specific exclusions, so please read all of the detail before purchasing. For further information on the updated Campbell Irvine Direct travel insurance policy including Covid-19 cover, please see:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the team at Campbell Irvine. 020 7938 1734. info@campbellirvine.com. www.campbellirvinedirect.com

8. What financial security do Charity Challenge provide?

We provide financial security for flight-inclusive packages by way of our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (number 6546), issued by the Civil Aviation Authority. When you buy an ATOL protected flight-inclusive challenge from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate in your account area. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk.

Not all challenge or travel services offered and sold by us will be protected by the ATOL Scheme. ATOL protection extends primarily to customers who book flight inclusive packages originating in the United Kingdom. We also provide full financial protection for any challenges that are packages but DO NOT include flights (and where you are joining from a European country), by way of an insurance policy held with International Passenger Protection Limited and underwritten by Insurers who are members of the Association of British Insurers & Lloyds Syndicates. For further information please go to www.ipplondon.co.uk.


Covid -19 : Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that all the changes in the current environment can be extremely overwhelming and may leave you with many questions as we all adapt to the new way of being. To hopefully ease some of your concerns we have pulled together some FAQ’s around Covid-19.

UK Challenges Covid-19 FAQ’s

Oversea’s Challenges Covid-19 FAQ’s

We hope the above information provides some support, but if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. challenges@charitychallenge.com +44 (0)20 8346 0500

Tips & Advice

TRAINING FOR YOUR UPCOMING CHALLENGE

January 14, 2022

Do not underestimate the importance of training before your challenge. Even if you are active and exercise regularly, it’s good to adapt your training towards your chosen challenge activity. This is vital in building strength, cardiovascular stamina and muscle endurance for the challenge ahead.

We provide plenty of additional information and guidance in your personalised login area, including warm up, stretching, cardiovascular training, exercise intensity, cross training, resistance (weight) training, cool down and the hazards of over-training.

We recommend you seek advice from a fitness professional, so as to develop a programme tailored to your needs, lifestyle and fitness level. Besides specifying the types of exercise, duration and intensity you need, a good trainer can also advise you on nutrition and diet.

Challenge Training

If you would like to get a feel for our challenges ahead of your departure, why not consider booking on a 1 or 2 day UK Challenge?

We have a variety of challenges, covering all levels of difficulty, taking place in stunning National Parks across the UK that are led by highly qualified and experienced expedition and mountain leaders. These challenges will give you the perfect opportunity to monitor fitness levels, test out your kit, meet people in the great outdoors, share fundraising stories and gain valuable advice and support for the challenge ahead. We encourage participants to make use of our highly knowledgeable leaders and ask them any questions you may have about clothing and equipment, expedition health and wellbeing, trekking skills, walking techniques and teamwork!

We are offering all participants 50% off the registration fee when you book on one of the UK challenges listed below. Just use the code TRAINING when booking. T&C’s – you must have an active booking on a challenge to avail of this offer. Discount can not be used in conjunction with any other offer.

1-Day Challenges

London 10 Peaks Challenge, England

Discover ten of London’s often hidden peaks on this marathon distance walking urban challenge. See a different side to London and journey through 42km of beautiful woodland, nature reserves and quieter spaces on the popular ‘London Loop’ footpath.

London Royal Parks Challenge, England

Challenge yourself to this marathon distance trek between the ten London Royal Park’s. This epic 42km route will take you across historic parkland and beautiful green spaces, while passing some of the finest architecture in London.

Edinburgh 7 Summits Challenge, Scotland

Take part in this tough 35km urban challenge set in the heart of Edinburgh. Experience hidden routes through this beautiful Scottish city, and experience it from 7 incredible viewpoints! You’ll follow historic waterways, forgotten railways, stop off at castles and palaces and climb to the summit Arthurs Seat – an extinct volcano!

2-Day Challenges

South Downs at Night, England

Push yourself to the limit on this unique nighttime challenge through the South Downs National Park. Trek 42km along the South Downs Way battling fatigue and the demanding terrain of one of southern England’s newest National Parks before reaching Beachy Head and Eastbourne as the sun begins to rise.

2022 UK Challenges

Lake District Triple Challenge, England

Trek to the summit of one of the Lake District’s most iconic peaks, the Old Man of Coniston (803m), before testing yourself on the off-road mountain bike trails of Grizedale Forest, then kayak across the iconic Coniston Water.

2022 UK Challenges

Lake District 5 Peaks Challenge, England

Prepare for an epic 22km trek through the rugged and dramatic landscape of the Lake District, as you tackle five of England’s most demanding peaks, including its highest – Scafell Pike (978m).

Snowdon Triple Challenge, Wales

Pit yourself against the spectacular landscape of Snowdonia National Park in this tough and exciting multi-activity challenge. You’ll summit the mighty Snowdon (1,085m) as well as tackling challenging biking and kayaking sections all the while surrounded by this stunning part of Wales.

Ben Nevis at Night, Scotland

Beginning in Glen Nevis, in the heart of the Scottish highlands, this spectacular challenge will take you to the top of Ben Nevis (1345m)….at night! Reach the summit as the sun starts to rise and you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Scottish Highlands.

Snowdon at Night, Wales

Beginning in the town of Llanberis, in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, this spectacular challenge will see you and fellow fundraisers trekking to the top of Snowdon (1085m) … at night! Trek under the starry skies of Snowdonia in order to reach the summit of the highest mountain in Wales for sunrise.

Yorkshire 3 Peaks at Night, England

Challenge yourself to complete this classic UK trekking challenge, but with a twist! It’s a 38km trek at night to summit the Yorkshire Three Peaks – Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen Y Ghent. Start as the sun sets and aim to reach the final peak as the sun begins to rise.

What grade should I choose?

Whether you are a challenge veteran or this is your first time taking on a Charity Challenge we have something for everyone.

There are three difficulty levels:

  • Challenging: A “challenging” trip will test someone who is relatively fit and has a spirit of adventure. You may have had some previous experience, but this is not necessary as long as the correct training is undertaken. You will be physically tested but the terrain is often on well-established routes.
  • Tough: A “tough” trip should be undertaken by someone with previous experience and interest in the activity – whether biking or trekking. A tough challenge will test you both physically and mentally. Both cycle and treks will be hilly, and training is essential. On a UK “tough” challenge, you should expect 10+ hours of exertion over demanding terrain.
  • Extreme: Extreme challenges will involve a great deal of endurance. These trips are not to be taken lightly. They are usually undertaken by someone with previous experience in a mountain setting, but who wants to take their experience to the next level physically and mentally. Training is essential.
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2021 HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE CHARITY CHALLENGE LEADERS

December 23, 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, we look back on everything we have collectively achieved with YOU – our heroic adventurous participants – and to share our gratitude to all those involved.

Clearly, the main achievement this year has been navigating through the many and sudden Covid impacts on international travel and working through the ever changing rules and restrictions. But I am delighted to tell you that we also managed to support almost 4000 participants to take on over 75 UK challenges, which have raised around £3million for many great causes.

We have many thousands of participants who were unable to take on an international challenge over the last two years, who are now lined up to travel on their challenge of a lifetime in 2022, and we look forward to getting those challenges back up and running.

To all of the individuals who came out this year to take on their challenge, and to our many charity and corporate partners, I would like to publicly thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support and desire to travel whenever the situation has allowed.

To the leaders, doctors, drivers and other support team members, thank you for your energy and enthusiasm and words of support in the difficult moments.

We can see the light at the end of the tunnel getting brighter and brighter and we hope and believe that 2022 will provide a year of new and exciting travel and challenge opportunities!

