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Challenge Yourself Globally

Sometimes, a cycle at a national park, a coffee morning at your local cafe or a 10K run or even a marathon is just not enough of a challenge. Sometimes, you need to go further afield!

Breathing Matters has teamed up with Global Adventure Challenges who offer some amazing charity challenges. There are so many international challenges to choose from at www.globaladventurechallenges.com, but here’s just a few fabulous examples:

 

Trekking Challenges

Great Wall of China Trek:  7-15.5.2022, 10-18.9.2022, 15-23.10.2022, 13-21.5.2023, 14-22.10.2023

“You have not lived if you have not been to the Great Wall”, or so the Chinese saying goes, and it’s not surprising why!

Minimum sponsorship:

  • 2022 – £299 registration + £2840 + airport TAX and fuel
  • 2023 – £299 registration + £2890 + airport TAX and fuel

Self-funding:

  • 2022 – £299 registration + £1420 + airport TAX and fuel
  • 2023 – £299 registration + £1445 + airport TAX and fuel

UK 3 Peaks: 20-22.5.2022, 17-19.6.2022, 1-21.8.2022, 2-4.9.2022, 14-16.10.2022, 19-21.5.2023, 23-25.6.2023, 7-9.7.2023, 18-20.8.2023, 8-10.9.2023, 13-15.10.2023

Conquer some of the UK’s giants on this classic challenge. 3 days/22 miles. Sunset over Mickledore, Scafell Pike at night. Includes accommodation, professional support and mountain crew.

Minimum sponsorship:

  • 2022 – £95 registration + £810
  • 2023 – £95 registration + £860

Self-funding:

  • 2022 – £95 registration + £405
  • 2023 – £95 registration + £430

Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal:  10-27.3.2022, 10-27.11.2022, 16.3.2023-7.4.2023, 9-26.11.2023

This world-renowned trek for charity takes you from Lukla through the world’s highest mountain range and encompasses the most breathtaking scenery you can imagine.

Minimum sponsorship:

  • 2022 – £299 registration + £4570 + airport TA and fuel
  • 2023 – £299 registration + £4660 + airport TA and fuel

Self-funding:

  • 2022 – £299 registration + £2285 + airport TAX and fuel
  • 2023 – £299 registration + £2330 + airport TAX and fuel

New Challenge!!  Trek to Petra, Jordan: 1-9.10.2022

Explore the breathtaking landscape of Jordan and adventure to the Ancient City of Petra!

Minimum sponsorship: £299 registration + £3482 + airport TAX and fuel

Self-funding: £299 registration + £1741 + airport TAX and fuel

Kilimanjaro Trek, Tanzania:  16-26.6.2022, 15-25.9.21 (fully booked), 22.6.2023-2.7.2023, 14-24.9.2023

If you’re looking for the ultimate trekking challenge, then look no further and achieve something incredible!

Minimum sponsorship:

  • 2022 – £299 registration + £4788 + airport TAX and fuel
  • 2023 – £299 registration + £4838 + airport TAX and fuel

Self-funding:

  • 2022 – £299 registration + £2394 + airport TAX and fuel
  • 2023 – £299 registration + £2419 + airport TAX and fuel

Inca Trail, Peru: 13-22.5.2022, 29.7.2023-7.8.2023, 4-13.11.2022, 1-28.5.2023, 28.7.2023-6.8.2023, 3-12.11.2023

Our charity challenge begins in the Inca Capital of Cusco – a fascinating city, full of colonial charm hidden deep in the Andes Mountains.

Minimum sponsorship:

  • 2022 – £299 registration + £3574 + £200 trek permit + airport TAX and fuel
  • 2023 – £299 registration + £3624 + £200 trek permit + airport TAX and fuel

Self-funding:

  • 2022 – £299 registration + £1787 + £200 trek permit + airport TAX and fuel
  • 2023 – £299 registration + £1812 + £200 trek permit + airport TAX and fuel

NB: This is the minimum price – prices variable

New Challenge!!  Northern Lights Trek, Iceland: 2-6.3.2022, 8-12.3.2023

Explore Iceland’s stunning scenery; from colourful mountains and volcanic landscapes to hot springs. Surrounded by beautiful lake and mountain scenery,  and be dazzled by the spectacular Northern Lights.

Minimum sponsorship:

  • 2022 – £199 registration + £3374 
  • 2023 – £199 registration + £3424 

Self-funding:

  • 2022 – £199 registration + £1687 
  • 2023 – £199 registration + £1712

Snowdon at Night: 11-12.6.2022, 6-7.8.2022, 1-2.10.2022, 17-18.6.2023, 5-6.8.2023, 7-8.10.2023

Trekking Mt Snowdon (1,085m) during the daytime forms a great challenge, but by using torches to light your way and having the moon as your backdrop, summiting at night brings another sense of achievement to an already recognised charity trek. Food and drink laid on, midnight start, descend at sunrise – a one day wonder!

