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Why I’m cycling 362 miles for Barnardo’s

Holyhead to Barnardo’s Village Bike Ride

Martin Duffy will be taking part in The Big Barnardo’s Holyhead to Barnardo’s Village Bike Ride this October and raising over £2,150. He tells us a bit more about why he chose this challenge.

You’ve pledged to take part in the Big Barnardo’s Bike Ride for their 150th anniversary. Tell us more!

Ok, well after a bit of stalling, I’ve picked a fundraising challenge – and now I know there is no backing out! I will be cycling 362 miles from Holyhead to Barkingside this autumn, following the route that Thomas Barnardo took when he arrived in the UK in 1866.

Why have you chosen to raise money for Barnardo’s?

As Head of Fulfilment Operations at Barnardo’s, I have seen first-hand the difference that our services can make to children across the UK. Barnardo’s has been transforming children’s lives for 150 years, and I’m determined to ensure that continues. Last year alone, Barnardo’s worked with 240,000 children, young people and families including offering counselling, fostering and adoption services, and disability support. I feel very privileged to be able to take part in this unique challenge event.

What are you most looking forward to about the challenge?

Seeing the finish line at this stage of my training! I think that it is also the opportunity to take part in an event with like-minded individuals.

If you would like to sponsor Martin you can do so on his Justgiving page.

Feeling inspired yourself? Join Martin on what will be an historic bike ride – find out more.

Burmese New Year

Today Burmese people all around the world start their celebration of their New Year – Thingyan Water Festival. The festival is celebrated over a number of days by people being splashed with water through powerful water pipes, buckets, water guns and anything that you can throw and splash water from. Everyone is a target – except the elderly and the monkeys!

So what’s water got to do with the New Year? Well for the Burmese, water symbolises washing away last year’s bad luck and sins, meaning that the New Year beings pure and clean. Prayers are also observed in the temples, with the temples being washed too, as well as visiting friends, family and the elderly.

It’s a time to forget the past and focus on the future (with the learning of last year’s events of course!). Many make New Year’s Resolutions to better themselves, a bit like us in January (I hope you’ve stuck to yours?!).

So to celebrate Thingyan, we are giving you 16% off the deposit on all Burma challenges (Trek and Bike Ride). Simply quote THINGYAN16 at the time of booking, but hurry as the offer ends on the 18th April 2016, just when the New Years celebrations end too.

Our Operations Manager, Andy Baker, updates us on his recce in Nepal

It has been a difficult year for Nepal, not that you would really know this from the warm greeting that I have received from all of our different ground crews here. In the week that Prince Harry has also made a trip around some of Nepal’s cultural highlights I too have been fortunate enough to spend some time working in collaboration with our ground teams on a couple of new itineraries that Charity Challenge will be running this autumn. Our Poon Hill Himalayan Trek in the Annapurna region, and our Kathmandu Valley Cycle.

First though has been a quick re-connection with an old favourite. Everest Base Camp. Last week 13 intrepid challengers stepped off the plane in Kathmandu to begin their long ascent through the Himalayas towards the iconic Base Camp. This is the first trip that Charity Challenge have run in Nepal since the disasters of 2015 and the trails are still quiet, making it the perfect time to visit.

Our itinerary rather uniquely combines both the authentic ‘teahouse’ experience and the challenge of camping. Meals are served by our kitchen team within the dining room of a local teahouse, whilst nights are spent under canvas just off the trail. The warmth and comfort of a teahouse, combined with the incredible vistas provided by unzipping your tent in the morning to a panorama of snow capped peaks. This is a fairly unique way to run this itinerary, and judging by the group who are still currently making their way to Base Camp, a very enjoyable way to do this trek.

Nepal has faced a tough year and we are delighted to have been able to start sending groups again and give local people some much needed work. With the creation of a couple of new itineraries hopefully even more people will get to sample this fantastic country soon.

As for me, well I am back in Kathmandu putting the finishing touches to the rest of my itinerary. A few days cycling in the Kathmandu Valley, followed by a trek to Poon Hill for views stretching off across to Annapurna. Not even Prince Harry can top that!

Andy Baker
UK Operations Manager

20% off all open challenge deposits – Hop to it!

The Easter Bunny has been let loose and is giving away 20% off the deposit on all open challenges*! Yes that’s right, book on any of our ‘open challenges’ before 31st March 2016 and quote HOP16 at the time of booking to get your Easter surprise!

There are so many exciting challenges to choose from, but if you’re a little stuck, let us help you!

Amazon Jungle Survivor Challenge

Be up for the ultimate jungle experience in the world’s largest rainforest and be the first Charity Challenge group to conquer the forest extremes in 2017? You will be trekking through the depths of the Amazon jungle in search of wildlife, dolphin and caiman spotting from canoes, developing your fishing skills in order to catch your dinner and sleeping in hammocks encompassed by the night sounds of the wilderness. What more could you want?! Click here for more information.