Simon and team Charity Challenge,
Simon Albert, Co founder and Director

Looking back on 2021, these are the moments that hold a special place in the hearts of our Charity Challenge leaders.

ANDY BAKER, HEAD OF UK EVENTS

Where do you start trying to pick a highlight from such an incredibly busy year! It would have to be the CoppaFeel! Scottish Highlands Challenge in September. For me personally this was the culmination of an initial idea to organise a trekking itinerary in the UK that would replicate the experience of being on one of our overseas challenges. It worked brilliantly. The varied routes in the Scottish Highlands offered a real challenge, the campsite was great, the food brilliant and the whole group of participants were very special. With no mobile phone signal on the campsite it was great to watch people sit and talk around the campsite….or queue up to use the pay phone clutching 10p pieces!

COLIN LOVELL

My highlight of the year has got to be Palaces on Wheels, the four day cycle ride from Highgrove House to Sandringham with the British Asian Trust. There were so many magical moments from talking to Prince Charles, accessing the various palaces and cycling many new roads. The route took us through the Cotswolds hills, historic Oxford, various royal parks, the chaos of central London and finally the flatness of Norfolk. A lovely diverse group who stayed positive and fun throughout, despite this being a very hard challenge for some of them. The Charity Challenge Team was made up of people I have done many cycle rides with before so it was nice to be part of a well oiled machine.

LOUISE ALLEN 

It’s got to be the Mind Hike Hadrian’s Wall and Dawn till Dusk, both of which were on my home territory. Sharing 12 hours of laughs, tears and stories with some extraordinary people. After an extremely tough 18 months it was great to be able to promote and support good mental health through exercise and sharing chat.

PENNY KNIGHT 

St Ives was nervous – and rightly so. The G7 Summit was of secondary importance next to the main event. Joe Biden only had G7 but we had the No 1 G and she meant business. The CoppaFeel! crowd were descending en masse in temperatures of 31° to extreme excitement following months of anticipation. OK, it wasn’t the intended Sahara Desert Trek but anyone who has ever come across this inspirational bunch of women would know that was never going to dampen their spirits. Pasties, ice creams, campsite cricket, tin mines and coves, cramp and blisters (wow, the blisters!), sand and rocky ledges – this trek had its highs and lows, tears and laughter, sun and rain, tutus and tits . . . of course, tits!! However there were many more highs than lows, more laughter than tears and more sun than rain. Yet again the CoppaFeel! participants had excelled, bonded like sisters, challenged themselves above what they thought they could and raised a significant amount for this incredible charity. Kris Hallenga (founder of CoppaFeel!), who lives in Cornwall, joined us to celebrate and sealed this for us all up there with the very best of life’s experiences. 

LIZZY CODD

Without doubt the two trips that stick in my mind from 2021 are the Coppafeel treks I helped lead in Cornwall in June and the Highlands of Scotland in September.  The ladies who joined us for these trips overcame pain, self-doubt, mental health issues, family commitments and fitness to achieve heights they thought impossible. It’s the reason I love leading walks, giving people the chance to achieve things they thought unachievable. They worked together to encourage each other and gain confidence in what they could do. From Tamsin who trekked mile after mile of vertiginous South West Coast Path despite her fear of heights, often in tears but continuing to put one foot in front of the other. To Leanne, who would take shorter breaks than everyone else so she could start up the next hill at her own pace and not feel guilty making people wait for her. To the extremely fit Kelly who despite having stage 4 cancer was always cheerful and quickly reassessed her goals when she realised others weren’t as fit as her and would struggle with hills she could walk with her eyes closed – she turned out to be a real asset to the team. And finally my fellow leaders (the Teletubbies) were also the best crew ever – miss them all!

DUNCAN TURNBULL

There were three highlights for me working on three totally different jobs. All three had truly inspirational people on them for very different reasons. The first was Climb for Caroline in memory of the late TV presenter Caroline Flack.  Taking part were her close friends and family in support of the Samaritans, which obviously made it a very emotionally charged event. The next was three days trekking Hadrian’s Wall with nine amputees, among them Rachel Morris a double gold paralympic medalist. They were all very inspirational people.

Then came the big one: Coppafeel in Glen Lyon, a 100k challenge over five days with the most incredible people. Wow! What the body can do when the mindset is right! Thank you for allowing me to lead on these events. 

IAN MORTON

In a year of so many highlights it’s been really difficult choosing just one! Exploring the South-West Coastal Path and Scottish Highlands with the ever-inspirational CoppaFeel! team, and the annual 24-hour MIND Hike on Hadrian’s Wall certainly stand out. I have, however, chosen an event that stood out to me personally and professionally even more than those amazing trips – the “Giant’s Causeway Challenge” in Northern Ireland in July. Helping plan and manage this inaugural event as part of a small leader team – involving a marathon-length trek along the Causeway Coast Way from the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge to Portstewart via the World Heritage Site at Giant’s Causeway – was really challenging and interesting. Subsequently seeing the great feedback from the participants after a spectacular day’s walking (and seeing the Causeway myself for the first time) gave me a real sense of satisfaction!

RICHARD SIMPKIN

This year has been an extremely active and eventful one and the final challenge in some ways is the hardest: how to pick one highlight out of a year full of so many challenging, fun and emotional events? I spent some time pondering over the many highlights and decided to head all the way back to June and the LimbPower Hadrian’s Wall challenge. Having completed the recce, I had a picture album full of many stiles and some quite steep climbs as well as a series of alternative routes should the original route prove unachievable for the participants.

The route was a multi-day route which I find more enjoyable anyway as it gives you more time to get to know the participants. Day one went well but day two was the real learning point. There was a spot about a third of the way through when everything just clicked, the participants relaxed and the leaders understood when assistance was needed and when it wasn’t. The event finished with me in a car park next to a coffee shop shouting across to the team “who’s left their leg in the MPV?” much to the bemusement of other customers and the amusement of the team.

TOM RUMSEY

This year’s highlight for me was without a doubt the return of the Prostate Cancer UK March for Men and the opportunity to hang out with the legend that is Jeff Stelling. This event has been the highlight of my calendar for a few years now. Charity Challenge is very proud to be supporting Jeff Stelling complete his 33 marathon walk for Prostate Cancer UK fundraising over £1.2 million! Charity Challenge have had the pleasure of being involved with 23 of the “March for Men” marathons since 2017. That’s over 500 miles visiting over 60 football clubs and cities across the entire of the UK.

The 105 mile odyssey from Tyneside to London via Liverpool and West Yorkshire in 2021 did not disappoint! A team of 50+ staff over four days supporting over 400 charity walkers (including a few familiar faces) visiting, 17 sporting institutions and raising over £300k was full of amazing memories, lots of fun and was an emotional finish. This team photo with Jeff at the finish in the amazing new Spurs stadium pretty much sums up what a great event it is. Roll on 2022.

SAMEED ASGHAR

Having taken part in several amazing charity treks in 2021, the Coppafeel Scottish Highlands trek was definitely the highlight for me. It was great to see such an incredible group of people, who in one way or another were affected by cancer, take on a huge challenge. They were all inspirational individuals and it was an honour to help lead a group who conquered all of the mountains during the week. The bond between the whole group was something really special to see which I have not witnessed to such a deep extent on any other trek. This certainly left a lasting impression.

Just can’t wait to make your own memories? Visit Charity Challenge to choose your next challenge!

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Tips & Advice

WINTER FUNDRAISING IDEAS

December 21, 2021

Daylight is in short supply and the nights are getting longer, but don’t let that lull you into hibernation. While many sports activities may be off limits, winter can still be a great time to head outdoors for a fabulous fundraiser. 

