Three independent charities sharing the same name and cause came together to deliver a survival event in aid of their organisations. Headway groups Birmingham and Solihull, Shropshire and Worcestershire were supported by 45 people ready to get muddy, wet and challenge the wild in a 2-day survival challenge in the Peak District last weekend.
The charities fundraised more than £13,500 in a first, successful event of its kind. Julia Protesaru organiser and fundraiser for Headway Worcestershire said “we felt it was quite a risky thing to do on our own – Although we share the name Headway, we’re all small and local, independent charities, so for big events such as Survive the Wild, we really needed to collaborate.”
The successful event brought in over £9,000 to the charity’s local services for people with acquired brain injury in Worcestershire and it was organised to support “Action for Acquired Brain Injury Week 2017”, where the charities also campaigned to raise awareness on the effects of brain injury with the campaign “A New Me”.
The survivors trekked for 16 kilometres, scrambled up and gown ghylls, climbed to reach the highest, 663 metres, point on the Dark Peak, camped, abseiled and traversed across a ditch! Having travelled from as far North as Scotland for the event, people involved included staff from monitoring software CM2000, law firm Slater & Gordon, staff and volunteers from all three Headway Groups and adventure enthusiasts.
Tabitha Sparey, support worker in the Worcester and Bromsgrove Headway Wellbeing Centres said “this was an amazing experience and I am so happy we all managed to finish it! It was great to work with the team in activities and to achieve so much, all for a good cause! I am proud not only for participating but also for knowing that my fundraising will support a cause so close to my heart”.
Julia continued “we are incredibly grateful to our sponsors who made it all possible and allowed us to keep our participants hydrated, allow them to munch on crisps, have a trophy and replenish their vitamins! Thank you Tesco, Tyrells, Lanyon Bowlder, Slater & Gordon, and Get Juiced!”
For any enquiries about Headway Worcestershire, please contact Julia Protesaru on 01905 729 729 of firstname.lastname@example.org.