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Go Ape’s 30 chosen charities

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From small non-profits to worldwide organisations, charities play an important part in every community. They rely on donations from people like us to help change lives for the better, whatever that may entail.

Now, we don’t want to sound like we’re preaching here, but we strongly believe that everyone should do their bit for charity. Even a small gesture or donation could go on to have a huge impact on someone’s life.

From day dot, we have worked alongside some fantastic charities and we’re immensely proud of being able to give something back. This is not something we do to look impressive or win you over – we do it simply because we care and think it’s the right thing to do.

Doing our bit for the community

Last year was one of our strongest years to date in terms of money raised. We donated more than £103k in cash and gift vouchers to charities, also delivering a cheque for £58,472 to our chosen charity, the Outward Bound Trust, which uses the great outdoors to help develop young people from all walks of life.

This year, we’re focusing on local charities. A total 30 of our sites (including Banana HQ) have paired up with a dedicated, local charity, which they’ll support throughout the year by planning activities to raise money as well as awareness.

The Tribe here at Banana HQ are supporting Inspire Suffolk; a charity recognised and valued for working with young people experiencing severe disadvantage and social instability. Every day, the charity helps young people overcome challenges and get back into employment and further training.

Many of our charities are aimed at supporting people suffering from conditions such as cancer, visual impairment and depression; while others support people with disabilities through a range of initiatives, such as organising fun, rewarding and sociable group activities for them to embark on.

We also support charitable organisations like the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust and Buxton Mountain Rescue, which do fantastic jobs of caring for sick and injured people, making sure they receive timely treatment.

If you’re planning to hang out at Go Ape any time soon, feel free to chat to our tribe about the things they do in the name of their chosen charity.

Time to do your bit

In 2017, we’re repeating last year’s pledge to give away £35,000 worth of Go Ape gift vouchers. You can request some of these vouchers by completing our online form, and they can be used by local charities, and in fundraising auctions and raffles.

We receive thousands of applications and unfortunately, we can’t support everybody. We like to focus on local causes located near to our courses first and foremost, and we don’t support animal or overseas charities. Please read the full terms and conditions before applying as we’d hate to waste your time.

If we all do our bit for charity – whether it’s donating cash or getting involved in a fundraiser – then we think the world would be a better, happier place for all.

Adventurous fundraising activities for 2016

Go Ape Three Peaks Yacht Race

It’s been just over 2 weeks since our bold and brave Go Ape team conquered the gruelling Three Peaks Yacht Race (3PYR). They endured a whopping 389 miles of sailing, 72 miles of running and 18 miles of cycling, which they completed in four days and 16 hours. Bravo!

Through the trials and tribulations (particularly the extreme weather conditions and boat engine trouble), the team still managed to bag a top ten spot. And when we asked Jerome if he’d do it again, he replied without hesitation, “Without a shadow of a doubt.

Go Ape Three Peaks Yacht Race Team

All members signed-up for the race because they wanted to challenge themselves and test their true potential, and it required months of preparation and dedication. But there was also another reason why they were embarking on this monumental adventure: to raise money for a great cause.

So far, over £6,000 has been raised for the Outward Bound Trust; a charity that helps young people from all walks of life by running adventurous and challenging outdoor learning programmes that equip them with valuable skills for education, work and life. Our target is £10,000 – and you can help us to reach it by donating via our Virgin Money Giving page!

Anyway, enough about us. How about you? Have you always fancied taking part in an adventurous sporting challenge, but never taken the next step? Well, let us help! There are tonnes of events across the UK that you can get involved in and raise some money for your charity of choice. Here are just some of them:

The 12 Labours of Hercules: 16th-17th July

Hercules was a mythical Greek Hero; and you can expect to feel pretty heroic after completing this mammoth challenge. The event takes place in the mystical surroundings of the Long Mynd, a heath and moorland plateau which forms part of the Shropshire Hills. Entrants have to complete as many of the 12 Labours as possible – but whereas Hercules had 12 years in which to do so, you’ve got just 24 hours. This wins our vote for the most imaginative event!

The South Coast Challenge: 27th-28th August

Walk, jog, run – it’s your choice. The South Coast Challenge route encompasses some truly stunning scenery, from the chalk headlands of Beachy Head in East Sussex, to the Seven Sister Country Park river valley and legendary Devils Dyke. You can opt to go the whole hog and cover 100km, but there are also half and ¼ options available.

Eton Swim: 3rd September

You’ll need to ditch the Speedos in favour of a full-bodied wetsuit for this one – an open water swim in Berkshire’s Dorney Lake, which was used for the 2012 Olympics. This one’s suitable for all ages and abilities, with distances ranging from 740km to 10km. Don’t worry about bringing your own swim cap along, as all participants are given one before they dive in!

Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge: 16th-18th September

Keen cyclist? Then check out this challenge: an epic 140 mile ride starting from the Cumbrian cost and cruising all the way to the North Sea. Of course, when we say ‘cruising,’ we mean pedalling frantically to try and bag a top spot. The route crosses the northern edge Lake District, climbs the northern Pennines and follows the fringes of Hadrian’s Wall. Prepare for serious calf ache as you climb the hills in the Eden Valley – and enjoy the descents!

Tough Mudder: Multiple dates

We like the ethos behind this one – ‘It’s not about how fast you can cross the finish line. Rather, it’s a challenge that emphasises teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are.’

Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test your physical and mental strength. It’s like an extreme version of a Tree Top Adventure, with a good dollop of the brown stuff (mud, that is…).

Have you already signed-up for an event this year? If so, which one?