If you’re more of a homebody, there’s also plenty of options for inspiring indoor initiatives – you just need to think a little creatively. 

Give it up 

The festive season is over and you’re feeling a little worse for wear. Many of us think about cutting back in January, as we make our resolutions and pledge to shape up. This might mean deciding to go vegan or alcohol-free for a month or more, or staying away from sugar for a set period of time. 

Giving something up can often be a payoff in itself, but why not take the opportunity to harness that will power as a force for fundraising? A pound for every pint you forgo? A donation for every day without dairy? Cash for every consecutive day without chocolate? The possibilities are endless. 

Unwanted gift sales

Something else you may have a surplus of post Christmas are those unwanted gifts. Without wanting to seem ungrateful, the presents that left you feeling disappointed and downhearted may turn out to do wonders for the greater good.

Rather than sneakily regifting them or trying for a receiptless return, how about gathering up all those cuddly toys, fluffy slippers, cookbook collections and sets of smellies and selling them off for charity? Head for a car boot sale, set up a stall outside your house or just list them online. Remember, every penny counts. 

Super soup off

Who doesn’t love a piping hot bowl of soup in winter, especially after a long frosty walk? So why not take the opportunity to stage a super soup off, where friends, family, neighbours and colleagues can come along and sample the best of the bowls. 

Consider cooking a selection yourself for an event at home, charging a nominal amount for each bowl served up. Or ask supporters to donate batches of their favourite recipes for a winter warmer sale. Needless to say, you will need a suitable venue and cooking facilities – as well as sufficient crockery and cutlery. 

Four legged fun

We’re still so full of lockdown love for our four-legged friends, so perhaps it’s time to recruit your dog to your fundraising efforts? This is your chance to organise your very own woofy walk. You will of course need a specified route laid out in advance and permission from your local authority or park owner to stage a public event. 

Alternatively, if you prefer to keep things simpler, why not offer your services as a dog walker? Pet-owners can be hard-pushed to get their pooches out for a wander every day, so consider offering your services in exchange for charitable donations. 

Virtual quiz night

It can be hard to get motivated to venture out at night when the mercury drops, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still boost your fundraising efforts with a virtual quiz night.

Enlist video sharing sites like Zoom and Microsoft Teams to stage your very own quiz night. Invite guests along for a specific date and time, charging them a nominal night to participate – either as teams or individuals. Consider adopting a theme, such as a Valentine’s Day quiz or one focusing on eighties music, and don’t forget those all important prizes. 

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The BLACK FRIDAY SALE has begun – Save up to £300*

November 26, 2021
Charity Challenge Black Friday Sale

If you have had your eye on a challenge for 2022, now is the time to book! Spaces are already beginning to fill up fast on our popular challenges after our members only priority booking so make sure you do not miss out on these great savings!

Book before midnight on Monday 29th Nov and get up to £300 off the registration fee on selected overseas challenges and up to 60% off the registration fee on selected UK challenges. Use the code BF2021 when booking your next adventure. *T&C’s apply

Visit incredible destinations, go beyond your limits and create lifelong memories in some of the world’s most amazing destinations, while raising money to help your favourite cause. Where and what is next on your bucket list? Below is a little taster of some of the amazing discounts we have on offer this year….

Save up to £300 off your reg fee on Everest Base Camp 

Save up to £200 off your reg fee on Trek to Machu Picchu

Save up to £100 off your reg fee on Saigon to Angkor Wat Bike Ride.

Save up to £200 off your reg fee on Kilimanjaro Summit Climb – Lemosho Route

Save up to £100 off your reg fee on Sahara Desert Trek

Save up to £100 off your reg fee on Icelandic Lava Trek

Save up to 50% off your reg fee on National Three Peaks Challenge

Save up to 50% off your reg fee on Lake District Triple Challenge

Save up to 50% off your reg fee on Snowdon At Night Challenge

Save up to 50% off your reg fee on Lake District 5 Peaks Challenge

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MASSIVE savings coming soon in our Black Friday Sale

November 8, 2021
Black Friday Sale 2021

As the UK season comes to an end, we are very excited to turn our attention to an adventure filled 2022!

Now is the time to sit down with a cuppa and write your challenge bucket list for the year ahead. That is if you haven’t done it already!

We are offering MASSIVE savings on a range 2022 challenges in our upcoming Black Friday Sale.

And… we are offering our wonderful members, PRIORITY BOOKING and first access to these great offers from Mon 22nd Nov!

How do you become a member?

Sign up to our newsletter below to be the first to receive all the latest news, inspiration, and special offers from Charity Challenge, including early access to priority bookings! For more information about how we use and protect your data please see our privacy policy. You can opt out at any time.

Next steps?

We will be in touch via email at 9am Mon 22nd of Nov with the Black Friday Sale discount code and offers available for your priority bookings. For now, click on the link HERE to view all of our 2022 challenges and start getting your wish list ready for our biggest ever Black Friday Sale!

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Important News About Virgin Money Giving

November 8, 2021

Virgin Money have made the decision to close Virgin Money Giving (VMG) later this year.

If you are NOT raising sponsorship via the Virgin Money Giving website, you can ignore this update.

If you are using the Virgin Money Giving site, you will hopefully have received an update from them directly to let you know that they are ceasing to operate from 30 November this year. You can read more here.

We would therefore recommend that if you speak to your charity in the first instance and ask them which other platform you should continue to raise funds on.

On the link above, there are some handy Q&As.

If you have any questions about the closing of Virgin Money Giving, we advise you to speak to them direct in the first instance and also to your chosen charity. Please email fundraising@fundraise.virginmoneygiving.com

If there is anything you wish to ask of Charity Challenge, please email info@charitychallenge.com.

Regards

The Charity Challenge Team

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FLASH SALE – Only 3 Days Left To Get Up To 30% Off Reg Fees*

July 29, 2021

This is your reminder that you have ⏰ 3 Days Left ⏰ to save up to 30% off registration fees on selected 2021 and 2022 UK challenges in our FLASH SALE.

Offer ends Midnight Saturday 31st July 2021.

Use the code FREEDOM when booking. *T&C’s apply.

Don’t miss out!

TRIPLE CHALLENGES

An exciting multi-activity challenge of trekking, biking and kayaking located in stunning National Parks throughout the UK.

Save up to 20% off reg fees on the Lake District Triple Challenge
Save up to 20% off reg fees on the Snowdon Triple Challenge 

TREKKING CHALLENGES

We are blessed to have some of the most spectacular National Parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, coastal walks and trekking trails right on our doorstep. 

Save up to 30% off reg fees on the National Three Peaks Challenge
Save 20% off reg fees on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge
London Royal Parks Challenge
Save up to 20% off reg fees on the London Royal Parks Challenge
Save up to 20% off reg fees on the Edinburgh 7 Summits Challenge
London 10 Peaks Challenge
Save up to 20% off reg fees on the London 10 Peaks Challenge
Save 20% off reg fees on the West Highway Way Challenge

AT NIGHT CHALLENGES

A unique way to challenge yourself and your senses, whilst racing the sun through the night. 

Ben Nevis at Night
Save up to 20% off reg fees on the Ben Nevis At Night Challenge
Snowdon at Night
Save up to 20% off reg fees on the Snowdon at Night Challenge
Save up to 20% off reg fees on the Yorkshire Three Peaks At Night Challenge
South Downs at Night
Save up to 20% off reg fees on the South Downs at Night Challenge

We understand that there may still be a little uncertainty around booking in the current climate, so we have pulled together “Booking with Confidence”, all the information your supporters require to help them book their next Charity Challenge with absolute confidence!

