Ramblers put their best foot forward for the Fieldfare Challenge
This summer young people across the country have been summoned to dig out their hiking boots, polish their compasses and navigate their way to the countryside.
Their challenge is the Fieldfare Challenge. And this is no walk in the park.
Embracing the great outdoors, come rain or shine and in true British fashion, the challengers will be tackling a range of activities including rope walking, orienteering and canoeing, all organised by the Fieldfare Trust.
An inclusive national outdoor competition for teenagers, with and without disabilities, the Fieldfare Challenge is a unique opportunity for young people to gain new experiences, push their personal boundaries and learn about themselves.
The Fieldfare Trust works with people with disabilities and countryside managers to improve access to the countryside for everyone. Using a variety of initiatives, such as the Fieldfare Challenge, the trust aims to encourage young people to get active in the countryside.
The Fieldfare Challenge has been running for an incredible 27 years. During that time it has provided life enhancing and life changing experiences for thousands of young people. However, without ongoing funds and financial support, Fieldfare may not be able to stage this year’s final.
The challenge does not have formal sponsorship and relies on the generosity of donors. Scores of young people have been battling it out to secure their place in the final. For some, this has been the most challenging and rewarding experience of their lives.
However, without urgent funding, they won’t be able to see their hard work and training come to fruition.
For Keith Dickens, long standing volunteer and now trustee, having a free fundraising platform is vital to the staging of the finals.
He said: “The Fieldfare Challenge chose MyDonate as there are no charges to use, which means that the charity gets all the donations that are made, also the ease of use and MyDonate claims back the Gift Aid on our behalf.”