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Twelve Fundraising Tips For Christmas

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

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 nose 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 £1 to enter, and give a prize to whoever gets the nose the closest.

3. Last hour’s pay
As a gesture of generosity, ask your colleagues or friends to donate their last hour of pay for 2018. It’s simple and straightforward, which many will appreciate during a busy and hectic holiday season.

4. Host a gift wrapping party
There are many people who enjoy wrapping presents – but there are also many people who would pay someone to do it for them, especially for a good cause! Offer your wrapping skills in return for a donation.

Christmas presents, merry Christmas tag

5. Christmas Cookies Bake Off
Bake some melting snowmen or reindeer cupcakes and hold a bake sale to raise some money for your fundraising target. Or host a festive Bake Off in your office or local village hall, charge £10 entry with the winner getting a 50/50 split of the entry fees.

6. Karaoke carols
Who doesn’t love blasting out some classic winter hits? Whether you’re Dreaming of a White Christmas or wanting to channel your inner-Slade, host a festive Karaoke night and have a good sing-a-long!

7. Letters from Santa
Christmas is a special time of year for everyone, but especially for young children. Help your friends with children make this a memorable Christmas by offering to ‘impersonate’ Santa. In return for a donation (we suggest £10), you can send a personalised letter to their child. The look on the child’s face when they receive it will be priceless.

santa writing naughty and nice list

8. Festive fivers
Ask everyone to write their name on a five pound note. Pop them all in a hat (preferably a Santa one) and pick out a winner! You can then split the pot 50/50 between the lucky winner and the rest goes towards your fundraising target.

9. Festive movie-thon
Grab some popcorn, get comfortable and organise back-to-back viewings of some of your favourite Christmas movies. If you don’t want your aunt’s neighbour’s children all piling in to your living room, host the event in a community hall and borrow a projector for the day.

10. Golden cracker
Buy some crackers and insert a ‘golden ticket’ in to one. Charge £2 per cracker, and the lucky winner of the ticket wins a prize!

11. Festive Fancy Dress
Whether it’s a dress down day at work, or a pub crawl around your local town, charge £3 for each person who turns up in a festive outfit (and double it for those who don’t)!

dog in Christmas scarf for fundraising tips

(Even good boys get charged when dressed for Christmas)

12. New Years Eve cocktail night
Mulled wine, sparkling fizz… need we say more? Dress to impress and encourage your friends to family to contribute towards your fundraising target.

If you haven’t yet booked your challenge, but are ready to put these ideas into practice, check out Charity Challenge for more details on the incredible challenges available.

5 reasons why trekking the Sahara Desert is an incredible experience

Why trek the Sahara Desert?

Is it to conquer the world’s largest hot desert? To try delicious Moroccan cuisine? Or to spend your nights under Africa’s star strewn skies?

Sahara Desert Group trek

Charity Challenge’s Adventure Travel Consultant, Alex, recently completed the Sahara Desert Trek. Here are the top reasons why she found it an unforgettable experience:

You really experience getting ‘off the grid’ – The Sahara Desert Trek is a real chance to escape everyday life and fully immerse yourself in the challenge. There is no Wi-Fi from the moment you leave the hotel and signal can be patchy as well. At some points you really feel like you are the only ones in the desert. This may sound horrifying to many of us, but Alex and her fellow trekkers said it was definitely one of the highlights of the trip!

Charity Challenge group trekking across the Sahara Desert There are lots of opportunities to interact with local Berbers and nomads – one of the best thing about the Sahara Desert Trek is the chance to speak to locals. The entire trek support team, including the leader, are Berbers and have in depth knowledge of the area. Whilst not all of them speak English, you can still communicate through smiles and the team will always be on hand to help you with anything you need. Local nomadic families also visit the camp to sell soft drinks and small gifts which you can take home to friends and family.

The night sky – this challenge will give you the chance to see some of the best stars/night time scenery you’ll ever see. The lack of light pollution in the desert means that there is nothing blocking your panoramic views of the stars. Prepare to be wowed! Your local guide will be able to point out constellations and watch out for those shooting stars – remember to make a wish!!

The outstanding scenery – the ever changing terrain and vistas of the Sahara desert will provide an incredible backdrop to your challenge. From the vivid sunrises and sunsets, to the seemingly never-ending plateaus, or climbing over mighty sand dunes and Jubels (Arabic for mountain) there really is something for everyone. The Sahara makes the perfect backdrop for those Instagram worthy photos, although we recommend putting down the camera and taking 5 minutes to soak up the views. Plus, some friendly Moroccan camels will accompany you on your trip. The perfect chance for a selfie!

Charity Challenge group trekking across the Sahara Desert A chance to make new friends – participants on recent Sahara Desert Treks all agree meeting a new group of like-minded people and spending the week with them was an absolute highlight of the trip. Experiencing a challenge together is a definite bonding experience and you will hopefully come away from the challenge having met some wonderful people who can be your trek buddies for life!

