Introduction to UK charity adventures

Take on a UK fundraising challenge

Every year, more and more varied opportunities are offered in the UK by charities. Whether you’re looking to run, walk, cycle, swim, jump out of an aeroplane at 10,000 feet or go backwards off a tall building, one of the charities will have what you’re looking for.

Virtually all of them offer a running program and this is a great way to start a relationship with your chosen charity. If you’re looking to do the Virgin Money London Marathon in April or a half marathon like the Great North Run in September, you’ll find that the charities are the ideal option.

The most popular walk, if you can call it that, offered by the charities is the famous Three Peaks Challenge. Taking in the highest peaks of Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon), the challenge is to do all three in less than 24 hours! In total there is more than 2,700 feet to climb and 41km to walk, so the fitter you are the more you’ll enjoy it. Anyone can have a go but the more you can train before you go, the more you’ll get out of it.

If cycling is more your thing, many of the charities offer organised rides throughout the summer all over the UK. There are rides from London to Brighton, London to Southend-on-Sea, Chester to Liverpool through the Mersey Tunnel, and many, many more. In most cases you have to pay an entry fee to take part and anything you can raise on top of that is a bonus, although targets will often be set by the organisers.

For more of an adrenaline rush why not consider a tandem skydive or an abseil? Both activities are extremely popular and guarantee a day you will never forget. Skydives take place all over the UK. You’ll receive a thorough briefing beforehand and then, attached to an experienced instructor, you’ll jump out of the plane at 10,000 feet for the experience of a lifetime. You’ll fly for the first few seconds at 120mph and then suddenly all will go quiet as the canopy is pulled!

Abseils also take place all over the UK, off all sorts of tall buildings. Office blocks, shopping centres and municipal buildings have all seen big charity abseils with no shortage of people wanting to have a go. Just like skydives, you can take part in an abseil by agreeing to raise a pre-agreed level of sponsorship.

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