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The Adventure Fund In action: Enduro World Series

Beck Jordan Blog
Our Instructors are an adventurous bunch which is why we offer an adventure fund for our staff that are looking to live life more adventurously. This year, one of our instructors at Go Ape Bedgebury, Becky Jordan, decided to take on the Enduro World Series. 
Here’s what she had to say …

“Following previous funding from the Adventure Fund last year for my Mountain Bike Racing I decided to go all out this year and enter a qualifying round for the Enduro World Series that was being held at Dyfi Forest in Wales on the 20th-21st May.

The Adventure Fund gave me the funds that I needed in order to enter the race and to register with the EWS for the points that I would need to be eligible for the 2018 Enduro World series next year which was the most amazing opportunity.

It is safe to say that it is the hardest event I have ever done in my life. The race route was 52km long with 1800m worth of climbing. Including 5 stages of fast and technical downhill that tested my skills on a bike to the absolute max! With several crashes during practice day on Saturday I was very close to giving up on it all.

I knew how disappointed in myself I would be if I did that. So I got up on the Sunday morning for race day and was at the top of the hill for 09:30am, ready for the race start at 10:00am.

Exactly 5 hours and 7minutes later with 5 clean stage runs under my belt I crossed the finish line in second place in the Senior Women’s category. I cannot tell you how happy and shocked I was all at the same time! Not only did this mean that I had come second place in the Enduro Welsh Open, but I had also qualified for the points that I needed to have the opportunity to enter the Enduro World Series in 2018!

This opportunity would not have been possible without the support of the Adventure Fund to get me to this event and I am extremely grateful to you!  Who knows what the next few months will hold but I am well on my way to living the dream!”

Well done Becky an amazing achievement! 

Three cheers for the Crawley tribe!

Crawley Kangaroos
Here at Go Ape, we take pride in giving something back – we want to do our bit.

That’s why 30 of our Go Ape tribes (including Banana HQ) have joined forces with a local, dedicated charity. Throughout this year, each tribe will be raising awareness and cash for their chosen charity by planning and partaking in fun, adventure-filled activities (plus the occasional bake sale).

In the spotlight this week is the furry tribe at Go Ape Crawley, who recently embarked on a mammoth 36.9 mile walk for a truly great cause.

From gorillas to kangaroos

Crawley’s charity of choice this year is Kangaroos. Based in Sussex, Kangaroos provides a range of fun, inclusive trips in and around the local area for children and young adults with complex medical needs and learning difficulties.

When we read the following on the Kangaroos website, we knew it was a fantastic cause and that we had to support it in any way we could:

‘We strive to enrich the lives of our members and their families. We do not let their disabilities hold them back and enable them, in a safe and supporting way, to participate in the majority of activities that we all take for granted.’

Blisters and bruised heels

Now, we’re sure you’ll agree, a 37-mile trek is a mighty undertaking. Nevertheless, the Crawley tribe turned up to the forest on the morning of the fundraiser feeling mega excited and raring to go! Backpacks packed, walking boots were on, enthusiasm was sky high – so after a quick ‘before’ team selfie with the on-site gorilla, they got on their way…

Luckily enough, the weather was on the tribe’s side during the day (for the most part) – not too hot, with a pleasant breeze. Which made it easier for the members who decided to rock a banana costume or monkey around by dressing as a gorilla.

The tribe’s trek took a whopping 15 hours, from 6am to 9pm. Their journey mainly took them through lush green, peaceful countryside, providing the tribe with many picture-perfect stop-off points along the way.

Just over a week on from the fundraiser, the tribe are still nursing some aches and pains, but they enjoyed the challenge and would do it again in a heartbeat. “Please help make these sore legs and blistered feet feel worth it by donating anything you can to this charity,” they said!

So, think you have a few pounds to donate? As the Kangaroos website explains, £10 could buy a toy or craft materials, £25 could pay for an additional child to attend one of the charity’s clubs, and £50 could pay entrance to a venue for a group of members. You can donate via the charity’s JustGiving page.

A huge “thank you” to anyone who has some spare cash to give to this incredibly worthy cause. And finally, three cheers for the awesome Crawley tribe who conquered this challenge…Hip hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray! Hip hip, hooray!

Here are some photos from the day …

Go Ape’s 30 chosen charities

chairty bake sale aberfoyle

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.

Accolades aplenty for Aberfoyle!

Go Ape Aberfoyle Award

Amazing Aberfoyle

We always knew our Tribe at Aberfoyle were doing a sterling job (get it – because they’re in Stirlingshire? Sorry…) BUT we’re happy to share that their hard work has been officially recognised. They’ve scooped a couple of awards recently – the first from VisitScotland, who added them to a prestigious group of just 25 Scottish businesses that have so far been named a five-star Activity Centre.

Go Ape Aberfoyle - Best OutdoorAdventure Experience











Congratulations to Action Glen and Highland Fling Bungee for getting to the finals at the Scottish Thistle Awards – Scottish tourism’s equivalent of the Oscars. Go Ape will now join other regional winners at the glittering national finals in Edinburgh on March 11.

Go Ape Aberfoyle Award Ape














We’ve got our fingers crossed, guys!

If you haven’t yet visited Aberfoyle come join us and enjoy two to three hours in the trees taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings.

Go Ape Aberfoyle is home some of the longest Zip Wires in Britain, it really is in a league of its own. At a dizzying 120ft high and 426 metres long the grand finale at our first Scottish adventure is an exhilarating and memorable experience!

Visit Aberfoyle

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