What are you waiting for? Book now to secure your spot on the Sahara Desert Trek for 2019.

Top UK Challenges for 2019

Doing anything next summer? How about trying some of the best UK Challenges like an adventure challenge through the Lake District? What about cycling from coast to coast? Tacking England’s most demanding peaks? Hiking Mt. Snowdon at night?

More than ever, many of us are embracing tough challenges. Perhaps we’re sick of gyms, or the lure of switching off in nature is too much in these hyper connected days? Either way, there’s a number of exciting UK challenges designed to push physical and mental limits in some of the UK’s most incredible national parks. Whatever your cause, here’s the UK’s best challenges for you to embrace next summer.

1. Snowdon triple challenge
This exciting yet grueling multi-activity challenge will pit you against the spectacular landscapes of Snowdonia National Park, Wales.
Physically and mentally demanding, the Snowdon Triple Challenge will see you cycle 10.5 miles along the shores of Llanberis Lake, passing some incredible landscapes as you head towards Llyn Cwellyn.
Swapping bikes for boots, begin the ascent of Wales’ highest summit, Mt. Snowdon. Starting with a gentle climb, the hiking soon turns challenging. The views from the top of Snowdon are absolutely worth it, and weather permitting you’ll be able to take in views across the British Isles. You might be tempted to bail out at this point, but push through the final 2.5 mile kayak across Llyn Padam (Llanderis Lake) before a well-earned celebration.
This is definitely a challenge for those wanting to push their physical limits. Book your place today.

2. Lake District Triple Challenge
Another incredible full day challenge incorporating trekking, biking and kayaking, the Lake District Triple Challenge is definitely not for those afraid of a real physical test.
The challenge kicks off with a hike to the summit of Old Man of Coniston, standing 803m high. Take in the Lake District views before setting off for a 12km mountain bike ride through Grizedale forest. The ascent is a lung buster, but riding the famous forest trails is a heap of fun.
Descending back into Coniston, the final leg starts – the kayak. 1.5kms later you’re finished, exhausted but elated.

3. Lake District 5 peaks challenge
Five peaks in a day? Sounds easy, right?! Maybe not.
Be prepared for an exhausting but energising journey through the rugged Lake District landscapes.
Hike over 14 miles, and tackle five of England’s tallest and most demanding peaks, including England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike. Overall, you’ll climb over 3000 feet on the day, crossing crags and moorland before finishing the day in the Langdale Valley. Don’t miss out for 2019, book your place today.

4. National three peaks challenge
Considered one of Britain’s toughest outdoor challenges, the National Three Peaks takes in the dizzying heights of Scotland’s Ben Nevis, England’s Scafell Pike, and Wales’ Mt. Snowdon in a weekend.
The challenge kicks off with the ascent of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles at 1,344m. It’s a steep climb, and despite only being a 10 mile hike, the challenge is real and the journey takes around six hours. Fortunately, the views from the top are astonishing and make the aches and pains worth it.
Next up is Scafell Pike, England’s largest peak and another steep, tough ascent. You’ll summit and descend in darkness, making this leg of the challenge the toughest.
The final peak, Snowdon, will test your mental and physical limits after and long day and night of hiking. Draw on the final reserves of energy and make a push to the final summit, before taking in the incredible views from the peak – some of the best in the British Isles. It’s a slow walk down, as the legs will ache, but the elation of completing this challenge will make it all worth it.

Push the limits and challenge yourself next summer on one of our exciting UK Challenges.

Work for us: Charity & Corporate Account Executive

Due to the exciting expansion of our valuable client list, a new opportunity has arisen for a passionate and customer focused professional to join one of the UK’s leading international adventure travel and event management companies for the charity sector as their Account Executive.

Based in London, the successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day management of a selection of Charity Challenge’s corporate, charity and private group clients. You will be responsible for managing relationships with these clients and building long-term mutually beneficial partnerships. The goal is to retain clients long-term and develop their challenge event programme to meet with their needs and objectives.

You will possess outstanding customer service skills and a passion for adventure tourism & events, the third sector and innovative business solutions. We value executives who are zealous about growing existing accounts and identifying roadblocks and obstacles to increasing business. You will be creative and helpful with suggested tailored solutions to common account problems. Dedicated to growing the business and facilitating smooth connections between our clients and our internal departments.

For more information, please see the Job Description.

To apply please send your CV and cover letter detailing why you would be suitable for the role to susan@charitychallenge.com. Applications close on 12th January 2018 and a competitive salary will be offered based on experience.

