11/11/13 14:50 UPDATE:
CURRENTLY ALL PLACES ARE NOW FULL BOOKED. Please advise your interest as we are confirming the final numbers.
Please note this will be only be running now as a night challenge. Thanks
**Please note-To Be Part of the Challenge - YOU MUST SEND US THE REGISTRATION FORM - link below**
Challengers pack can be downloaded by clicking here:
Registration form can be downloaded by clicking here:
Once completed, simply email this to [masked].
Do you dare to take the Epping Forest Night Trek challenge to help raise much funds needed for Syria? Not just a physical challenge but one that will challenge your mental state of mind too!
Please note - As this event is being run as part of a fund-raising campaign. There is a nominal registration fee and fund-raising required. Details below
Epping forest is London largest open space with a wealth of history. Formerly a Royal forest it consist of over 2000 hectares of grassland, rivers, ponds and heath.
With a wealth of history that surrounds the woodlands of Epping Forest, this will be a challenge will aim to stimulate not just your physical but also your mental strength too!
The iHelp forest trek will take place in the beautiful but eerily location of Epping Forest deep into the woods. It’s going to be one hell of a challenge!
Are you ready for the iHelp Epping Forest Challenge?
The challenge will entail a 12km walk into the wild woods of Epping Forest over the period of 5 hours. You will trek through the woodland trailed with oak leaf flutters on the forest floor, along the crisp winds passing through the trees. No longer will be you be towered by city buildings but instead you will be surrounded by Oak and Birch trees dating hundreds of years.
Rich with history and with infamous events dating back hundreds of years, it’s easy to step back into time during your iHelp Trek in Epping Forest.
NIGHT ONLY CHALLENGE NOW AVAILABLE.
The trek will entail giant, gnarled oaks and hornbeams beginning to enclose the path so it will already feel like twilight even when the sun is beaming high. Wood pigeons, a flutter from squirrels along to forest floor is certainly an experience that comes from the vast woodland that provides a home to many.
The autumn breeze brings velvet carpets of moss, alien like fungi growing on tree trunk which is sure to make you wonder whether this in itself is another world you have embarked upon.
The sweet and crisp taste of the air will be instantly noticeable with your eyes emblazed by the sheer beauty of the woods.
By night you will almost forgot how times passes while senses are heightened by the scuffles in the woods. Caused by the winds as it passes through the trees, resulting in a path covered with stunning shades of golden bronze leaves and fallen tree bark.
Alone with your mental of state of mind, supported by the iHelp team throughout the journey;
It will be hard to forgot the rewards that will be followed for your commitment to end the suffering for so many as the journey through the wood progresses.
The number of Syrian refugees forced to flee the country has passed two million, and still more are struggling to survive inside Syria.
The crisis in Syria is the biggest humanitarian catastrophe of the 21st century. The conflict is now in its third year and the United Nations estimates that at least 100,000 people have died and the death toll continues to rise daily.
With the crisis showing no signs of abating and the numbers left homeless and seeking help continuing to increase, there is an urgent need for food supplies, non-food provisions, medicines and healthcare.
Islamic Help, through the generosity of its supporters, has supplied food and water for these children, plus books and Eid presents to bring a bit of joy into their lives. No matter how harsh or bleak their surroundings, or how uncertain their future, YOU will play a DIRECT ROLE and ensuing that children will be children by bringing a ray of sunshine into the lives of others with their smiles and laughter.
About Islamic Help
Islamic Help is a UK registered charity (Number[masked]) and international NGO established in 2003 by a group of young people determined to make a difference to the lives of those afflicted by poverty and suffering.
Islamic Help now works in over 20 countries and has offices in Birmingham, London, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sudan and Tanzania. Islamic Help remains a youth led and youth driven organisation but has at its helm experienced and dedicated leaders in the field of international development work.
Islamic Help prides itself too on its unique ability to marshal young people, many of whom are still in full time education, into the field of development work.
We are asking you to raise a minimum of £75 for Islamic Help to go towards the iHelp Syria Campaign. It will take time and planning to raise that amount of money, but we are here to help you with practical advice and ideas that we know will work.
The iHelp Epping Forest Challenge will take place on Saturday 16th November. Transportation will depart from Islamic Help office in London. All challengers will travel to deep into Epping Forest where you will walk on terrain of rocks, woodlands dating back hundreds of years.
