Some of you are real thrill seekers, we know! You’re looking for the excitement of achieving something special when you raise money for charity. Extreme challenges fundraising really takes it to the next level in more ways than one. Sometimes, seeing how far you can push yourself is part of the journey when you’re fundraising for a cause you feel strongly about. And it will show in the donations. People love to get behind a friend or colleague who’s prepared to take on something they wouldn’t do themselves – the more impressive it is, the bigger the fundraising pot will get!
If you’re searching for a challenge that puts your mind and body to the test; take it to the extreme. Many people show commitment to a charity by doing something completely out of the norm; an activity that requires extreme determination and motivation to complete.
Why not set yourself apart from the rest with an extreme challenge? It’s a great way to raise awareness for a cause you’re passionate about and increase donations. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
If David Walliams can swim for miles, so can you. Don your prettiest swim cap and take to the lochs and docks of Windermere, Alton Water and Salford, all in the name of charity. The Great Swim is an amazing challenge that caters to all abilities, from beginner to Olympic athlete. With 4 distances to choose from, there are options to suit all goals/ levels of fitness.
As the UK’s largest open water swimming event, it’s their duty to ensure the safest environment for your swim (with lots of lovely scenery along the way!) Over 20,000 fundraisers signed up in 2013 – why not get involved? The registration fee is £21 and you’re free to raise money for whoever you choose. Held throughout the UK, June to August; discover more about the Great Swim here>.
A popular choice for many extreme challenge enthusiasts is Tough Mudder. Created by British Special Forces, Tough Mudder offers a series of near-impossible challenges designed to push your body to the absolute limit. With obstacles that involve jumping over 12 foot high walls, clinging onto cliffs and freezing in ice baths; it isn’t a walk in the park.
Reports suggest that due to its difficulty, 22% of participants fail to make it to the finish line. Think you’ve got what it takes? It costs from £75 to enter, and everyone who raises £120 for Help for Heroes receives a £20 refund on their entry fee. But there’s nothing stopping you raising cash for a charity you care about too. Read all about it, here.
Snowdon Moonlight Challenge
For an extreme challenge packed with incredible sights and scenery, try the Snowdon Moonlight Challenge. This trek takes you to the dizzy heights of 1,085m (3,560ft) above sea level, promising unmissable views that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Run by the NSPCC at the start of September, it’s the perfect challenge for those with a love of the great outdoors. If you’re looking for a new adventure, check out the Mount Snowdon Moonlight Charity Challenge. It’s £29 to register, with a minimum £350 sponsorship fee. Good luck!