All of our challenges have updated health and safety measures in place to ensure they are Covid Safe. Read more here Covid-19 : Keeping you Safe
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Summer Fundraising Ideas

June 24, 2021

With the long summer days, there is so much time to fundraise! Whether you want to run an office sweepstake, host a garden party, or run a bingo event we have the perfect summer fundraising ideas to dive into this this season.  

Sweepstakes

Now is the perfect time to set up a sweepstake competition and raise money for charity. We have an exciting season of sport upon us and it would be a shame not to get involved! They are easy to set up and a fantastic opportunity to get your friends, family and colleagues involved in supporting your fundraising efforts.

How to run a sweepstake :

  1. Decide the competition for your sweepstake. For example, guess the winners of Euros.
  2. Set the price of each entry e.g. £5.
  3. Ask your family, friends (or colleagues if it’s an office sweepstake) to make a donation for their entry.
  4. They can pick a possible result from a hat or you can give them one at random.
  5. Whoever guesses correctly wins a prize and the money raised from the entries will be donated to your chosen charity.
Spring Fundraising Ideas

Garden Party

The weather is warming up, so get the picnic rugs ready, fire up the barbeque, and throw a garden party. Provide food, drinks and entertainment in exchange for donations. The opportunities with this are event are endless! Hold a themed party. Ask a live band to provide music. Serve food and drinks donated by local restaurants and cafes. Ask local businesses to donate prizes for a raffle, auction or tombola on the big day. Set up a Selfie station. Hold a cake sale. Set up a face painting stand. Play garden games…

Sell tickets prior to the event so you know how much stock is required and how many people will be attending your fundraising event.

Car Wash Fundraiser

A car wash fundraiser is a proven money maker as everyone needs a good car wash once in a while, especially now with all the tree pollen in the air! Plus it is simple to organise. Fun to do. And is a great way to raise funds.

How to hold a car wash fundraiser :

  • Find a venue for your charity car wash – The choice of venue really depends on whether you plan to target passers-by or wash the cars of people prepared to drive to your site. Access to a water supply is also obviously a must have!
  • Make sure you advertise your fundraising car wash – posters, flyers, local media, social media, local community centres and forums.
  • Ensure you have all the equipment required – water supply, hose pipe, buckets, clean rags, Chamois leather, soft cloth for polishing, car shampoo and volunteers!
  • Utilise all opportunities to raise more funds – while the customers are waiting offer them a beverage / snack, or sell raffle tickets etc..

Bingo Event

A fundraising bingo event is a sociable and fun way to raise money for your chosen charity, plus it is easy to run and you can hold it practically anywhere – from your home to your workplace, online or in person.

How to hold a bingo fundraiser :

  • Decide on the date, time and venue of your charity bingo event and invite your family and friends to attend for a donation.
  • You can either purchase your fundraising bingo cards or make one up yourself by creating some grids with 10-14 random numbers between 1-100.
  • Alternatively, provide your guests with blank grids and they can write the numbers themselves.
  • Prepare some prizes for the winners.
  • Contact your chosen charity to see if they have any branded materials you can use to decorate the venue – balloons, posters or banners etc..
  • Maximise your fundraising on the night by having a charity sweepstake or raffle.
Responsible Tourism

Responsible Tourism

June 24, 2021

At Charity Challenge we acknowledge that it is our responsibility to ensure that we do all we can to contribute to making better places for people to live in, in the countries where we operate, and better places for you to visit. We’re proud to have donated over £500,000 to local community organisations in our host countries, helping to support medical, educational and environmental projects, and to carbon offset projects around the world.

Following some feedback from a recent challenge, we have updated our pre-challenge information and Responsible Tourism Policy to place a greater emphasis on respecting, protecting and enjoying the outdoors.

Our Responsible Tourism aims are to:

  1.  Use locally owned services whenever possible
  2.  Respect, protect and enjoy the outdoors
  3.  Encourage transparency with our ground teams about how responsibly they manage our tours
  4.  Support local community projects in the countries in which we operate
  5.  Move towards using local leaders on all overseas challenges rather than foreign leaders

To find out more about our policy and see how we are implementing this please click here

We also have the following policies: Child ProtectionAnimal WelfareInternational Porters Guidelines.

How can you be more responsible on a challenge?

You have an important role to play in ensuring our guidelines for responsible tourism are carried out during the challenge. Participants are encouraged to enter into the spirit of adventure, but to do so with respect for  the places and people you visit.

Remove all unnecessary packaging

Many countries do not have the same refuse disposal systems as you are used to. A typical challenge itinerary generates a surprising amount of waste. We ask that you all do as much as possible to minimise this, and to see that rubbish is disposed of responsibly. Be particularly aware of the problems of disposing of batteries; if in doubt bring them home with you.

Be conservative with water

In many places, water is a scarce resource and without careful use, local people and wildlife suffer. We provide a generous amount of clean drinking water on our challenges, and as much as possible we use tap, filtered or purified water rather than purchasing bottled water. The water that we provide to drink will always have been treated to make it safe to drink. When cleaning your teeth, turn the water tap off whilst you are brushing. Dirty water used from washing either yourself or dishes should be scattered on the ground 100ft away from river sources if a drain is not available, do not use non-biodegradable soap in lakes or streams.

Don’t leave your rubbish behind

Please take it with you. Your rubbish is not often biodegradable, is always unsightly, and may take years to biodegrade especially in desert or mountain environments. In some instances, rubbish can cause great harm to wildlife. It may seem that local communities have little regard for their environment and contribute heavily to the problem of rubbish, but waste disposal is often very limited. Please don’t let our presence add to these problems. Please carry your rubbish with you and dispose of it at the next camp or town you come to. Try and leave the area as you would want to find it, this may include picking up other people’s rubbish at your camp site.

Smoking

If you must smoke, you should collect the matches and cigarette butts when finished and put them in your pocket and dispose of them properly when you get to camp. Not only does it present a fire risk, cigarette butts take many years to decompose and may harm local wildlife.

Noise

Noise should be kept to a minimum so as not to disturb the animals. Animals should not be touched, goaded, fed or disturbed in any way. Don’t try to approach animals as this may cause them to panic and injure themselves as they try to escape.

Damage

Try not to damage any plant life, which you come across. This includes not picking flowers, which might be rare. When trekking, follow your guides and keep to the path. Going off the beaten track could result in damaging sensitive soil and vegetation. Removing coral damages the marine ecosystem and is nearly always unsustainable. If you are near coral, please bear in mind it is made up of tiny animals and takes centuries to grow. Treading on coral can cause severe long­ term damage.

Accommodation

Most challenges begin and end in a hotel. Please turn off air conditioning and lights when you are not in the room. Also ask the challenge leader to talk to hoteliers about towel washing options and please use the towels more than once rather than asking for (or allowing) them to be washed every day.

Toilets

As many of our challenges will take you off-the-beaten track, there are often a lack of toilet facilities. On treks it is unlikely you will have a flushing toilet. Instead a toilet tent will be erected and a pit dug. Any paper rubbish should be collected, not buried. If you are out for the day and no toilet is available please ask your challenge leader what the appropriate action is and ensure you don’t leave any paper waste behind (you can take nappy bags for this). Where a toilet is provided, please use it, as opposed to finding your own rock to crouch behind. Toilet paper is unsightly and takes a long time to decompose.

Tipping

Tipping is perfectly acceptable and can form the base of the local economy, with some relying mainly on tips. Please refer to the Trip Notes for the trip for the recommended amount. Your challenge leader will advise you during the challenge how this is distributed between the crew.