Work for us: Digital Marketing & Communications Manager

Due to some exciting new developments, an excellent opportunity has arisen for a creative and ambitious marketer to join one of the UK’s leading international adventure travel and event management companies for the charity sector as their Digital Marketing & Communications Manager.

Based in London, the successful candidate will be responsible for the promotion and engagement of the company’s high profile international and national challenge events for the charity and corporate markets. Working across creative, data, digital and sales together with being responsible for implementing our video strategy, new CRM and online review platform you will be highly motivated and driven to work for a reputable brand that keeps growing.

The role is an all-encompassing one; the primary responsibility of the Digital Marketing & Communications Manager will be to lead the implementation of our digital marketing strategy and ensure growth by delivering results against KPIs. The Marketing Manager will be given the freedom to make the role as large, creative and exciting as they want, working both autonomously and as part of a talented team.

For more information please see the Job Description.

To apply please send your CV and cover letter detailing why you would be suitable for the role to susan@charitychallenge.com. Applications close on 12th January 2018 and a competitive salary will be offered based on experience.

Meet the team: Alex Crouch

Alex Crouch joined Charity Challenge as our Adventure Travel Consultant and looks after all the important administrative processes within the company, including online registrations, insurance policies and group bookings. Alex plays a vital role in the delivery of Charity Challenge’s national and international expeditions, and is integral to the smooth running of the team. We grabbed five minutes with Alex, to find out about her background and what she enjoys most about her job…

Name: Alex Crouch

Location: London, UK

How long have you been working at Charity Challenge?
Two months – and it’s gone so fast!

Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did before joining Charity Challenge?
I grew up in London and started my career working in the ski industry, selling ski holidays all over the world and getting to explore plenty of destinations across the Alps. I was looking for a way to explore a larger variety of countries, and Charity Challenge seemed like the perfect place to do that. I’ve also had experience working in the charity sector at Save the Children, so Charity Challenge was the perfect place to combine my love of charity work and adventure travel.

What’s your favourite Charity Challenge expedition?
There are so many challenges that look incredible, and I’m hoping to sample one soon! I’d love to go to countries such as Burma or Kyrgyzstan which are less traveled and provide a real sense of adventure.

How many countries have you visited?
I’ve been lucky enough to explore at least 30 countries so far – and there’s so many more to discover!

Where’s next on your list of travel destinations?
I’d absolutely love to go to Oman – it’s right next door to Dubai, but still has so much mystery about it. Charity Challenge have recently launched their Oman Mountain Trek, which looks demanding but equally rewarding. The harsh climate and tough terrain would provide a real sense of achievement at the end!

What’s your favourite cuisine?
Italian if we’re close to home, or South East Asian (Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese… it’s all delicious!)

What three things can’t you live without?
A photo-taking device, my skis and food – not for survival reasons, I just love cooking and eating different food!

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself…
When I was younger, I was in a documentary about babies. They took me to the zoo…

Meet the team: Mark Borton

Mark Borton is Charity Challenge’s Marketing Manager, and responsible for managing and maintaining the website, delivering our social media strategy, all-things digital analytics related and planning our marketing campaigns. We sat down with him for five minutes to find out more about what inspires him…

Name: Mark Borton

Location: London, UK

How long have you been working at Charity Challenge?
Only six weeks so far – but so far so good!

Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did before joining Charity Challenge?
I’m originally from Melbourne, Australia, where I spent most of my life. Prior to arriving in the UK, I worked for the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Australia, managing their marketing and advertising. However, my partner and I had always dreamed of something different, so two years ago we quit our jobs and travelled around the world. We ended up in London a year ago and haven’t looked back since. London is a place I’ve always wanted to live.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Being part of a small team means I’ve got greater responsibility than ever before. Previously, I was a small cog in a big team – now, I’m a big cog in a small team. It’s also great to see tangible results and know you had a large part to play in the success.

How many countries have you visited?
At least 40+. I’ve been very fortunate and travelled from an early age.

What’s your favourite Charity Challenge expedition, and why?
I’m interested in off-the-beaten-track destinations, and Madagascar fascinates me. Hopefully, fingers crossed, I’ll be able to explore the country one day.

What advice would you give someone who is looking to do a Charity Challenge?
Enjoy the experience! It’s not a holiday – but the reward for completing something you’ve worked hard to achieve is far better than any relaxing holiday on the beach can provide. You’ll make new friends, experience something incredible, and no doubt be an inspiration to those around you. And that’s pretty cool.

What’s your favourite continental cuisine?
I really can’t look past authentic Italian food. It’s so simple, yet brilliant. That being said, I do find Indian, Portuguese, Moroccan and Thai food completely delicious!

What 3 things can’t you live without?
I probably couldn’t live without my camera, which is always attached to my arm. I should probably mention my partner here, so I’ll add her in! And, finally, the ability to travel and explore. Life wouldn’t be complete without any of those three.

