Working with many charities means that we have taken part in a number of fundraising events over the years. Half marathons, fun runs, auctions, balls, bake sales – there are lots of ways to raise money for a cause close to your heart. This year we headed up north, to Hadrian’s Wall, to embark on a 2 day, 26 mile challenge along one of the most iconic and toughest trekking routes in the UK.
As members of an 8 person team walking for Matthew’s Friends, we were joined a range of people representing different charities to form a 22 strong group all taking part for their own inspirational reasons. Some had recently lost a loved one and was walking in their memory, others had overcome personal challenges and wanted to celebrate their courage with a journey they will never forget. Many, like us, just wanted to raise money for a charity that changes lives, by pushing ourselves, putting on our walking boots and getting to that finish line.
The 2 day challenge included 2 nights of camping and this was the first time we had taken part in an event that included an overnight stay. Spending time with the other trekkers, hearing their stories and motivations for taking part made this event one of the most emotive we have ever experienced. The bonding and sharing made the spectacular scenery feel even more poignant and in up to 30 degrees heat, we powered through as a team across the ups and downs of the Cumbrian hills.
Walking as a team helped push us through event the most difficult parts. Steep rocky slopes, deep inclines and intense sunshine caused problems for some, and sunscreen and blister plasters were out in force. Everyone was amazed by the breathtaking views, even more stunning than we imagined, and en route people were stopping to remember those they were walking for, those who were motivating them to get to the end.
Once we all crossed that line as a team, as a group who helped, supported and pushed each other all the way, it was one of the greatest achievements we have made to date. The bonding and emotional experience we shared on this adventure is one we will never forget. Hadrian’s Wall was a backdrop to stories of courage, strength and inspiration, whilst raising much needed funds for those who need it most.