Challenge yourself for us in 2020

We want the East Midlands community to beat the January blues by signing up to one of our challenges.

Whether it be cycling, running, trekking, skydiving or abseiling, we have a range of events to suit all ages and abilities for those whose New Year’s resolution is to get fit or do something really exciting.

New for 2020 is our Snowdon Trek, which takes place on Saturday 26 September. People can also challenge themselves to cycle from London to Paris; get muddy at Mudnificent 7; abseil down Derby Cathedral; get festive at a Santa Run or take on the ultimate adrenaline thrill seeking experience and skydive at 120mph.

There are also places available to join our teams at the Simply Health Great North Run and Prudential Ride London. Runners with a secured spot in the Virgin Money London Marathon can also run in aid of our charity.

In June, as a lasting tribute to his son, Percy, Adam Higgins cycled 300 miles from London to Paris with two friends. They raised over £10,000 for us.

Percy was born with a congenital heart defect and an extra chromosome. He died at our hospice when he was just five-months-old.

“After losing Percy, I was inspired to raise money,” said Adam. “I wanted to do it for Percy and I wanted to do it to give something back to Rainbows and I want to do more.

“It was a fantastic experience, although very challenging. There were 48 people in our group and it was great. We laughed and joked our way through. It was really well organised. There were water stops and food stops and in the evenings we stayed in hotels. There was great mechanical support and the crew were so helpful and the scenery was just so beautiful. 

“I would encourage anyone to take on a challenge for Rainbows, it is so rewarding.”

Nancy Lillington, Events Manager at Rainbows, said: “In 2020 we have some new and really incredible challenges. The New Year is a perfect time to focus on setting a personal challenge, so what are you waiting for? We will be here to support you every step of the way.

“This year we have challenges for walkers, runners, cyclists and daredevils and our events range from across the continent to here in the East Midlands. Some of the events are a lot tougher than others and people will need time to train so we would encourage them to sign up as soon as possible.

“We always get such great feedback from our participants and by signing up, not only are you doing something positive for yourself, you will be helping to raise funds for those families who need it the most.”

To find out more or get involved, visit contact Nancy Lillington on 01509 283 917 or