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2018 adventures

It’s cold, it’s dark and that new year’s resolution is already starting to lose its appeal. Need some motivation this January? Want to get adventurous in 2018? Be inspired by our incredible supporters last year!

Kayaking in the Lake District

sponsored kayak for charity

The largest natural lake in England, Lake Windermere was the setting for Harry, Judah and Joseph to raise money to bring safe water to communities in Africa. These three boys, aged between 8-10 years old, kayaked 18km and raised a magnificent £980.

Running for a reason

In April, the annual London Marathon saw a team of everyday heroes run to fight poverty and raise funds to build classrooms in Uganda. “Running the London Marathon as part of the Compassion Challenges team was an incredible experience – one we’ll never forget!” shares Elliot. “The support and encouragement throughout was truly overwhelming – it gave us the boost we needed to complete the 26.2 miles and will hopefully make a life-changing difference for children in Uganda.”

london marathon

If getting fit is your goal for this year, get adventurous in 2018 and sign up to one of our running challenges. From the Stirling Scottish Marathon to the 10 mile Great South Run, we’ve got the UK covered.

A Big Bike Challenge

With a love of cycling and a knack for alliteration, the Barrow Baptist Church held a Big Bike Challenge to raise funds for mosquito nets for families in poverty. It was a weekend of glorious cycling events from the serene River Ride to the intriguingly titled Soar Circular, raising an astonishing £9,404.

Further south, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey saw cyclists raise funds for Compassion.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

A year ago today, a group of people stepped out of the ordinary and onto a mountain. Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world, was conquered by intrepid travellers determined to challenge themselves and change lives in the process.

climb kilimanjaro hike

Rachel who conquered the Mount Kilimanjaro climb for Compassion, shares:


I did a Compassion Challenge because of exactly what it says on the tin. I love a challenge and I knew I was in safe hands with Compassion as well as the fact of wholeheartedly supporting Compassion’s vision.


What kept her going when it got tough? “I dug deep. The experience taught me so many skills which I have used in my daily life following the challenge. I remember thinking to myself ‘you are the only person that is going to get you down this mountain.’”

The difference that was made

In 2017, 230 children were sponsored, more than £168,000 was raised and nearly 4,700 miles was run/walked/cycled/kayaked/climbed. As a result of this hard work, toilets were built in Indonesia, solar power panels were installed in Uganda and HIV/AIDS treatment and education classes were provided in Tanzania plus much more.

thank you for fundraising

We couldn’t be prouder of our supporters. As we enter 2018, let us do so with the boldness and courage to dream big. Let us not be content to accept the status quo but push ourselves to change the world, one child at a time. In the words of Nelson Mandela:


It always seems impossible until it’s done.


Are you looking to do something extraordinary this year? Discover our Fundraising Challenges to find your next adventure. You don’t have to be super-fit to take part. Not only will you join an amazing community who will cheer you on every step of the way, you’ll also partner with us to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

Discover your 2018 adventure



WORDS : Roz Walsh

PHOTOS : Compassion UK


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