Challenge yourself for us this New Year
Rainbows is calling on people in the community to saddle up or take on a trek to support youngsters with life-limiting illnesses.
We have three new extreme events for our 25th anniversary year and are encouraging people to beat the post festive blues by signing up to a challenge.
In July, people can scale Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in Morocco. During the 3,200m climb, which takes four hours through pockets of scree and snow, climbers will be treated to views of Morocco, the Atlantic and the Sahara.
In September, there is the chance to join our CEO Dee Sissons and other Rainbows supporters on the Great Wall of China trek. For nine days, the team will take on one of the Wonders of the World.
Starting in Beijing, participants will walk thousands of steps, reaching heights of 1,000 metres. For one night, the team will sleep under the stars on the Great Wall itself and tours to Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City are also part of the experience.
For keen cyclists, we have added the iconic London to Paris cycle to our calendar in June. Riders will saddle up and bike over 300 miles from capital to capital. After cycling along quaint, French country lanes and through traditional market towns, the final leg of the journey will see riders cycle up the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triumphe; before reaching the finish line – the Eiffel Tower.
Nancy Lillington, Events Manager at Rainbows, said: “This year we have some new and really exciting challenges to celebrate our 25th anniversary year. The New Year is a perfect time to focus on setting a personal challenge as we often feel guilty about indulging over the festive period.
“The events are certainly challenging and people will need time to train. But even if you have never done anything like this before, we can support you all the way with your training.
“All of our events are a fantastic opportunity to take on a challenge, get fit, meet other like-minded people and raise funds for Rainbows, which supports more than 400 children and young people with life-limited illnesses in the East Midlands.”