Please read below some feedback we have received from our clients:
"When it came to choosing the right challenge organisation to work with, it was VITAL for The Body Shop Foundation to find a highly professional, experienced group to work with. Challenge Charity is exactly that.
From the minute we started; the advice, help and support given at every step has been exceptional. And its the little things that count - the level of attention with the website for members, the updates and emails from group leaders and doctors to reassure our trekkers. All these small but vital drops of encouragement, helped, aided and reassured all those fundraising like mad to complete the trek, all for WaterAid.
Special praise must be given to the team on the trek itself who went out of their way to make the trek as smooth as possible so our trekkers could focus on the challenge itself. We simply can't thank everyone at Charity Challenge enough for their part in making our event such a success. We simply can not wait for the next one; here's to the next incredible adventure for The Body Shop Foundation and Charity Challenge!"
Chief Executive, The Body Shop Foundation
Working with Charity Challenge in Canada has been great. The workshop about using their back-end system made everything so much easier and we were able to get our page ready to go live quickly. The resources available, the website and the support from the charity challenge team has been fantastic and they have helped every step of the way in this process.
Lindsay Seeger, Community Engagement Specialist at UNICEF Canada
I think once we get this program up and running off it’s feet, our partnership with Charity Challenge will be truly valuable. Because of this partnership, Second Harvest will be able to offer experiences of a lifetime all in support of our organization. Since this is a new concept in our community, I believe the response will be well received.
The support you receive from the organizers at Charity Challenge is outstanding. Simon and his team are quick to respond and always willing to go the extra mile to help your charity. They are interested in knowing more about you so that they are able to accommodate your needs and guide you every step of the way. Having this support truly gives the charity a better direction on how to work with your donors and promote this fabulous opportunity.
Attending the seminars are very valuable as Simon and his team are very thorough and explain all the finer details that your charity needs to know. Since Charity Challenge offers you so much guidance, support and materials that you can use at your disposal, it is very beneficial that your charity knows how to work through the website and understand the concept of it all from start to finish. The team will also walk you through important questions regarding tax receipting, laws, contracts, etc. that are vital to know.
Jennifer Chow, Community Events Coordinator at Second Harvest Canada
Charity Challenge offers a unique opportunity for people to challenge themselves and get fit, while raising money for a great cause. Since AC-AF works primarily in East Africa, we are particularly excited by the Kilimanjaro Summit Climb, although all of the challenges offer a one-of- a- kind experience.
At every step of the way, Charity Challenge was available to answer our questions. It was clear that they had done the necessary research and tailored the website and information for Canadian charities and their supporters.
From holding group information sessions and webinars to ensuring their availability for one-to-one sessions with individual charities, Charity Challenge has been a committed partner. We look forward to continuing to work with Simon, Marc and the rest of the Charity Challenge team in the future.
"I cannot thank you or your company enough my Kilimanjaro Trek was unbelievably amazing (whilst also being horrific at the same time if you are talking specifically about summit night). I signed up for Kili with you guys about 18 months ago because I needed to get out of a very dark place in my life. At the time I held the trek as a stepping stone to being able to achieve something by myself, I believed then that if I could climb the mountain I could cope with anything, and it really was about the climb, but the truth is the entire experience has given me 100 times more than I ever expected." Click here to read the full testimonial.
Ali Hutchison - Kilimanjaro Summit Climb
"Skiing to the North Pole was a once in a lifetime experience. Thanks to Charity Challenge for running such a slick and professional trip. I would not recommend anyone else, their guide Alan Chambers is one of the most respected polar guides in the world and to have stood on top of the world with him is an honour that only Charity Challenge can offer."
Bonita Norris, North Pole Challenge
"Charity Challenge is the only company I would have wanted to do this trek with. They were competent, attentive, helpful, entertaining and professional. They made the challenge a really amazing experience!"
Janine Lewis, Trek to Machu Picchu
Thank you Charity Challenge for everything, from pre trip to looking after us whilst we were there. I had such a brilliant and life changing time. I can honestly say that this experience has changed me for the better. I am so much more positive and I believe in myself!I am recommending Charity Challenge to everyone and I will be taking part in a challenge in the near future!
Simone Rogers, Great Wall Discovery
"Having returned from Kilimanjaro earlier this week, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you both sincerely for your part in what turned out to be an incredible trip.
Right from the first moment I met Simon I had the strongest sense that your organisation skills and experience would ensure a successful trek, and I wasn't wrong. I appreciate enormously all the work you and your team put in to arrange the key aspects, answer our queries and keep us informed, and in particular for involving Brian Jackson who was truly outstanding as Trek Leader. The end result is that - despite appauling weather conditions - we had an excellent trek and all 18 of us reached the summit.
Many, many thanks for your part in our successful expedition."
