Scotland's Hospices Together Launch Arctic Trek Challenge
Highland Hospice is delighted to be among several hospices participating in an Arctic trek next year, a challenge where people from across Scotland will come together to raise funds for their chosen hospice.
Organised by the Scotland’s Hospices Together partnership, the challenge involves trekking nearly 70km over three days in temperatures as low as -30℃ degrees, dragging equipment behind you in a pulk, and sleeping in tents in the Arctic Circle.
Taking place from 5th to 10th March 2020, participants will head to Rovaniemi in Finland before beginning the three day adventure. Although not for the faint-hearted, the Arctic trek is consistently considered “the best challenge ever” where people will make friends for life, take home memories that no picture can quite capture, and become part of something very few others will experience in their lifetime.
The personal achievement upon crossing the ‘Finnish line’ is not the only thing to celebrate, there is, importantly, also the fact that you will be helping Highland Hospice continue to provide free, person-centred, palliative and end-of-life care and support to hundreds of patients and families.
In addition to the tougher side of the challenge, there will be the opportunity to tick off a few popular bucket list items; see some of the world’s most breath-taking scenery and glistening snowdrifts, spend a night in the world famous Arctic Snow Hotel and potentially catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. However, there is no guarantee that participants will get to meet Santa Claus when visiting Rovaniemi – his official hometown that celebrates Christmas every day of the year.
Highland Hospice Community Fundraiser Katie Gibb said, “We are delighted to be participating in this exciting challenge which offers a memorable yet tough experience for anyone who signs up to it. What greater accolade can there be than to be described as “the best challenge ever”, plus this is a perfect opportunity to meet people from across the country who also feel passionate about the importance of hospice care. It would be great to see some yellow t-shirts out there representing Highland Hospice!”
Highland Hospice supporters who sign up for the trek will join supporters of ACCORD Hospice, Ardgowan Hospice, Ayrshire Hospice, Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS), The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice and St Columba’s Hospice.
Participants pay a non-refundable deposit of £350 at the time of booking and can choose between a self-funded or minimum fundraising option.