The challenge will begin with a briefing at the London office at 237 Plashet Road, London E13 0UU. It is easily accessible by tube being a short walk from Upton Park Station.
Once the challenge has completed, we will return back to Islamic Help office where refreshment and whole hearted meal will be provided to help refuel and provide a period of reflection.
Simply decide on whether you will embark onto the day or night challenge. Itinerary is as per below.
iHelp Trek by Day: 0730 Briefing with completion and lunch aimed for 1400
iHelp Trek by Nigh: 1600 Briefing with completion and lunch aimed for 2230
Please note the itinerary may be subject to change.
Still screaming with excitement on taking part? We are absolutely thrilled to have you join us. You are simply 3 steps away from embarking on an amazing journey!
Step 1: Signup!
· Email [masked] with the for a challengers pack and registration form.
**Please message me with your email and I can send you the full challengers pack or alternatively email [masked]**
· Create your fundraising page. This can be done either via justgiving.com or virginmoneygiving.com
· Pay your registration fee as an initial donation (paypal option also available where relevant). Please note registration fees are non-refundable.
· Once registered you will also be able to access fundraising materials including:
Sponsorship forms, collection buckets, penny saver boxes, leaflets, Islamic Help t-shirts etc.
We have limited places and would advise you to register as soon as possible.
Registration Fee: £25
Minimum Fundraising Target £75
Step 2: Fundraising
· We have a wealth of information on innovative ways to promote your fundraising campaign. Refer to our fundraising section for more details in the provided challengers pack for more details.
Step 3: Get out there and complete the challenge!
· That’s all there is to it! See our challenger guide (to be sent to separately to interested members) of how to prepare for this and what you will need.
· iHelp challenges will be with you every step of the way.
To ensure that you get the best experience possible it is key that you have the right type of gear before embarking such a challenge. The guide below should help you get started here.
Ankle length trekking boots is strongly recommended to provide you the support you need on the day and to help you maximise the day.
If you do not have trekking boots, these can be acquired from around £20-40 for beginners boots that cover/support your ankle
Running trainers will also be suffice should this not be possible. The following is NOT suitable and really wont allow you to enjoy your experience: Sandals, high heels, flats, converses, general trainers/pilmsoles are really not suitable.
Combats trousers is ideal for treks. Other alternative would be tracksuit bottom. While leggings etc may be suffice, they often do not provide the same level of airlow/ drying ability with combats etc.
Jeans/fitted bottoms is NOT recommended. .
Layering is a term whereby several clothes layers is known to be more effective for keeping the body cool and warm then having a single layer of clothing. This approach is recommended as it will allow you to add and remove layers depending on your body temperature.
Quite simply a garment that will help wick sweat away.
Full sleeve top
This is worn ontop of the base layer to keep you cool. It is normally loosely fitted and sits ontop of the base layer.
Effectively, this is simply a very light jacket which is designed to break the wind and gives you the control to easily zip/unzip as you get hold/cold.
Waterproof Jacket: *This is Essential*
Please ensure you have a light waterproof jacket (with hood), even if the weather is great.
More than often it will stay in the bag, but preparation is key to maximise enjoyment.
Please come with a Rucksack that will sit on your back.
Handbags/carrier bags/ shoulder bags is not recommended and will simply not allow you to enjoy this fully.
Gloves, beanie hat (again as a just in case) and maybe even trekking poles/walking sticks.
If required all of these can be sourced at places such as Sports Direct, GoOutdoors Stores, Decathlon etc.
Please bring with you around 1.5l for the day/night trek.
Too much water will just weigh you down and too little will leave you dehydrated.
Small juice cartons will also do, but please avoid glass bottles, cans etc as these cannot be closed once opened
Fizzy drink/ Energy drinks (such as redbull) is also NOT ideal as it can result in bloatness while walking.
While Lunch/dinner will be provided after the trek, something to consume during your trek is key to keep your energised.
Please bring with you a good size sandwich/pasta etc.
Fillings such as chicken/tuna, cheese will do a great job re-energise you.
One should look to avoid spicy/chilly foods or particularly messy food that may not be easy to eat on the go.
A few chocolate/cereal bars is recommended to throw into your rucksack.
Even one or two sugar sweets is not a bad idea! (yes your read that right!)
Bananas and some dried fruits is also a good option.
Please avoid roasted nuts etc as these can often dehydrate you or snacks that are difficult to consume.