Minimum sponsorship:

  • 2022 – £49 registration + £290 
  • 2023 – £65 registration + £290

Self-funding:

  • 2022 – £49 registration + £145 
  • 2023 – £65 registration + £145

Cycling Challenges

New Challenge!!  Cycle Mallorca: 21-25.9.2022

Mallorca is the go-to destination for cycling enthusiasts, and it’s not hard to see why! From its predictable warm weather, a vast mixture of terrain and picture perfect views, Cycle Mallorca will be a challenge to remember!

Minimum sponsorship: £199 registration + £2824

Self-funding: £199 registration + £1412

London to Paris Bike Ride: 1-5.6.2022, 20-24.7.2022 (Tour de France), 10-14.8.2022, 14-18.9.2022, 7-11.6.2023, 9-13.8.2023, 13-17.9.2023 

Join our team and ride London to Paris for a truly inspirational experience; you’ll make friends for life, push yourself beyond your limits but most of all make memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. You could even witness the finale of the world’s greatest cycle race!

Minimum sponsorship:

  • 2022 – £125 registration + £1640
  • 2023 – £125 registration + £1690

Self-funding:

  • 2022 – £125 registration + £820
  • 2023 – £125 registration + £845

Vietnam to Cambodia Cycle:  5-15.3.2022, 12-22.11.2022, 11-21.3.2023, 19-29.11.2023

This breathtaking charity bike ride is one of the best in the world of fundraising events and will take us from Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.  

Minimum sponsorship:

  • 2022 – £299 registration + £3448 + airport TAX and fuel
  • 2023 – £299 registration + £3498 + airport TAX and fuel

Self-funding:

  • 2022 – £299 registration + £1724 + airport TAX and fuel
  • 2023 – £299 registration + £1749 + airport TAX and fuel

New Challenge!!  Cycle Great Wall of China: 8-16.10.2022

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture and explore the Great Wall by bike!

Minimum sponsorship: £299 registration + £3440 + airport TAX and fuel

Self-funding: £299 registration + £1720 + airport TAX and fuel

Something Different

Lapland: Husky Trail Dog Sled:  18-25.3.2022, 17-24.3.2023

One of the most unique of charity events – five days sledding through the rolling highlands and deep forests of Lapland for an experience you will never forget.

Minimum sponsorship:

  • 2022 – £299 registration + £4632 + airport TAX and fuel
  • 2023 – £299 registration + £4682 + airport TAX and fuel

Self-funding:

  • 2022 – £299 registration + £2316 + airport TAX and fuel
  • 2023 – £299 registration + £2341 + airport TAX and fuel

Payment Plan

There are two ways of funding your challenge; minimum sponsorship or self-funding.

For payment option A – minimum sponsorship – You pay the non-refundable deposit (the first sum above) to Global Adventure Challenges. This is used to organise your trip including securing airline seats and relevant permits. You then commit to raising the minimum sponsorship (the second sum above) for Breathing Matters.  You can set up a Justgiving Page from our home page (www.justgiving.com/campaign/breathingmatters) and 80% of the minimum sponsorship MUST be raised no later than ELEVEN WEEKS BEFORE DEPARTURE as this is when Breathing Matters will pay your challenge costs direct to Global Adventure Challenges.  Failure to raise this money may mean non-participation and cancellation of your challenge so it is important to raise your funds early.  The remaining 20% should be received no more than two weeks after your challenge finishes (we may ask for proof of offline pledges). We would be grateful if you could try and raise as much as you can over the minimum sponsorship target as every penny of this is what Breathing Matters will receive.  The more you raise, the more research work we can do and the more your challenge will have been worthwhile.

For payment option B – self-funding – You pay the non-refundable deposit (the first sum above) to Global Adventure Challenges which is used to organise your trip including securing airline seats and relevant permits. Ten weeks before departure, Global Adventure Challenges will invoice you for the balance (the second sum above) and this should be paid within two weeks; eight weeks prior to your challenge.  Although there is no minimum sponsorship target for this option, we would encourage you to raise as much as possible for Breathing Matters (via www.justgiving.com/campaign/breathingmatters).

The more you raise, the more research work we can do and the more your challenge will have been worthwhile.

Always Remember: Breathing Matters!

Prudential RideLondon 100 2020 – Sign up and Train Up

Are you a keen cyclist and want a serious challenge to plan for?  How about the Prudential RideLondon 100 on Sunday, 16th August 2020?

RideLondon really is a true gem of an event starting at the iconic Olympic VeloPark in Lee Valley, cycling 100 miles of closed roads past London landmarks and through the stunning Surrey countryside (and hills!) and finishing in champion-style at the Mall outside Buckingham Palace!  It’s the UK’s largest world-class festival of cycling.

You don’t have to be an elite cyclist, however, and can choose a start time based at your level – you just need to be able to finish the course in under 9 hours and be over 18. More info for riders can be found here.

Breathing Matters has a number of guaranteed places for this year’s event.  Registration is £25 and we ask that you raise £475 for Breathing Matters per rider.  Groups of up to 5 are welcome. To sign up, email us at breathingmatters@ucl.ac.uk

The deadline for registration is Friday, 1st May 2020, but we expect a lot of interest, so please don’t delay registering your interest with us to secure your place.