According to Meningitis Now's event organiser Michaela Ifill, this is a challenge not designed for serious trekkers, but will still require commitment, energy, dedication and probably a sense of humour!
Starting on Thursday 2 May, participants will stay until Sunday in the same lodging in the Lake District, coming back every night to rest their weary feet and discuss that day’s exploits. The actual walking days will be Friday 3 May and Saturday 4 May – when you will tackle the peaks of Skiddaw, Helvellyn, Helvellyn Lower Man, Scafell, Symonds Knott, Scafell Pike, Broad Crag and Ill Crag.
During that time, you will get the support of a qualified mountain leader and experienced safety team, plus all your meals including packed lunches on walking days. The Meningitis Now package also includes an invitation to one of our training days in the run up to the challenge and plenty of fund-raising materials, support from our team and lots of tips to help you on your way.
One brave adventurer taking on the challenge is our very own Tracey Lee, who works with us here in Meningitis Now’s head office in Stroud. Here, she told us why she was doing the Lake District 8 Peak Challenge and how she was getting on with her fundraising and training:
“As I approach my two-year anniversary working at Meningitis Now, I wanted to take on one of our challenges and as I cannot run, cycle or jump out of a plane, I decided a challenging trek would be my best option. I quickly recruited three of my good friends – Lucy Grimsted, Claire King and Rachel Deane - and together we started fundraising and training."
“As I manage the Community and Events fundraising teams I see daily the fantastic fundraising our supporters organise and really enjoyed putting this into practice myself."
“It’s been a few busy few months but I’ve smashed my target by organising a series of events – school doughnut sale, workplace bacon butties breakfast, supermarket collections, coffee morning and bric-a-brac sale as well as an online birthday fundraiser. Friends, family and colleagues have all been very generous but I definitely found cake helped to encourage people to donate!"
“The training has proved to be a challenge. As I work nearly full time and am also a busy parent to three young boys, my opportunities to train have been few and far between. We have though managed to squeeze in some stunning treks such as a recent eight-mile stomp in the Mendips, which left me with aching legs and giant blisters! As I am not at peak fitness I am hoping that my sheer determination to do my best for the families that we support will get me through the challenge itself."
“I’m really looking forward to completing this challenge alongside 35 of our other supporters. There will be a variety of abilities and there will be a diverse range of meningitis experience amongst the participants."
“I know at times it will be tedious, tough, emotional and challenging but most of all I think it will be rewarding. My favourite part of this job is talking to the families we have helped through their meningitis journey and I feel really fortunate to be raising income and awareness to help many more families like them, now and in the future.”