Respect

Respect local customs and follow high standards of courtesy. Treat images of the heads of state with respect. Be aware of the differences in social behaviour and behave appropriately. Standards of acceptable behaviour vary greatly from place to place, and people of developing countries can often be easily shocked  by ‘western’ behaviour. Displays of intimacy are often considered not suitable in public. Don’t make  promises you can’t keep. So if you say you are going to write, do. Learn some words in the local language to help make contact and conversation.

Observe the local dress code in the areas in which you are travelling, e.g. cover up in holy places. Local people can feel deeply offended when visitors do not observe the dress code and this can also cause unwanted attention. Respect property and their surroundings. Leave places you visit as you found them, or even better. Ensure you know the appropriate behaviour for the situation you are in, for example, ask your  leader if it is essential to remove your shoes before entering a building.

Photography

Ask permission before taking someone’s photo. Many people don’t like having their photo’s taken and there  may be religious reasons for this. Don’t pay children for photos’ as it will encourage them to beg. If they have the opportunity to go to school they may not to be so willing to do so if they can make money from tourists by looking cute. Be cautious when taking photos of bridges, official buildings, persons in uniform, planes and airports, or religious buildings and ceremonies. Ask your challenge leader for advice if unsure.

If you  need any help or advice about any of the above points then please don’t hesitate to email us here in the office at challenges@charitychallenge.com and we can give you some additional guidance.

Challenges

FEATURED CHALLENGE: Snowdon Triple Challenge

May 26, 2021

Highlights :

  • Take on an exciting multi-activity challenge in the heart of Snowdonia National Park
  • Complete 3 epic activities over 1 day – 15km trek, 17km cycle, and 4km kayak
  • Cycle around the lake shore of Llyn Padarn and pass the famous slate quarries
  • Summit the highest peak in Wales, Snowdon (1,085m)
  • Nestling in Snowdon’s ever-present shadow and amongst the beautiful landscapes of the Llanberis Pass, kayak across Llyn Padam
  • Book a team (friends or colleagues) and challenge other teams to compete against!

Overview :

Grab this opportunity to pit yourself against the spectacular landscape of Snowdonia National Park in this tough and exciting multi-activity challenge. You’ll summit the mighty Snowdon as well as tackling challenging biking and kayaking sections all the while surrounded by this stunning part of the UK.

The Snowdon Triple Challenge is graded as tough. This is the perfect challenge for participants who are of an adventurous spirit and an open mind, but perhaps haven’t taken on a multi-activity challenge before. You will not need to be to an expert cyclist or kayaker, just somebody with a willing sense of adventure. The trip may be short, but it is far from a walk in the park as you confront steep climbs and gruelling hills over the 36km route. 

Why Choose Charity Challenge?

  • Everything included from the moment you arrive. Unlike other operators we include everything from hotel accommodation, breakfast on the morning of the challenge,  and plenty of lunch and snacks whilst on the challenge.
  • Hire of kayaks is included in the cost. Hire of road bikes can be facilitated or bring your own.
  • The very best leaders and instructors, who are fully qualified, highly experienced, knowledgeable and fun. They will do everything to help you complete the challenge and have a great time doing it.
  • Fully qualified cycling and kayak leaders who can also provide expert instruction to guide you through each activity.
  • Summit the highest peak in Wales, Snowdon, 1085m high

Whats included in the challenge :

  • One night’s accommodation in a hotel (twin-share)
  • All meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Drinking water on challenge days
  • All equipment for the kayaking section will be provided for you along with safety instruction. Hire of road bikes can be provided.
  • Fully qualified, highly experienced, knowledgeable and fun mountain, cycling and kayak leaders who can also provide expert instruction to guide you through each activity
  • Charity Challenge medal
  • Challenge Safe Kit – a disposable face mask, 100ml alcohol-based hand sanitiser (72%) and a Charity Challenge buff
  • 15% off Cotswold OutdoorSnow and Rock, and Runners Need
  • 10% kit hire discount with Outdoorhire
  • Support materials (itinerary, kit list, challenge information, health notes, Covid Safe health & safety guidelines, travel tips, responsible travel policy, and guidance)
  • Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies
  • Fundraising advice & fitness training notes
  • Repeat booker discount for your next Charity Challenge

How to fund your challenge :

  • Self-funder – Pay a registration fee of £75 when you book. Then a balance of £194 (5 weeks before your challenge). Raise as much as you can for your nominated charity.
  • Minimum sponsorship – Registration fee of £75 when you book. Raise a minimum of £395 for your nominated charity. You can raise funds for any UK or Irish registered charity.

NB: Please note that the registration fee for 2022 is £85 (£75 in 2021)

For more information please click here

Availability :

Within our Triple Challenge Series we also have 3 additional UK & Ireland challenges you can get involved with. Do you have what it takes to take on all four Triple Challenges?

Lake District Triple Challenge, England

Trek to the summit of one of the Lake District’s most iconic peaks, the Old Man of Coniston (803m), before testing yourself on the off-road mountain bike trails of Grizedale Forest, then kayak across the iconic Coniston Water.

Scottish Highlands Triple Challenge, Scotland

Join us in the Cairngorms National Park for an exciting weekend of cycling, trekking and kayaking. Culminating with an ascent of Ben Nevis (1,344m) and set within the classic adventure playground of the Scottish Highlands, this is the ultimate triple challenge.

Irish Triple Challenge, Ireland

A breath-taking triple challenge in the Irish adventure playground of Killarney National Park – a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Cycle along the famous Ring of Kerry, kayak in the beautiful Killarney lakes and then trek to the summit of Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil (1,038m), all in one incredible weekend of adventure.

Challenges

Last Minute UK Challenges!

May 20, 2021
London 10 Peaks Challenge

After 6 long months of restrictions, this week sees an extremely welcome return to operating our UK challenges again. Our first set of challengers for 2021 will be taking part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks at Night Challenge this weekend and the Team at Charity Challenge could not be more excited!

We know that everyone is itching to get back outside and dust off their hiking gear, so why not consider one of our easy to commit to, last minute challenges this summer :

5 Reasons To Book A Last Minute Charity Challenge

1) Low registration fee – Each of our challenges listed below has a registration fee of just £35!

2) Low sponsorship – Raise a minimum of £195.00 for your nominated charity or choose the self funded option and pay a balance of £95 plus raise whatever you can for your choice of charity.

3 ) Lots of great inclusions – Drinks and snacks available throughout the day, Celebratory drink and medal at the finish, 15% off Cotswold Outdoor, Snow and Rock, and Runners Need, Challenge Safe Kit (a disposable face mask, 100ml alcohol-based hand sanitiser (72%) and a Charity Challenge Buff), plus fully qualified, highly experienced, knowledgeable and fun Mountain Leaders.

4) Booking with confidence – We understand that there may still be a little uncertainty around booking in the current climate, so we have pulled together “Booking with Confidence”, all the information you require to you book your next Charity Challenge with absolute confidence!

5) Covid Safe – Dont’ forget, all of our challenges have new health and safety measures in place to ensure they are Covid Safe. Read more here Covid-19 : Keeping you Safe

Edinburgh 7 Summits Challenge

Edinburgh 7 Summits Challenge, Scotland – Sat 17 Jul 2021

Take part in this tough 35km urban challenge set in the heart of Edinburgh. Experience hidden routes through this beautiful Scottish city and experience it from seven incredible viewpoints! You’ll follow historic waterways, forgotten railways, stop off at castles and palaces and climb to the summit of Arthurs Seat – an extinct volcano!

The 7 summits include : Corstorphine Hill (161m), Craiglockhart Hill East (175m), Braid Hill (205m), Blackford hill (164m), The Royal Observatory (146m), Arthur’s seat (251m), and Carlton Hill (103m).