Dan Salmons, Kilimanjaro Summit Climb
"I hope that you are not bored with us telling you what a wonderful time we had but now it's my turn! I can only add that for me it was one of the best trips I have ever done, if not the best. From start to finish I would not change a thing, it was challenging, educational & great fun. We were so well cared for by Kent & Jordana, they worked very hard to get everything right & took their role very seriously whilst still making it fun. Graham was a star, he has a talent of being able to deal with people, and he was always attentive, caring, responsible & knowledgeable."
Jo Collins, Dog Sledding Challenge
"The Thailand Jungle Trek has something for everyone. We left with many stories of the adventure and great memories. I would desperately recommend this challenge to anyone!"
Emma Reddington, Thailand Jungle Experience
“We had the best time in Peru. From the moment we were greeted at the airport we were so well looked after. Everything from the tents, the food and the kit was brilliant. We would definitely encourage anybody to sign up for one of Breast Cancer Care’s treks which are organised by Charity Challenge. You will be safe in the knowledge that every aspect of your trip will be organised with immense care and precision.”
Denise Van Outen and Fearne Cotton, Machu Picchu
"Forget climbing Kilimanjaro and book this trek instead! An amazing experience, giving a real insight into the Maasai, their way of life and landscape. Trekking in a small group across vast open spaces, passing no other tourists, just animals, in stunning scenery. Incredible memories. Take me back there now!"
Wendy Lampert, Footsteps of the Maasai
"I have slept and slept since arriving home and am a complete emotional wreck. I had a brilliant, brilliant time. It was an absolutely amazing experience. I thought that everything was so well organised . What a task you had, to organise 11 hyperactive women, the Breast Cancer Care team, a camera crew and a number of other team members!! You did a great job of coping with everything each day --not an easy task. I was very impressed. Despite the early mornings, the cold and the altitude sickness, I felt well looked after and had a truly amazing time. I have very happy memories of Peru. Thank You."
Gaynor Sinton, VIP on Trek to Machu Picchu with Denise and Feane
"Just wanted to say a huge thanks: to you, and all your team for making the trip so enjoyable. The food was delicious, the trek itself was something I will cherish forever- and everyone, the guides, George, Mark etc were a pleasure to meet. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of such an inspiring adventure- it has helped me cross a milestone: my one year survival mark, in a way that I could never have imagined possible a year ago in August when I was diagnosed with breast cancer."
Annabel Reynaud, VIP on Trek to Machu Picchu with Denise and Feane
“I recently travelled to Haiti with a GMTV camera crew, six months after the earthquake that devastated the island. It was clear from the minute we landed in Port au Prince that the conditions in country were still incredibly tough going, but Charity Challenge handled the logistics with professionalism, flexibility and a great deal of enthusiasm. Our plans changed daily but Charity Challenge and their team on the ground managed our needs and requirements with good humour and attention to detail. It was clear that a lot of hard work had gone into the preparation of the challenge, which went a long way towards ensuring the trip was a big success.”
Dr Hilary Jones, Haiti Community Challenge
“Charity Challenge exceeded all my expectations. The quality of the staff, levels of organisation, accommodation & catering were outstanding. I have had an incredible experience, met some fantastic people & made some wonderful memories.”
Linden Thomas, Sahara Desert Trek
"The Etna Volcanic Adventure was the most incredible five days of my life. As someone who was completely new to trekking (and indeed hill walking/outdoor life of any kind!), it gave me the perfect introduction and has left me wanting to do and see more. The whole experience from start to finish exceeded all my expectations. Our two guides were supportive, informative and hugely entertaining – we felt safe in their hands at all times. The trekking days were varied and covered different terrain, and thanks to our very knowledgeable guides and a volcanologist on summit day, we had the chance to learn about Mount Etna every step of the way. It was quite simply, awesome! The only question on my lips now is … what’s next???"
Helen MacKinnon, Etna Volcanic Adventure
"What a magical experience! I would definitely do it again and pray that I went with such a great bunch of people. Everyone brought something special to the group, all our different ages, shapes and sizes. I can still hear the laughter and see those wonderful views."
Desiree Hart, Great Wall Discovery
"A big thank you to all at Charity Challenge, from the moment I booked this trip up til the day I got home it was so well organised. Information on your website was spot on and I only had to call to check about my hairdryer!!,which everyone borrowed!! Items that i hired were in excellent condition and distributed well."
Louise Bucknell, Kilimanjaro Summit Climb
"Just a quick e-mail to thank you and Charity Challenge for such a fantastic experience on The Great Wall of china expedition in May. After the cancelled trip in April due to the ash cloud I must admit some of the initial enthusiasm have gone – but I needn’t have worried, it was the trip of a lifetime. Brilliant organisation by yourselves and wonderful accommodation and food.
