In 2010 and 2011, faced with both beautiful skies and torrential rain, staff from Explore competed in the Trailwalker challenge. Along with 500 other teams, Explore staff trekked 100 km in 30 hours across the South Downs to raise much needed money for Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust.
Trailwalker has been helping raise funds for Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust for many years. The money raised by the teams who took part in the challenge will ensure that Oxfam can continue its excellent work around the world and that Ghurkha villages have clean, safe drinking water and sanitation facilities.
Both years, Explore has entered four teams, made up of 16 Explore staff, customers, friends and family. Each member of the team trains for many months in preparation for the trek and helps towards the fundraising effort. In total, we have raised around £15,000 for the two teams - an achievement we’re pretty proud of!
Joanna Rolls, Senior Operations Manager for Explore, took part in Trailwalker in 2010 and 2011. In 2010, after 91 kilometres and 26 hours walking, Jo had to pull out of the challenge due to knee injuries – just 9 km off the end. Determined to get her medal, Jo went back the following year and successful walked the 100 km. Jo’s Trailwalker blog can be found here.
Further information on trailwalker can be found at www.oxfam.org.uk/trailwalker