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London Royal Parks Challenge

London Royal Parks Challenge, England – Sat 07 Aug 2021

Challenge yourself to this marathon distance trek between the 10 London Royal Park’s. This epic 42km route will take you across historic parkland and beautiful green spaces, while passing some of the finest architecture in London. From Richmond Park, along the banks of the River Thames, passing iconic Westminster and Buckingham Palace, before ending in Greenwich Park.

By the end of the challenge you will have visited each of the 10 ‘Royal Parks’ – 1) Bushy Park, 2) Richmond Park, 3) Brompton Cemetery, 4) Victoria Tower Gardens, 5) St James’s Park, 6) Green Park, 7) Hyde Park
8) Kensington Gardens, 9) Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, 10) Greenwich Park.

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Snowdon at Night Challenge, Wales – Sat 07 Aug 2021

Beginning in the town of Llanberis, in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, this spectacular challenge will see you and fellow fundraisers trekking to the top of Snowdon (1085m) … at night! Trek under the starry skies of Snowdonia in order to reach the summit of the highest mountain in Wales for sunrise.

After the elation of reaching the top you must summon up the energy to return to the start where it will be time to relax and celebrate with a celebration breakfast!

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London 10 Peaks Challenge, England – Sat 21 Aug 2021

Discover ten of London’s often hidden peaks on this new marathon distance walking urban challenge. See a different side to London and journey through 42km of beautiful woodland, nature reserves and quieter spaces on the popular ‘London Loop’ footpath.

The peaks include: White Hill (100m), Pinner Hill (130m), Harrow Weald Common (131m), Stanmore Hill (151m), Deacons Hill (135m), Furze Hill (135m), Mill Hill (111m), Mount Moat (145m), Arkley (147m), Bournwell Hill (129m).

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Visit England - We're Good to Go

We are proud to have acquired the UK Industry Standard mark, “We’re good to go” in partnership with the Tourist Organisations of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This means that our business has followed government and industry Covid-19 guidelines, has a risk assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

Challenges

Launch of 2022 UK Challenges – Trek, Cycle and Triple

May 10, 2021

Charity Challenge are very pleased to announce the launch of our 2022 UK challenge dates for our trek, cycle and triple challenge series. We are blessed to have some of the most spectacular National Parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites coastal walks and trekking trails right on our doorstep. Whether you are a challenge veteran or this is your first time taking on a Charity Challenge we have something for everyone.

There are three difficulty levels:

  • Challenging: A “challenging” trip will test someone who is relatively fit and has a spirit of adventure. You may have had some previous experience, but this is not necessary as long as the correct training is undertaken. You will be physically tested but the terrain is often on well-established routes.
  • Tough: A “tough” trip should be undertaken by someone with previous experience and interest in the activity – whether biking or trekking. A tough challenge will test you both physically and mentally. Both cycle and treks will be hilly, and training is essential. On a UK “tough” challenge, you should expect 10+ hours of exertion over demanding terrain.
  • Extreme: Extreme challenges will involve a great deal of endurance. These trips are not to be taken lightly. They are usually undertaken by someone with previous experience in a mountain setting, but who wants to take their experience to the next level physically and mentally. Training is essential.

Trek Challenges

Lake District 5 Peaks Challenge, England

Prepare for an epic 22km trek through the rugged and dramatic landscape of the Lake District, as you tackle five of England’s most demanding peaks, including its highest – Scafell Pike (978m).

24 Peaks Challenge, England

Unique multi-day mountain challenge in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Attempt to summit 24 peaks over the course of 2 days trekking on some of the most iconic mountains in the Lake District, covering 47km with a total ascent of 3299m.

National Three Peaks Challenge, UK

Take on the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales. Considered one of Britain’s toughest outdoor challenges, the National Three Peaks Challenge takes in the dizzy heights of Ben Nevis (1,344m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Snowdon (1,085m) over 42kms in just 24hrs.

Giant’s Causeway Challenge, Northern Ireland

Commencing at the iconic Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, this tough one day challenge has you trekking a marathon distance along the dramatic Northern Ireland coastline of the Giant’s Causeway UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Welsh 3000’s Challenge, Wales

Take your challenge experience to the next level with this extreme 45km mountain trek in stunning Snowdonia. Summit all 15 peaks over 3000ft in Wales in one epic weekend, including its highest – Snowdon (1,085m).

South West Coast Path Challenge, England

Join us for three days of trekking and camping along the stunning South West Coast Path. You will experience everything that this popular long-distance National Trail has to offer on this 65km trek, from remote beaches to rugged cliff tops and picturesque fishing villages – perfect for spotting Atlantic grey seals and dolphins!

West Highland Way Challenge, Scotland

Challenge yourself to complete one of the UK’s most popular long-distance treks, the West Highland Way. Trek 154km, and camp en-route, over seven days through the breath-taking and atmospheric scenery of the Scottish Highlands, experiencing incredible loch’s, stunning glen’s and dramatic highland mountains.

Triple Challenges – Trek, Cycle & Paddle

Snowdon Triple Challenge, Wales

Pit yourself against the spectacular landscape of Snowdonia National Park in this tough and exciting multi-activity challenge. You’ll summit the mighty Snowdon (1,085m) as well as tackling challenging biking and kayaking sections all the while surrounded by this stunning part of Wales.

Lake District Triple Challenge, England

Trek to the summit of one of the Lake District’s most iconic peaks, the Old Man of Coniston (803m), before testing yourself on the off-road mountain bike trails of Grizedale Forest, then kayak across the iconic Coniston Water.

Scottish Highlands Triple Challenge, Scotland

Join us in the Cairngorms National Park for an exciting weekend of cycling, trekking and kayaking. Culminating with an ascent of Ben Nevis (1,344m) and set within the classic adventure playground of the Scottish Highlands, this is the ultimate triple challenge.

Irish Triple Challenge, Ireland

A breath-taking triple challenge in the Irish adventure playground of Killarney National Park – a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Cycle 55km along the famous Ring of Kerry, test yourself on a 1.5km kayak in the beautiful Killarney lakes and then trek 13km to the summit of Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil (1,038m), all in one incredible weekend of adventure.

Cycle Challenges

Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge, England

Be inspired by some of the most dramatic scenery England has to offer on this classic two-day bike ride from the west to east coast of the country. Departing from Whitehaven, cycle for 225km, crossing through the Lake District, North Pennines, and the ancient fringes of Hadrian’s Wall, before reaching the North Sea at Whitley Bay.

Tour de Cornwall, England

Join us and cycle over 320km’s from Penzance, via Land’s End, to Plymouth. This epic three-day cycle traverses the entire Cornish peninsula, from west to east and from north to south and all the while you will be surrounded by picturesque countryside, stunning villages and historic harbour towns.

Booking with Confidence

We understand that there may still be a little uncertainty around booking in the current climate, so we have pulled together “Booking with Confidence”, all the information you require to help you book your next Charity Challenge with absolute confidence.

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All of our challenges have new health and safety measures in place to ensure they are Covid Safe. Read more here Covid-19 : Keeping you Safe. Please rest assured that Charity Challenge will continue to monitor all of the latest advice from both the government and local authorities and will ensure that all of our safety systems are up to date.

We are proud to have acquired the UK Industry Standard mark, “We’re good to go” in partnership with the Tourist Organisations of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This means that our business has followed government and industry Covid-19 guidelines, has a risk assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

Challenges

Launch of 2022 UK Challenges – Winter, Urban and At Night

April 26, 2021
UK 2022 Challenges

Charity Challenge are very pleased to announce the launch of our 2022 UK challenge dates for our Winter, Urban and At Night Challenge series. Think of a time when Covid-19 is just a distant memory and we can comfortably travel and explore the best the UK has to offer!