It was everything I hoped for and more.
I cannot thank you enough and hopefully I will be back – when I’ve recovered! You are to be and will be, recommended."
Alison Fitzpatrick, Great Wall Discovery
"This is the first chance I have had since I came back from Cuba to thank you and all at Charity Challenge for what was one memorial trek. The guides (Alec & Asael) and doctor (Javier) in Cuba were wonderful people who looked after all of us as if we were family. I truly cannot praise them enough. The hotels we stayed in were 1st class and even when we camped out the accommodation war superb. I would recommend this trek to anyone I might actually do it myself again! I have been to Sinai, Peru and Borneo on treks but I found this one the most enlightening."
Margaret Burns, Escambray Encounter
"I have just returned from the Great Wall of China trek which I won in your capture your challenge photo competition with my picture from my 2008 Stok Kangri summit challenge.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for this most wonderful prize which by far exceeded all expectations I had.
The trek was made complete by the great and varied group of people which accompanied me. The staff both English and Chinese were equally professional and helpful as well as being good humored and encouraging.
Your company has had a most profound effect on my life since signing up to my first challenge, giving me direction and drive which I had long since lost."
Peter Henley, Great Wall Discovery
"I wanted to personally write to you and provide feedback on the Rajasthan Tiger challenge I took part in Feb 2010. This challenge was possibly the best and most humbling challenege I have ever taken part in, I loved every second of it but just wished it was longer then 10 days.
The challenge leader Sian Everingham was FANTASTIC, she looked after us unbelievably well.
The challenge was pretty tough at times but Sian made it so enjoyable for us even during the tougher times.
I would also like to say how fabulous all of her team were, the guides were fantastic and we have all kept in touch since. On other challenges I have been on (not with you) the guides have always kept themselves a little removed from the group, this was not the case on Sian's tour and we all felt like everybody was part of one team.
I can say this challenge has made me want to explore the whole of India on a bike and I just hope this dream can come true.
A personal thank you to Charity Challenges as well for being so helpful and informative through booking and leading up to the tour".
Eve McIlvaney, Rajasthan Tiger Challenge
“We definitely couldn’t have made the climb without Charity Challenge and we’ve been well taken care of and without these guys it wouldn’t have been possible. A big thank you and it’s been an amazing journey.”
Cheryl Cole, Kilimanjaro Summit Climb
“Charity Challenge organised and led the whole Kilimanjaro climb with great professionalism and made the almost impossible, totally achievable.”
Gary Barlow, Kilimanjaro Summit Climb
“The organization and overall friendliness from the team was outstanding and made it a great challenge.”
Gavin Bisdee, London to Paris Bike Ride
THANK YOU! What a fantastic experience! I have to say that the whole event was run so professionally with everything running like clockwork.
Linda Trew, Thailand Jungle Experience
"I just want to say what the Iceland challenge did for me as a person, I really want to thank you all for that. I have the medal and certificate on my wall and when I think I cannot do something I look at it and see that I can."
Theresa Moorin, Icelandic Lava Trek
"have just come back from my trek in China and it was amazing. Can't wait to book my next one!!!"
Kelly Kellaway, Great Wall Discovery
"My trips to India and Peru now rank as two of the best holidays of my life. Both were incredibly well planned, with real generosity, thoughtfulness, professionalism and style shown on the part of both yourselves and the ground handlers."
Jess Thompson, Andes to Amazon Bike Ride
"I just got back from completing the London- Paris bike ride last weekend which was fabulous. It far exceeded my expectations. It was very well organized and the team were fantastic."
Michaela Fogden, London to Paris Bike Ride
"I had an amazing time in Mongolia. Its a beautiful country with lovely people and horses, and, though the trip was quite challenging as expected, I enjoyed every minute."
Hannah Barnes, Mongolian Horse Ride
"The view each day as I opened my tent and saw the Himalaya's will stay with me for ever, truly amazing!"
Colin Orbell, Everest Base Camp
"Now we are back to reality I feel I have to write and thank Charity Challenge for our excellent trek on the Great Wall of China and the extension to see the Terracotta Warriors. The organisation cannot be faulted, and the trek ran like clockwork throughout. Our accommodation was really good and the food was amazing. Our Chinese guides were really knowledgeable and supportive, it was brilliant and I will remember my time in China with very fond memories."
Julia Hollimould, Great Wall Discovery
"The most exciting way to see a country! The people I met, the challenges I faced and the things I saw made this an all round amazing trip."
Reena Gopal, Cuban Revolution
"I have recently returned from the Make-A-Wish Thailand trip. I can honestly sum this trip up in one word AMAZING. From the start the trip was brilliantly executed from the moment we arrived at the airport to the when we arrived at the jungle"
Chantal Panto, Thailand Jungle Expedition
"The programme took a group of individuals and turned them into a really strong team with a common goal of making a difference to communities in need."
