In a rather large nutshell…
We currently have challenges in more than 30 countries worldwide in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Americas and the Arctic.
The types of challenge we offer are equally varied. You can push yourself to the limits by trekking, mountain climbing, cycling, dog sledding, sky diving, kayaking, white water rafting, skiing or getting your hands dirty on a community challenge.
You can join any one of our open challenges (of which there are more than a hundred), and raise money for ANY UK or Irish registered charity as long as you have their permission. We represent thousands of charities large and small.
Charity Challenge leads the market in terms of responsible operation. We ensure that the local communities in the host country benefit directly from our challenges. All of our expeditions create employment, contribute to the local economy and inject funds into vital community projects.
Our portfolio incorporates ten different types of activity, over 30 countries, three levels of difficulty (challenging, tough and extreme), three payment options, a wide range of challenge durations and more than 120 departure dates every month of the year.
Our company is made up of people who have trekked, climbed, biked and built, fundraised, organised and led challenges around the world. Whether its choosing the right challenge before booking, helping you to achieve your fundraising goal, getting you fit before departure, or helping you on the challenge itself, we provide a massive amount of support in order to help you make the most of this incredible experience.
Over the years, we have represented thousands of individuals, groups, companies and organisations. We have worked with companies including Tesco, Accenture, KPMG, Credit Suisse, Lloyds TSB, HBOS and Saatchi and Saatchi. We have worked on media projects with the BBC, ITV2, GMTV, the Daily Mirror and News of the World. And we have worked with numerous high profile individuals including Gary Barlow, Cheryl Cole, Alexandra Burke, Denise Van Outen, Fearne Cotton, Martina Navratilova, Alesha Dixon, Chris Moyles, Ben Shephard, Ronan Keating and Kimberley Walsh.
We provide extensive information to help you prepare for the challenge including detailed itinerary, kit list, country fact file, frequently asked questions, health notes and travel tips, high altitude notes, fundraising support, fitness training, responsible travel, travel insurance and much more.
We are 100% transparent about challenge costs, who pays what and when, how much is funded by the individual and how much by the charity. This is very important especially when fundraising and a proportion of the funds raised is to be used to fund the challenge. Do ask other operators to confirm if there are any hidden costs and you might be surprised to find large costs like the fuel elements of air taxes (could be more than £300) not included! We are totally clear about what’s included and what is not.
Your medical details will be screened by our chief medical officer who will speak to you about any conditions which they feel may cause you an issue on your specific challenge (i.e. at altitude). On the challenge you will be supported by first aid trained expedition leaders and on many challenges a doctor too.
insurance: The specialist comprehensive travel insurance that we offer will cover you for medical emergency, evacuation and repatriation, and provide cover for the specific nature of the challenges whether high altitude trekking or manual labour on an international NGO’s building site. The insurance exclusively also protects your charity for any contribution they may make towards your challenge costs
This is not just a physical challenge. You will have the opportunity to experience new cultures – from the Maasai in Northern Tanzania to the Karen hill tribe in Thailand, and as our group sizes are amongst the smallest in the industry you are likely to experience more genuine interactions with local communities.
fundraising: As well as the support you will receive through your charity, we provide fundraising advice and an A-Z of fundraising ideas, hard copy sponsorship forms, access to many online fundraising websites and a sample press release to help you with the fundraising challenge.
Once you have booked, you will receive access to your own secure members’ area where you can download all of the relevant challenge information required, but also sponsorship forms, fundraising ideas, fitness training programme, details of fitness training weekends, contact details of others in your group (subject to data protection), insurance details, optional extension details, visa application notes, emergency contact details, reminders and much more.