Can you see yourself trekking under the starry skies of Snowdonia in order to reach the summit of Snowdon for sunrise? Or take on a marathon distance trek between the ten historic and beautiful Royal Park’s in London? Or maybe you want to test yourselves in a more extreme environment by pitting yourself against the spectacular snowy landscape of the Scottish Highlands covered in winter?

Discover some of the most spectacular National Parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and cities that the UK has to offer with our Winter, Urban and At Night Challenge series and make 2022 the year it all comes true, while raising money for a worthwhile cause, close to your heart.

Winter Challenges

Winter Ben Nevis Weekend, Scotland

An incredible challenge to summit the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis (1344m), in winter! Learn key winter skills, including the use of crampons and ice axes, and then put them to good use to reach the summit where you can enjoy the spectacular views of the Scottish Highlands covered in snow.

Urban Challenges

London Royal Parks Challenge

London Royal Parks Challenge, England

Challenge yourself to this marathon distance trek between the ten London Royal Park’s. This epic 42km route will take you across historic parkland and beautiful green spaces, while passing some of the finest architecture in London.

London 10 Peaks Challenge, England

Discover ten of London’s often hidden peaks on this new marathon distance walking urban challenge. See a different side to London and journey through 42km of beautiful woodland, nature reserves and quieter spaces on the popular ‘London Loop’ footpath.

Edinburgh 7 Summits Challenge

Edinburgh 7 Summits Challenge, Scotland

Take part in this tough 35km urban challenge set in the heart of Edinburgh. Experience hidden routes through this beautiful Scottish city and experience it from seven incredible viewpoints! You’ll follow historic waterways, forgotten railways, stop off at castles and palaces and climb to the summit of Arthurs Seat – an extinct volcano!

At Night Challenges

South Downs at Night, England

Push yourself to the limit on this unique nighttime challenge through the South Downs National Park. Trek 42km along the South Downs Way battling fatigue and the demanding terrain of one of southern England’s newest National Parks before reaching Beachy Head and Eastbourne as the sun begins to rise.

Ben Nevis at Night, Scotland

Beginning in Glen Nevis, in the heart of the Scottish highlands, this spectacular challenge will take you to the top of Ben Nevis (1345m)….at night! Reach the summit as the sun starts to rise and you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Scottish Highlands.

Scafell Pike at Night, England

Trek under a blanket of stars along this magnificent route to the summit of the highest mountain in England – Scafell Pike (978m). A unique way to challenge yourself and your senses, whilst racing the sun through the night in the Lake District National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Snowdon at Night, Wales

Beginning in the town of Llanberis, in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, this spectacular challenge will see you and fellow fundraisers trekking to the top of Snowdon (1085m) … at night! Trek under the starry skies of Snowdonia in order to reach the summit of the highest mountain in Wales for sunrise.

Yorkshire 3 Peaks at Night, England

Challenge yourself to complete this classic UK trekking challenge, but with a twist! It’s a 38km trek at night to summit the Yorkshire Three Peaks – Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen Y Ghent. Start as the sun sets and aim to reach the final peak as the sun begins to rise.

Booking with Confidence

We understand that there may still be a little uncertainty around booking in the current climate, so we have pulled together “Booking with Confidence”, all the information you require to help you book your next Charity Challenge with absolute confidence.

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All of our challenges have new health and safety measures in place to ensure they are Covid Safe. Read more here Covid-19 : Keeping you Safe. Please rest assured that Charity Challenge will continue to monitor all of the latest advice from both the government and local authorities and will ensure that all of our safety systems are up to date.

We are proud to have acquired the UK Industry Standard mark, “We’re good to go” in partnership with the Tourist Organisations of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This means that our business has followed government and industry Covid-19 guidelines, has a risk assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

Challenges

FEATURED CHALLENGE : National Three Peaks Challenge

April 14, 2021

Highlights :

  • Take on the three highest mountains in the UK – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon
  • Be one of the first hikers of the day to take on Ben Nevis
  • Hike under the starry skies of the Lake District National Park and summit Scafell Pike at night
  • Reach the summit of the highest mountain in Wales for sunrise
  • Aim to summit all three peaks within 24hrs!

Overview :

Brace yourself for a fast-paced and physically challenging adventure, as you take on the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in 24hrs. Considered one of Britain’s toughest outdoor challenges, the National Three Peaks Challenge takes in the dizzy heights of Ben Nevis (1,344m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Snowdon (1,085m).

Over the course of two days, you will trek around 42km and ascend to a total height of almost 3,000m. The equivalent of a full marathon distance, but with 3 hills! This is a serious and tough challenge which requires a good level of fitness, as well as plenty of grit and determination. Ultimately, however, your hard work will be rewarded with spectacular views and a huge sense of achievement.

Charity Challenge Keeping you safe

Why Choose Charity Challenge?

Over the years Charity Challenge has built up a wealth of experience that has enabled us to create the very best National Three Peaks itinerary that is geared towards providing everyone with the very best experience and opportunity to complete the challenge successfully.

We only use full specification minibuses with luggage carried in a trailer to maximise the space available to you on the vehicles. We use professional drivers, and adhere to driver hour regulations in order to keep you safe. We include proper meal stops to make sure you are fully fuelled and to maximise your chance of success. We employ one leader to look after you for the full event, and then additional ‘fresh’ leader on each mountain to help keep the group moving at an appropriate speed. We have also built in plenty of contingency time to our itinerary as delays can happen and we want to make sure everyone gets the opportunity to complete the challenge regardless as to what the traffic on the M6 is like!  

Lake District 5 Peaks Challenge

Whats included in the challenge :

  • Travel to and from the challenge start/finish point (from Chester train station)
  • One night’s accommodation in a hotel (twin-share)
  • Three meals a day (unless otherwise stated in the itinerary)
  • Drinking water on challenge days
  • Charity Challenge medal
  • Fully qualified, highly experienced, knowledgeable and fun Mountain Leaders
  • Challenge Safe Kit – a disposable face mask, 100ml alcohol-based hand sanitiser (72%) and a Charity Challenge buff
  • 15% off Cotswold Outdoor, Snow and Rock, and Runners Need
  • 10% kit hire discount with Outdoorhire
  • Support materials (itinerary, kit list, challenge information, health notes, Covid Safe health & safety guidelines, travel tips, responsible travel policy, and guidance)
  • Fundraising advice & fitness training notes
  • Repeat booker discount for your next Charity Challenge

How to fund your challenge :

  • Self-funder – Pay a registration fee of £95 when you book. Then a balance of £424 (5 weeks before your challenge). Raise as much as you can for your nominated charity.
  • Minimum sponsorship – Registration fee of £95 when you book. Raise a minimum of £865 for your nominated charity. You can raise funds for any UK or Irish registered charity.

For more information please click here

2021 UK Challenges

Availability :

We currently have 11 departure dates in 2023 for the National Three Peaks Challenge. This is by far our most popular challenge and one we think everyone should tick off their challenge bucket list!

Tips & Advice

Spring Fundraising Ideas

March 19, 2021

With the start of Spring on Saturday the 20th of March the opportunities for new fundraising ideas begin to bloom. The lockdown measures are beginning to ease, the sun is starting to shine and the days are becoming longer – the perfect time to kick start your fundraising!

Spring Fundraising Ideas

National Walking Month

May is National Walking Month and it’s the perfect opportunity to get outside, start moving and raise much needed funds for some worthwhile causes. Plus, it is also the best time of year to see bluebells so make sure you put on those walking boots and get outside!

