Are you willing to take on the challenge for Team Prospect?

Are you looking to challenge yourself in 2011? Fancy doing something you’ve never done before?

Then maybe you’d like to join Team Prospect, a new fundraising initiative by the Prospect Hospice which aims to bring people together from across the region to take on challenges, raise vital funds for the Hospice and have a lot of fun in the process.

Julie Brogan, fundraising officer, explained:

“Team Prospect is the name we’ve given to all the fantastic supporters who decide, every year, to run, swim, walk, cycle or take on some other kind of personal challenge to raise money for us.

“Anyone can join – all you’ve got to do is decide to do some kind of sponsored challenge. It doesn’t have to be extreme, or involve a lot of organisation, but it does have to be something that challenges you as an individual.

“A lot of our challenges are about getting people to do things they wouldn’t normally do, such as our Abseil for Prospect event – an 83 feet abseil from the top of the Don Rogers Stand at Swindon Town Football Club. Or maybe you could let your feet do the fundraising at our Just Dance event in November, or take part in one of our Parachute for Prospect days.”

“We also run, with the help of third party organisers, several overseas challenges, which are once in a lifetime opportunities to take on something extraordinary for a good cause. Among our challenges are a climb to the top of Kilamanjaro, a trek to Machu Picchu, a trip to walk along the Great Wall of China or a hike through the Himalayas to visit the home of the Dalai Lama.

“We also run challenges closer to home, such as a cycle ride from London to Paris. Whatever you do, we’ll support you in any way you can. We’ve got a fundraising pack, an A-Z of fundraising ideas, as well as lots of avenues to promote your challenge and help you make the most of your vital sponsorship campaign.

“We’re also looking for people to run the Swindon Half Marathon for us, and hope to have a biggroup of Team Prospect supporters taking part in the event. We’d welcome anyone to come and join us on the 9 October.”

But its not all about physically extreme challenges. Team Prospect have also run darts and pool marathons and long-distance wheelchair races which people of all ages and abilities have challenged themselves with. A list of challenges, including a fundraising booklet full of ideas that you could take on yourself are available on Prospect Hospice’s website.

So if you’re up for the challenge and want to be part of Team Prospect, why not contact Julie in the fundraising department? For more information please call the fundraising team on 01793 816161 or you can email juliebrogan@prospect-hospice.net or visit www.prospect-hospice.net/challenges

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