Had an excellent time, I would recommend this challenge to anyone without hesitation; trekking through beautiful scenery in a country very different from the UK, with all of the logistics taken care of and great guides too!
Christopher Rowley, Great Wall Discovery
"An amazing life changing experience, provided by a world class organization!"
Julie Brockbank, Stok Kangri Summit Climb
“What an experience! We wnjoyed a varied and interesting itinerary and met many locals people, as well as raising funds for our charity.”
Deborah Guerin, Thailand Jungle Experience
“This was a fantastic adventure. It pushed me to my limit both emotionally and physically, but I will look back and draw on the strenghths I gained from the experience for the rest of my life!”
Jane Kerindi, Kilimanjaro Summit Climb
"This was the most emotional adventure of my life! Exceeded my expectations! The knowledge that the guides shared, their patience, their attention and the tips they provided. The food was amazing!"
"This challenge is not about Machu Picchu, it is about the journey you take to arrive there and this journey was more than I could ever have imagined. Thank you to everyone at Charity Challenge."
"Hiking in the Andes was one of the most uplifting, spiritual and enjoyable times of my life. The group was fantastic and I would certainly look to do another Challenges in the future, Thank you !"
"It is a different way to travel - the best way!"
Twenty two participants finished the challenge. It's been an incredible journey with life long friendships and memories to last a lifetime. Together we raised approx $65k towards a future without breast cancer. Four survivors were a part of our team. Everyone was amazing. The chemistry of the team, our wonderful guides along with fantastic weather contributed towards everyone's success.
It's been an incredible journey and a privilege to be a part of this wonderful team.
I trekked through the Andes!
I can't believe I get to say that without crossing my fingers behind my back as if I've told a giant fib. I’m not someone who would call themselves athletic; in fact I have noodles for arms and an inhaler on standby in my back pocket. We went on a preliminary acclimatization hike one day before our pilgrimage to get us used to walking at such a high elevation and to say I became overwhelmed would be a tiny understatement. My confidence was shot. I didn't think I could do it without riding a donkey and being airlifted out of there. I pushed myself in ways I didn't know how and by the end of the experience I was leading the hike ahead of our guides through to the Sun Gate. The experience was gobsmacking. Every morning when we opened up our tent it felt like we were looking at some James Cameron green screen trick photography. I never could wrap my head around the fact that I was there. Perhaps that had something to do with the elevation but none the less our group for this charity challenge were just as thunderstruck. The nighttime sky was mesmerizing. Shooting stars, planets and constellations felt within arm’s reach. Even though we didn't speak the native language your quick to recognize that laughter is indeed universal. The local children were so playful and cheeky. One of my most favorite moments was handing over my Polaroid camera and having them take pictures of all their friends. Most of these children have never seen a photograph of themselves and were beyond giddy when I gave them the Polaroid’s to take home. It's so important as a visitor to respect the land and give something back to the communities. The indigenous people are shy, sweet and private. I am so grateful I got the chance to meet them all in the name of charity. The whole expedition was organized and run by Charity Challenge, a challenge event organizer that was working with the charity we were supporting. They were so helpful and always happy to answer our many questions. They even organized conference calls to make sure we knew everything we needed to know about what we were getting into. Things like equipment info, fitness training, altitude specific info, expected weather, a day by day breakdown etc., they gave it all to us. The support material they offered was also really fantastic. Everything we could have needed was at our fingertips. The itineraries, Q&A PDF’s, country fact files, equipment lists, training information and more. They were there every step of the way, right from the time of booking, up to departure, during the challenge (the Canadian representative came along) and even when we got home. They were a pleasure to work with and we’d definitely consider another challenge with them in the future.
I double dog dare anyone who's up for the challenge to live generously. Adventure awaits!!
"Just a thank you for all of your help. It was an awesome trip! The group was great, and Toni and his crew were unbelievable! We got spoiled rotten with delicious Meals, coca tea in bed (or sleeping bag) and there is not one thing I would have changed. The hike itself was perfect in every way and I loved especially day 3.
So a big thank you to all the Charity Challenge team who made this possible."
I will be back!!! I was a little freaked leaving but you made it so easy. And the trip was spectacular!
Although the climb was two months ago, the memory is still very fresh :)
I just wanted to say that Charity Challenge did a FANTASTIC job with the doctor and leader for the trip. Charlotte (the Doctor) was amazing and did such a fantastic job with everyone, it was really reassuring to have her there. Also, Aloyce the lead guide was extremely professional and kept us informed at all times. He did a great job maintaining a good pace for everyone.
Thanks again to you all at Charity Challenge for making this experience so seamless and such an enjoyable one.
My next goal is Everest base camp! :)