Fundraising ideas :

  • WALKATHON – You, your friends, one day, 26 miles. Pick a route and get going! Ask your mates to sponsor you per mile.
  • TRY20 – Do the #try20 challenge and aim to walk 20 minutes every day for the whole month – ask your friends and colleagues to sponsor you.
  • 10,000 STEPS – Get active this spring and take 10,000 steps a day for 30 days. Use your smart phone or watch to keep an eye on your progress. Ask you mates to sponsor your efforts.
  • DOG WALKING – Offer to walk your neighbours and friends’ dogs in return for a donation.
Spring Fundraising Ideas

Bake Off

During lock down we can guarantee that new bakers have appeared amongst our friends and family! Now is the time to put everyone’s skills to the test and get your friends, family and colleagues together for your own Spring Bake Off. Bakers can give money to take part in the competition and people can vote for their favourites by donating. You can also auction off the showstoppers. Perfect for both an online or in person event! With the return of Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off the nation is definitely ready to get baking. #readysteadybake

Spring Fundraising Ideas

Garden Party

The weather is warming up, so get the picnic rugs ready, fire up the barbeque, and throw a garden party. The size of the party will be dependent on the latest set of guidelines from the government. Provide food, drinks and entertainment in exchange for donations. The opportunities with this are event are endless! Hold a themed party. Ask a live band to provide music (lots of new musicians also emerging from lockdown!). Serve food and drinks donated by local restaurants and cafes. Ask local businesses to donate prizes for a raffle, auction or tombola on the big day. Set up a Selfie station. Hold a cake sale. Set up a face painting stand. Play garden games…

Sell tickets prior to the event so you know how much stock is required and how many people will be attending your fundraising event. Upcoming dates that you could take advantage of: The Queen’s Birthday 12th June, National Picnic Week 19th -27th June 2021, National BBQ Week July 2nd – 11th 2021.

Spring Fundraising Ideas

Easter

Easter Sunday this year falls on the 4th of April and it is a cracking time to fundraise! Easter Egg Decorating. Easter bake-offs. Egg and spoon races. Easter flower arrangements. You can even fill a jar with mini eggs, get people to guess how many are in there and ask them to donate. The person with the closest guess wins the jar or a prize (ask local businesses to donate something).  

Easter Egg hunts are also a classic spring time fundraiser, ensure you follow the latest set of guidelines from the government. If your garden is big enough invite everyone round for the hunt in return for a donation. Alternatively, you could speak to local parks and gardens and see if they would support your event and allow it on their property – but do ask first!

Spring Fundraising Ideas

Earth Day

The theme for Earth day on the 22nd of April is “Restore Our Earth”. What a perfect opportunity to join the world’s largest environmental movement and run a fundraising event that can support our local communities and focus on areas that are affected by environmental issues.

Fundraising ideas:

  • TREE PLANTING – Plant new trees and plants in your local community. Get volunteers to join you as planters. Accept donations of seedlings and other plantable items, ideally native plants. If you plant on public property, such as in a park, be sure to get permission from local authorities.
  • PLOGGING / RUBBISH WALK – Set yourself a jogging or walking challenge combined with picking up litter. This will have a positive impact on our environment and our bodies – in other words, it’s an earth-friendly way to get fit. 
  • CLEANUP DAY – Each volunteer gets a roll of rubbish bags, a pair of gloves, and a shovel or rubbish pick, and performs a walking clean-up of a designated area. If you are going on public property, such as in a park, be sure to get permission from local authorities.
  • PLANT A COMMUNITY GARDEN – A community garden can bring a wide range of benefits – from connecting people with each other to growing fresh food to enjoy. Check out the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) website for tips on how to get this up and running.
Spring Fundraising Ideas

Spring Clean

It is officially the start of Spring so there is no better time to have a clear out! With spring cleaning comes an excellent opportunity for online and in-person car boot sales to raise money for your good cause. Create an event page on a neighborhood site, such as Nextdoor, and invite your community to donate and/or buy items.

If you wish to sell online there are a variety of platforms that you can use such as EbayAmazon MarketplaceGumtreeFacebook Marketplace, and Shopify. Please ensure that you clean and disinfect everything before passing them on. Don’t forget to share your listings on social media to help increase awareness of your fundraising events.

Inspiration

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

January 21, 2021
Charity Challenge - Great Wall Discovery

Are you considering what should go next on your bucket list? At Charity Challenge we love nothing more than taking on challenges in locations that allow our challengers to explore inspirational cultural and natural sites around the world, such as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

What is a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

World Heritage Sites are designated by (UNESCO) United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for having cultural, historical, scientific or natural importance. The sites contain “cultural and natural heritage around the world” that are considered to be of “outstanding universal value to humanity and as such, have been inscribed on the World Heritage List to be protected for future generations to appreciate and enjoy”

As of January 2021, there are currently 1,121 UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world. At Charity Challenge we are very lucky to run challenges that visit over 50 of these amazing sites. Unfortunately this blog is not long enough for us to cover all of these so we have pulled together some of our favourites!

How many UNESCO World Heritage Sites have you been to?

Want to tick some more UNESCO World Heritage Sites off your list? Choose your next challenge today!

Inspiration

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (18 – 24 January)

January 20, 2021

It’s Cervical Cancer Prevention Week and we’re supporting Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust because we want you to know where you can get support, the latest information and tips about smear tests.

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust are 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 Cervical Cancer Trust want to see cervical cancer prevented and reduce the impact for everyone affected by cervical cell changes (abnormal cells) and cervical cancer through providing the highest quality information and support, and campaigning for excellence in cervical cancer treatment and prevention.

During Cervical Cancer Prevention Week we want as many people as possible to know how they can reduce their risk of cervical cancer and to educate others.  The last year has been a challenge with lots of things in life becoming more difficult. But one thing hasn’t changed, the importance of cervical screening (smear test). Smear tests are the best protection against cervical cancer, but they aren’t always easy and coronavirus has added additional challenges to attending.

We want to ensure as many people as possible have reliable information and support about smear tests, results and any changes due to the pandemic.

You can get involved by encouraging your family and friends to go to their smear tests if they get invited. If you get invited to make a smear test appointment, that’s because your GP practice has safety measures in place to make it safe. Government guidance says that you are allowed to go, even within the current restrictions across the UK, as cervical screening is a medical appointment.

You can also join in #SmearForSmear all you have to do is follow these simple steps:

  • Smear your lipstick and take a photo. Why? Because it grabs attention
  • Post it on social media using #SmearForSmear and tag us too!
  • Include a message about the importance of smear tests, tell your friends and family where they can access tips and support
  • Ask them to get involved too 
  • Don’t forget to be kind. It can be a really difficult test for lots of people, especially at the moment

Suggested social media post:

Smear tests can prevent cervical cancer but they aren’t always easy, especially right now. I’m supporting (@JoTrust on Twitter and @JosCervicalCancerTrust on Instagram) and #SmearForSmear because I want you to know where to find support, the latest info and tips about #SmearTests. Join in! www.jostrust.org.uk

Jennifer, a nurse, had an abnormal result after her cervical screening appointment when she was 33. She said, “I found waiting for the appointment really difficult.” She turned to the Jo’s Forum for support because “Connecting with people who understand your experiences can be a lifeline.” Read more about Jennifer’s story online here.

Challenge - Trek to Petra

This year, Fabulous Challenges have teamed with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and will be taking a team of trekkers to trek to the Ancient city of Petra!  You can join a number of celebrities including Amber Rose Gill and Scarlett Moffatt on the trek on 13th – 20th November 2021. Register your interest here to join the Fabulous’ Challenge Trek to Petra to help raise life-saving funds for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust!