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Team building challenges set to raise funds for homeless
RNIB launches inclusive and accessible Ben Nevis trek
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Team building challenges set to raise funds for homeless

April 2019

VCHP MuddersBungee jumping, tough mudders, 10k runs, sportives and endurance cycles are great ways to build optical teams and Vision Care for Homeless People is urging every business to get involved this summer.

“Encouraging work mates and pushing your boundaries bring a great sense of camaraderie and pulling together. We are encouraging all optical businesses to explore this idea. Through sponsorship the adventures can be a great awareness and fund raiser for the charity,” said Elaine Styles, Chair of Vision Care for Homeless People.

Elaine, a keen cyclist, has raised thousands of pounds for VCHP through some of the toughest cycles in Europe – the 920 trek from Land’s End to John O’Groats, and the Trans Pyrenean Raid which covers the 20 cols from Biarritz to Perpignan.

“I love cycling and the thought that I was raising money for Vision Care for Homeless People really spurred me on through some of the long days and big hills. Not everyone has to aim for this – a 5km run could be a great achievement for many, or tackling something which is out of the normal comfort zone,” said Elaine.

She is hoping optical businesses will aim to get teams together to compete in some of the events shown on the charity’s website

RNIB launches inclusive and accessible Ben Nevis trek

April 2019

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is inviting people of all ages and abilities to take part in an inclusive and accessible trek up Britain's highest mountain this summer.

On Saturday 10 August, Team RNIB participants will be climbing 1,345m to reach the summit of Ben Nevis in north-west Scotland. Through sponsorship the aim is to raise money for the UK's leading sight loss charity.

Developed to be suitable for people of all ages, levels of fitness and sight conditions, the trek will have blind and partially sighted people taking part alongside a friend or family member acting as a guide, as well as other sighted trekkers. There are a limited number of free places for guides, and sighted participants will be encouraged to support those with sight loss.

Alex McDowell, head of public fundraising at RNIB, said: “Join us in conquering the highest mountain in the British Isles and revel in the spectacular sights, sounds and smells of the Scottish Highlands. Our trek along the rocky trail to the summit of this ancient volcano will be challenging, but your sense of achievement at the top will be incredible.

“The ascent and descent will take between six and ten hours and participants will be encouraged to walk at their own pace. A training plan will be provided on sign up to help people prepare for the adventure ahead.

“This is not a race, this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and raise money to support RNIB's work breaking down the barriers facing people with sight loss in Scotland and across the UK.”

The registration fee for the Ben Nevis trek is £75 with a fundraising target of £550.

The cost of the trip includes two nights’ hotel accommodation in Fort William, breakfast, lunch and celebration dinner on the Saturday, breakfast on the Sunday, transport from the hotel to the base of Ben Nevis and qualified mountain leaders and first aiders.

In addition to Ben Nevis, RNIB is also organising treks exploring the Jurassic Coast (29 June) and the South Downs (6 July).

To find out more and sign up, visit


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