November 13th, 2018
If you fancy a walk with a difference this year then why not try one of the many charity challenges organised? Beat your fitness goals and raise money for a good cause.
There was a time when charities relied on volunteers shaking money tins outside supermarkets to raise precious funds, but these days charities across the country are taking a more adventurous approach to fundraising. So called “charity challenges” are increasingly popular, both with charities and the fundraisers themselves. From trekking the length of the Great Wall of China to a bungee jump in New Zealand, the options for fundraising challenges are seemingly endless.
Of course, with the stunning scenery and mighty hills of Wales there’s no need to go half way across the world to take part in a fundraising challenge; there are plenty to choose from closer to home.
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One charity that organises hundreds of fundraising challenges every year is the British Red Cross, and Community Fundraiser Gladys McCrea tells us more about them.
“Trek Snowdon is a popular challenge for us. It started in 2013 and we had over 150 people taking part. It is a fantastic walk to the top of the highest mountain in Wales, with breathtaking scenery along the route. From the summit, on a clear day, you can see beyond Anglesey to Ireland” says Gladys.
“Or there’s the Trek North Wales challenge, a twenty six mile trek along Offa’s Dyke from Ruthin to the coastal town of Prestatyn. It takes in some of the most beautiful scenery in North Wales, and a climb to the top of the highest peak in the Clwydian Range, Moel Famau. The aim is to complete the walk within 12 hours, and has attracted walkers from all over the country.”
And new for the Red Cross this year is the Red Shoe Walk, across the Severn Bridge. At six miles, it may not seem as challenging as some of the other events, but every fundraiser is unique, says Gladys, and the Red Shoe Walk is a great event for families and large groups.
“People are setting themselves more personal challenges,” explains Gladys, “and walking long distances or climbing mountains pushes them to reach their goals. The challenges are hugely important as a major fundraising opportunity in the local community. They give people the chance to take on a personal challenge while raising money for good causes” she says.
According to Gladys, the Red Cross challenges are taken on by a huge variety of people.
“There is definitely no particular type of person, they come from all walks of life, and all ages,” says Gladys. “There are people who take on a different Red Cross challenge each year, entire families come along to spend time together, and people for whom the Red Cross has played an important part in their life and want to give something back.”
Fancy a challenge?
So if we’ve inspired you to don your walking boots and take on a walking challenge for charity this year, then it’s time to get training. It doesn’t matter whether you undertake a three day hike or a four mile stroll, the important thing is that it’s a personal challenge that will capture your imagination and push your limits.
And perhaps most importantly, “enjoy!” smiles Gladys McCrea. “Our community fundraisers love being involved with the events in their area and will be available to give support and encouragement from the moment you sign up. Set yourself the challenge of one event this year and see what a difference it can make”.
For more information on 2019 challenges from the Red Cross, visit https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising-and-events