This year we are launching our second set of extreme overseas challenges for you to take part in. These offer you the chance to take a trip of a lifetime, and an adventure into a far flung corner of the earth. At the same time, the money you raise in sponsorship for your overseas challenge will help North Devon Hospice care for local patients and families in our own community.
All the details for these challenges can be found by clicking on the pictures above. If you would like to talk more about any of these adventures (such as how the process works, how we can help you with your fundraising etc.) then please call Jenny Richardson in our fundraising team on 01271 347204, or email JennyRichardson@northdevonhospice.org.uk.
Don't be daunted by hitting your fundraising target. There is loads of support available to you and we will be there to help you every step of the way. Read our fundraising pack for some great ideas to get you started.
If you want to know what it will feel like to complete one of these once-in-a-lifetime treks, to feel the eurphoria that goes with it, just read these words from Valerie Lambeth. She recently completed a trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro in aid of the hospice, and here she gives an insight into the emotions that come with such an experience...
When you tell people that you are going to climb Kilimanjaro they say "wow","good luck" "are you mad?" and so on. Everyone thinks it's going to be a hard physical challenge, but unless you have been there you can't possibly know what it does to you, that mountain...
Those who have been say "take a notebook and a camera", "try to enjoy it" etc but they don't describe how summit night feels -- it would scare you too much. It starts with excitement and some fear, and moves on to just the simple urge to keep your body going. Just keep plodding. Looking up at the line of head torches spiralling above is just too much to think about.
You just have to keep moving, till you can't go another step further. Then stop long enough to go a bit higher when you've had a rest. Too tired to think, because every step is an unbelievable effort. "Just let me get there." You don't even think about how far it is, just about the next step. Not even the one after that. And when you are so exhausted that you just want to lie down and stay there, comes the boulder climb to reach Gilmans point. It's impossible, but somehow you do it and the feeling when you get there is just numbness. I really fell asleep on my feet.
The decision about whether to go back down or go on to Uhuru peak is not one that you are capable of making for yourself. Both trips are too much effort to contemplate. But to make it on up to Uhuru Peak is the most emotional, life changing experience. Not just the views of the glacier nor the knowledge that you are standing on top of Africa, but just. I'M HERE. I'M ALIVE. I DID IT. My god, I really did it! That's all there is. It's an indescribable feeling... and it still makes me cry even now!
Valerie Lambeth - climbed Kilimanjaro in 2013.
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