Leicestershire businesses conquer the wild in support of cancer charity

Companies from across Leicestershire recently came together for an active fundraising and networking event for local cancer research charity Hope Against Cancer. Run in partnership with outdoor company Challenge the Wild, the event saw the participants take part in a host of adrenaline-fuelled activities such as rock climbing and waterfall jumping, before divulging in the delicacies of the wild in an “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me out of Here” style bug-eating competition.

The group also came together to camp out in the open with just a tent separating them from the outside elements, and putting the survival skills that they had been taught beforehand into action.

The event took place in rural Coniston in the Lake District over 28 and 29 June, with proceeds going towards helping Hope Against Cancer continue its funding of vital cancer research right here in Leicestershire, and in ensuring Leicester retains its reputation as a national hub for cancer research expertise.

Donations are still coming in from the event and Hope Against Cancer estimates that the final tally will eventually reach around £4000. The charity would like to thank and congratulate every sponsor and those brave individuals who took part for their generosity, and for tackling all of the challenges with enthusiasm which will go a long way to helping the charity continue its work.

Tracey Hallam, Hope Against Cancer Corporate & Events Fundraiser, who took part in the event, said, “The event was an amazing experience for me! I was completely drained when we got back to Leicester afterwards but it was such an epic adventure! It was a lot tougher than I expected and I think everyone was challenged both physically and mentally but we’ve gone beyond business relationships and we are now family. We walked around 15 miles in the blistering heat not knowing what we were facing next – it really was a superhuman effort by everyone but we all came together. Being in such a beautiful part of the UK too just made it even more exciting.”

As well as setting businesses the intense challenges, Hope Against Cancer encouraged businesses to sponsor the event and use it as a form of networking and team-building. After completing the event and returning back to Leicester, one of the participants stated, “The challenge was mentally and physically gruelling - we had to work as a team to get through the blood, sweat and tears. It was also filled with a lot of laughter!”

Tracey explained, “The events with Challenge the Wild are a great way for businesses to strengthen their team bonds whilst helping us to continue the vital work that we do. Whether a business has 5 or 50 team members, there’s an event for them available from us here at Hope Against Cancer. And by doing these events with us, anyone can experience the thrill of taming the countryside while raising money for a great cause!”

Nigel Rose, Hope Against Cancer Chief Executive, added, “The Challenge the Wild event was simply fantastic and from all of us here at Hope Against Cancer, I’d like to say a huge well done to everyone who took part. Seeing how much the businesses were willing to support us and each other was great to see and we’re glad everyone made it home safe! The key sponsors, PRP, Griffin Fit, Smallman & Son and Hastings Direct, were all fantastic in getting behind the challenge – Griffin Fit even organised six weeks’ free training in the lead-up to the event to get everyone in shape before we were let loose in Coniston. It seems like everybody really benefited from that extra training that’s for sure! A huge thank you and well done to all the sponsors and participants for taking up and completing this incredible challenge.”

As a result of the success of the Challenge the Wild event, Hope Against Cancer has now became Challenge the Wilds local charity partner, and is already planning next year’s events. One of these will be taking place in the Pyrenees on April 4 2019 and an Escape the Wild event is planned for June 2019. Bookings are already being taken for these events, you can get in touch with Tracey via email for more information tracey@hfcr.org.

Hope Against Cancer’s research focuses on the early detection of cancer, finding the right treatment, and prevention. The charity supports clinical trials at Leicester Royal Infirmary, working in partnership with local universities and hospitals.