What would your autobiography be called?
I did it my way.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I was the Australian 50m freestyle champion when I was 14 years old…

Work For Us: Marketing Manager

Due to expansion of the team, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a creative and ambitious marketer to join one of the UK’s leading international and national adventure travel and event management companies for the charity sector as their Marketing Manager.

Based in London, the successful candidate will be responsible for the promotion and engagement of the company’s high profile international and national challenge events for the charity and corporate markets. Working across creative, data, digital and sales together with being responsible for our video strategy, you will be highly motivated and driven to work for a reputable brand that keeps on growing.

The role is an all-encompassing one; the primary responsibility of the Marketing Manager will be to own and lead the strategic digital marketing plan for our events and ensure growth by delivering results against KPIs. The Marketing Manager will be given the freedom to make the role as large, creative and exciting as they want, working both autonomously and as part of a very talented team.

For more information please see the Job Description.

To apply please send your CV and cover letter detailing why you would be suitable for the role to susan@charitychallenge.com. Applications close on 4th September 2017 and a competitive salary will be offered based on experience.

Packing hints and tips for overseas adventures

Packing for an overseas expedition, particularly if it’s your first one, can be a challenge in itself. Thankfully we’ve picked up lots of advice over the years, when it comes to packing effectively. Erika, our Charity Account Manager, shares some of her top tips to make packing your kit as easy as possible…

USE YOUR KIT LIST
Every expedition has a suggested kit list, which outlines everything you need to bring for that particular challenge. Use this to ensure that you have everything you need to be able to complete your challenge, and tick items off when you’ve bought them and packed them.

ENSURE YOUR KIT IS CLEAN AND DRY BEFORE YOU START PACKING
Your clothing should be clean and dry, and footwear should be cleaned properly in advance too. Don’t place muddy trainers in your rucksack next to your clearn clothing (place them inside a carrier bag to protect your clothes from any dirty marks).

TAKE EAR PLUGS AND AN EYE-MASK
Whilst these are useful for any long-haul/overnight flights, they’re also handy to have if you happen to be staying in a noisy campsite or hostel. It’s important to try and get a good night’s rest and some decent zZzzs when taking on physically adventurous challenges.

ROLL, ROLL, ROLL (DON’T FOLD)
Rolling clothing takes up less space then folding clothes, and also prevents creasing.

MAXIMISE EVERY BIT OF SPACE
Fill every bit of unused space within your rucksack. Pack socks, tops and other small items inside trainers and shoes to utilise all the space.

WEAR YOUR HIKING BOOTS ON THE PLANE
Don’t pack your walking footwear in your luggage that is getting checked in to the plane’s hold. Whilst we rarely have any lost luggage disruptions, the last thing you will want to do is lose your well-worn-in, trusty walking boots if your main baggage goes missing.

PACK A BUFF AND/OR BANDANA
Whether you’re going somewhere hot and humid, or icy and cold, a buff or bandana will provide you with a variety of uses. In warm climates, you can wear it as a sweat band on your wrist to wipe away perspiration, or to tie your hair up and keep it off your neck/back. In cooler regions, you can wear it around your neck/face to provide extra warmth or as an extra layer under your hat for added protection from the cold.

FIND A HANGING TOILETRIES BAG
Sometimes washing/showering facilities aren’t always functional, so pack a toiletries bag that has a hook so you can hang it on a door or rail.

‘SOCK AND STUFF’ YOUR (DAILY) OUTFIT
(1) Lay all your clothing out for the day.
(2) Place on top of each other in a neat line.
(3) Roll clothing in to a very tight roll
(4) Stuff rolled clothing inside sock
(5) Grab a pair of socks, which will contain your entire day’s worth of clothing

 

Hopefully these packing tips will give you some useful ideas on how to pack for your upcoming expedition. If you have any other queries related to your kit, or packing, please don’t hesitate to contact the Operations Team who will be able to offer you some advice.

Work for us: Operations Manager – Americas & Indian Continents

Be part of an award winning UK based travel company which specialises in organising overseas challenge events in support of charity organisations.

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Charity Challenge is looking for an experienced, passionate, and commercially minded Operations Manager to join their highly driven, ambitious and dynamic operations team.  With your primary focus being on safety and risk management as well as improving and maintaining excellent standards of quality and customer experience, you will manage around 10 different itineraries with 40+ departures throughout the Americas and India.

Ideally you will have previous group/charity tour operation and adventure travel experience and knowledge of principles of safety and risk management. Knowledge of adventure travel in the Americas (North and Latin) and India would also be highly desirable yet not an essential pre-requisite.

For more information, please see the Job Description.

To apply please email your CV together with a covering letter outlining your relevant experience, skills and abilities which match the requirements of the role to Holmes Rogers at holmes@charitychallenge.com