Castaways survive challenge and raise funds for Diverse Abilities Plus
SURVIVORS of the second Castaway Challenge, organised by Diverse Abilities Plus, have returned to their home comforts after a gruelling five day survival challenge of a lifetime. The event saw them stranded at a secret location on the south coast, in aid of the Dorset-based charity disability charity.
The challenge saw nine castaways, ranging from complete novices to outdoor enthusiasts, swap life’s luxuries for bare basics as they learnt vital bush-crafting skills at a picturesque beach and woodland location. Survivors built their own shelter, purified water, lit fires and foraged for dinner as part of the survival challenge to raise funds to continue supporting children, adults and their families in Dorset.
The challenge kept survivors occupied from dusk until dawn with a variety of fun activities including learning valuable survival techniques, building a natural shelter, fire lighting techniques, sea life-raft survival skills training, navigating by the stars, sea fishing and much more. Castaways were taught all there is to know about survival techniques while enjoying group activities and sharing once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
The event was generously supported by local businesses, including Powerboat Training UK who provided powerboats as transport from Cobbs Quay to the secret location and home again, Sydenhams kindly donated wood for the fire and Travis Perkins donated the poles for the shelters. The Cumberland Hotel, Bournemouth, kindly provided a place to stay the night before the Castaway Challenge began and a buffet for the group at the end of the challenge.
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Sharon Wells, Events for Diverse Abilities Plus, said: “Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and had lots of fun. The participants did really well and spirits remained very high. Everyone bonded well as a team and there were lots on laughs along the way.”
Participant Amy Kerr, a solicitor at Coffin Mew, said: “The Castaway Challenge for Diverse Abilities Plus has been a real eye opener. I learnt invaluable skills over the five days and a great deal about myself. I have raised money for a very worthy cause. I would recommend anyway taking part in the challenge, it’s not easy but the team do make it fun and are always there to support you. I also hope to stay in touch with my camp mates as we now share a special survival bond! Next step the Arctic Challenge…well maybe!”
Fellow survivor Matt Johnson commented: “What a great week. I could not have asked for a better bunch of people to be stranded with! I have learnt so much and made some great friends.” While James Harris said: “The challenge was organised extremely well. Sharon was at the castaway location with us for the entire time and she was always there to talk to and give support if needed. I think the work the charity do is great and I’m definitely going to be doing more fundraising events for them. I would recommend doing the castaway challenge to anyone; it really is an experience of a lifetime.”
Next year’s Castaway Challenge is taking place from Saturday 20 September to Wednesday 24 September 2014. Or if you wish to take part in an overseas event, for example the Arctic Survival Challenge or Sahara Trek, please contact Sharon Wells on 01202 718266 or email email@example.com for further information.
To find out more about Diverse Abilities Plus or find what other events are taking place that you can get involved in visit www.diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk/events