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Chiltern Hills Hike

Join Centrepoint's 25km sponsored hike to give homeless young people a future.  

Saturday 5 October 2019

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Take on this 25km challenge in the stunning Chiltern Hills on Saturday 5 October to raise funds for homeless young people.

Registration fee £25
Fundraising target £175
Difficulty Moderate
Event info

Date: Saturday 5 October 2019
Region: Home Counties
Starting location: The Old Dairy, Restore Hope, Latimer Park Farm, Chesham, HP5 1TU
Finishing location: The Old Dairy, Restore Hope, Latimer Park Farm, Chesham, HP5 1TU
Distance: 25 km
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Registration fee: £25 
Fundraising target: £175

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The Challenge

Route

The trek is a 25 km circular route through the Chiltern Hills. The walk starts and finishes at The Old Dairy at Restore Hope in Chesham.  The event is easy to get to from London, and the nearest station is Chalfont and Latimer on the Metropolitan Line.

Itinerary

9:00am: Meet at Restore Hope, registration and refreshments
9:30am: Start
12:30pm: Lunch break
4:00pm: Back to Restore Hope for refreshments
4:30pm: Head home

Start Location

Restore Hope, Latimer Park Farm, Chesham, HP5 1TU

Restore Hope is a charity working with children, families and young people in challenging situations. They provide one-to-one and group family support and offer a wide range of life skills, personal development and educational courses. Their aim is to inspire, train and equip people with skills that will enable them to flourish.

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Team Centrepoint

By joining Team Centrepoint, you'll make a huge difference to the lives of homeless young people. As well as the satisfaction of completing a challenge, you'll receive: 

  • A comprehensive kit list to help you prepare
  • Fully trained guides to support you throughout the route
  • Regular newsletters and emails to keep you updated
  • Your very own Centrepoint t-shirt to wear with pride on the day
  • Dedicated support from the Centrepoint Events team to help with your online fundraising
  • Lots of resources to help you hit your target, including a fundraising pack, balloons, collecting tins and banners.

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FAQs

Where do we meet, and at what time?

We’ll meet at The Old Dairy, Restore Hope, Latimer Park Farm, Chesham, HP5 1TU. The nearest station is Chalfont and Latimer on the Metropolitan Line. There is free parking available on site if you would like to drive.

Registration will take place from 9:00-9:30am and everyone will set off together at 9:30am.

Is there parking available?

Yes there is parking available on site at Restore Hope. Please let us know if you will need a parking space.

How long will it take?

Walking at a steady and comfortable pace the route will take around six hours. If you need to take breaks or walk slower there will be a guide to accompany you.

How fit do I need to be?

This is a moderately challenging route that will take the average person six hours to complete. The fitter you are before the day, the easier you will find it. We will provide a training guide when you register to help you prepare.

What will the terrain be like?

We will hike on grass paths or gravel tracks, but also on some quiet roads, with road crossings. Some sections may be muddy. There are some hills, but the majority of the route is gently undulating.

How will I find my way along the route?

There will be expert guides accompanying you along the route at all times. On the day, you will also be given contact details for the guides in case you do get separated.

Is there an age limit?

All participants must be aged 16 and over on the day of the trek. Any participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

What if the weather is bad?

Unless there is extreme weather we will go ahead with the trek come rain or shine. We’ll send you a kit list when you register so you can prepare yourself for all types of weather.

What will I need to carry?

You will need to carry a rucksack filled with all your essential kit required for the challenge (e.g waterproofs, layers, water, sun cream, lunch and snacks). We will send you the kit list, so please take a look at this when packing for the day.

Make sure you have trained with the rucksack you will be carrying so that you’re confident it’s comfortable and can hold everything you need.

What are the toilet facilities?

There will be facilities at the start and finish and you will pass several pubs along the way.

Are there breaks on the route?

There will be planned breaks along the way which the guides will communicate to you on the day. There will be a designated lunch stop for around half an hour. If you need to stop at any other time, just tell the guides and they will arrange this for you.

What will I eat?

You should eat a filling breakfast before you set out in the morning. When you arrive there will be refreshments available including water, tea and coffee and a selection of light snacks.

You will provide your own lunch and snacks to keep you going along the route.

When you arrive at the finish line there will be more light refreshments provided.

Can a friend who isn’t signed up walk with me?

No. To ensure everyone has the best possible experience all trekkers must be registered with Centrepoint and fundraising for homeless young people.

Can I bring my dog?

No. We can't be sure all participants will be comfortable with dogs and landowners often ask not to bring dogs onto their lands.

Can I run?

No. This event is not a race and you won’t be able to run it. We’ll complete the trek together with accompanying guides.

How can I get a Centrepoint t-shirt to wear on the day?

We will ask you for your t-shirt size when you register and give you your Centrepoint t-shirt when you arrive on the day.

If you would like one sooner please email us at events@centrepoint.org.

How do I set up a fundraising page?

  1. Go to JustGiving.
  2. Click Fundraise for us and follow the step-by-step instructions.
  3. Personalise your page by adding a photo and explaining why you're supporting Centrepoint.
  4. Share the link to your page.

What training advice and support do you provide?

When you register we’ll send you a training pack and a kit list created by our professional guides.

I have an injury and now I can't take part. What should I do?

We're really sorry to hear that.  Please contact our Events team as soon as possible on events@centrepoint.org to let us know and we’ll discuss your options.

What happens if I don’t reach my fundraising target?

When you buy a Centrepoint charity place in an event, we ask you to reach a minimum fundraising target. The money you raise covers the cost of the event place and the administration fees Centrepoint have to pay for you to take part. It also helps us to deliver the services we provide to homeless young people.

If you're concerned you won’t reach your fundraising target, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. We're on hand to help you out with tips and ideas that will help you reach your target. We may be able to extend your deadline so that you have that little bit longer to fundraise.

I’m stuck for fundraising ideas. Can you help?

Of course! We're here to help you throughout your journey. Check out our fantastic fundraising resources and inspirational stories.

Once you’ve registered, we’ll also send you a fundraising pack. This has lots of handy tips to get you off to a great start.

How do I pay in my fundraising?

Head to the bank
You can pay cash directly into our bank account or make a bank transfer from your account.

Email us at events@centrepoint.org or call us on 0800 23 23 20 to get our bank details and let us know to look out for your donation.

If you have giving vouchers, such as a Charities Aid Foundation voucher, please post them directly to us as the bank will not be able to process them.

Pop to the post box
You can send cheques payable to Centrepoint to: Events and Community Fundraising team, Centrepoint, 25 Camperdown Street, London, E1 8DZ

Please complete and include any sponsorship forms so we can identify who the money is from.

Hop online
You can donate directly to your own online giving page and it will be sent directly to Centrepoint.

How do I get in touch with your team?

Have a question that isn't answered here? Contact our Events team and they’ll be happy to help.

Email: events@centrepoint.org
Phone: 0800 23 23 20

 

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