Cycle Burma

Enjoy the remoteness of this challenge! Cycle approximately 330kms of Burma’s rural countryside, from the former royal capital Mandalay to Inle Lake. Pedalling through the itinerary, expect to soak up spectacular sunsets over the ancient city of Bagan and pass remote villages in untouched corners. Click here for more information.

Kilimanjaro Trek: October 2016 a sell out!

Due to overwhelming demand, we have launched a new open Kilimanjaro (Lemosho Route) Trek this year in October 2016.  A magnificent mountain, that takes pride and stands tall in Africa. On many bucket lists, Mt Kilimanjaro is a must and this could be your chance. Click here for more information.

Want something slightly close to home?

Want to do a challenge, but not so far away or not over so many days? Then fear not, as we have a fantastic range of UK challenges which are proving to be very popular.  How about a 2 day trek in the Lake District tackling five of England’s most demanding peaks or a 140 mile bike ride from the Cumbrian coast to the North Sea? Even better, how about a multi activity challenge? Trek, cycle and kayak in Snowdonia National Park over 2 days! Who said the UK doesn’t offer physically and mentally challenging adventures? Let’s embrace the Great British outdoors!

More challenges

We have over 30 different challenges with almost 200 departures, so if any of the above challenges are not quite your cup of tea, click here to find the right challenge for you!

Follow us on Instagram

Did you know that we are now on Instagram as well as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn? Follow us at charity.challenge to find out what we’re up to, the latest promotions and just to view some fabulous images of our challenges!

LEAP ahead this year…

It’s not only the Olympics or World Cup that happens once every four years… Let your adventurous streak get the better of you, and sign up to a new challenge event this 29th February. For one day only Charity Challenge is offering you 20% off your challenge deposit!

Enter code LEAP16 during registration and you will get 20% off your trip deposit.

Sign up to trek the beautiful Great Wall of China for £300 (instead of the usual £375), or register for the classic London to Paris bike ride this September for only £125 (instead of the usual £155).

But be quick, offer is valid on 29th February 2016 only.

Get 20% off your trip deposit this Leap Year!

Get 20% off your trip deposit this Leap Year!

*excludes North Pole challenge, DeutscheBank Autistic China challenge and Memusi Kilimanjaro challenge.

Responsible Gambling Trust summit Kilimanjaro

A team of ambitious fundraisers from the Responsible Gambling Trust have climbed their way to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. All thirty trekkers scaled the mountain and reached the summit, raising funds to help minimise gambling-related harm in the UK.

Fundraisers from William Hill, Coral, Genting UK, Praesepe, SG Gaming, The Bingo Association and Inspired Gaming were all represented on the challenge, and the Responsible Gambling Trust are already underway with organising their next challenge; a trek to Machu Picchu.

Congratulations everyone!


Happy Chinese New Year

Monday 8th February marks the celebration of the Chinese New Year, and we’re offering 20% off ALL China challenge deposits, for a limited time only.

Sign up to trek the Great Wall with Charity Challenge between now and 9th February 2016, and you will get £75 off your deposit. Simply enter MONKEY16 at the time of registering.


Chinese New Year Special Offer-2

20% off challenge deposits

NEWYEAR16 at the time of booking.

NEWYEAR16 at the time of booking.

20% OFF ALL TRIP DEPOSITS* Choose your challenge and sign up to a trip of a lifetime this month and receive 20% off your deposit. Whether you’re tempted to trek the Great Wall of China or cycle from London to Paris, we have the perfect event for you! Select your challenge and enter NEWYEAR16 during the booking process to receive 20% off your deposit.

* Offer ends 31st January 2016. Excludes North Pole and UK events.

A Grand Day Out for the Cumbria Flood Appeal

Tom Rumsey and his friends wanted to do something to help support the flood victims in Cumbria. Volunteers were quick to get involved, and soon ‘A Grand Day Out’ was well underway!

On 16th January 2016, over 800 people took part in fell runs, mountain hikes, bike rides and more to raise money and show the nation that the Lake District is still open for business. The most popular place was the snowy scene at Askham Trail Run where 400 runners and a few four-legged friends took to the hills.

Originally setting out to raise £10,000 for the Cumbria Flood Appeal, the group smashed their target and have currently raised over £20,450 – with more donations still coming in!

To see the pictures and find out how you can be involved with the next event, check out Cumbria Grand Day Out on Facebook.

Two-legged and four-legged outdoor enthusiasts took part in the snowy run near Askham.

Two-legged and four-legged outdoor enthusiasts took part in the snowy run near Askham.

A Grand Day Out was held to raise money for the flood victims of Cumbria.

A Grand Day Out was held to raise money for the flood victims of Cumbria.

Amanda climbs the Great Wall for Diabetes UK

Last October, Amanda Croall took on the Great Wall of China to raise money for Diabetes UK. Amanda’s challenge was a celebration of courage, strength and spirit as it marked 25 years since her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.

Amanda and her friends raised an astonishing £23,000 for Diabetes UK, and you can see the highlights of Amanda’s inspiring trip in her video.

Amanda and her friends tackled the Great Wall of China for Diabetes UK in October 2015

Amanda (second from right) and her friends tackled the Great Wall of China for Diabetes UK