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Posts Tagged ‘No Ego Challenge’

Charity begins in Preston for Mud Challenge

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Local charities from around Lancashire are joining the fun in the Preston’s first No Ego Urban Challenge on 14th September at Brockholes, to raise money for good causes around the county.

Organisers from the 10K adventure race are encouraging teams to join forces, dress up and get ready to take on a 10K course full of gruelling obstacles, mud, water, sweat and (hopefully not too many) tears.  The race is not for the feint hearted and is a test of strength and stamina; however a great opportunity for people to raise cash for local good causes and charities that matter to them.

No Ego Challenge has teamed up with several charities in and around Preston who are enlisting teams to run the challenge to raise greatly needed funds.

Charities include:
•    Katy Homes Trust, a charity dedicated to raising awareness of paediatric brain tumours in memory of 10 year old Katy Holmes.  The charity is currently funding a 3 year project into paediatric brain tumours at the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre, looking at relatively new medicines and how they switch on and off DNA in the brain stem.  Research is VERY expensive and very much in need so they intend to keep fundraising because the more they raise the more they can fund the research.

•    Derian House who provide children’s palliative and respite care, and currently support more than 300 families who have a child with a life shortening illness, and a further 200 who are receiving bereavement support. The cost of providing this high level of care and support will be in excess of £2.9 million this year.  In the absence of any significant statutory funding, most of that money will come from the generosity of our friends and supporters in the community and through our own fundraising efforts, such as running the No Ego Challenge.

•    Reuben’s Retreat, a charity in memory of a little boy who sadly passed away in August 2012 after a short battle with a rare and aggressive cancerous brain tumour.  The support the family encountered, the families they met and the staff that cared for him along the way inspired them to launch a charity in Reuben’s memory.  The primary goal of the charity is to open a countryside retreat in the North West of England, where families who have a child suffering with a life limiting or life threatening illness can take respite breaks.  The retreat will also serve as a bereavement, counselling and support centre for parents and siblings that have lost a child.   The charity is aiming to raise £1 million by July 2014 and is currently well on the way; hopefully by running the No Ego Challenge they can raise even more to go towards this good cause.

•    St Catherine’s Hospice, a charity which exists to help patients and their families in Central Lancashire enjoy the best possible quality of life in the face of a life-limiting illness.  Community and fundraising events like the No Ego Challenge help them raise more than 70 per cent of the £5m it costs to run the hospice for a year.

•    The multi-sensory room at Preston’s SPACE Centre; which offers a flexible environment for families, carers, therapists and teachers.  SPACE caters for people with a wide range of disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Profound Multiple Disabilities, Autism and brain injuries.  Unfortunately the future of SPACE hangs in the balance after it thought it had secured £800,000 in grants, only to find out they never existed.

Brian Lee, organiser of the No Ego Challenge comments,
“I worked with a lot of charities on soccer events in the USA and found that it was so much more rewarding helping good causes that were close to home.  With the No Ego Challenge we really wanted to support local charities who we could build up good relationships with, rather than large UK wide charities.  By working with local charities we can actually see where all the money raised by competitors is going and know that it is helping our local community.”

Fundraising for events like this can have a significant impact on individual charities whose operating costs run into hundreds of thousands of pounds a year.  The No Ego Challenge team not only want to help their partner charities, but encourage other charities, organisations, businesses and clubs to join in and get teams together to help raise lots of money.  By entering a team the entry fees are reduced by up to 28% depending on the number of people per team and entry date.

Competitors can find out more and enter online through the No Ego Challenge website www.noegochallenge.com

Cougars gear up for Carlisle’s first Urban Challenge

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Local ladies rugby team, The Cougars, prepare for the coming season with some pre-season training by entering the No Ego Challenge on the 21st July.  The team, who play in the Championship North 1 hope to raise money for the club and inspire others to get involved in playing ladies rugby.

The Carlisle Cougars ladies team travel throughout the UK, but are looking to recruit some fresh faces to join the team, after a number of players moved on after last season; one player even lured by the prospect of playing International Rugby.   With this in mind Cougar’s chairman Charlie Brown jumped at the chance to be involved with the ‘No Ego Urban Challenge’ which is the first of its kind to hit Cumbria.

The Urban Challenge is a high adrenaline 10K adventure/obstacle race set in and around the historical city; unlike other popular ‘mud’ races, this one does not take place in a muddy field, but in a city landscape.  The Challenge includes over twenty obstacles which include climbing trucks, tackling tyre mazes and plunging into freezing water tanks.  The No Ego Urban Challenge course will follow a route from the Sheepmount Stadium, past the River Eden and through Rickerby Park; taking in some other well know sites around the city, including Carlisle United’s Brunton Park, in which competitors will contend with multiple terrains ranging from flat tarmac to slippery mud hills.

Several of the Cougars have accepted the challenge and are going to run the race, using it as some pre-season training. Other team members have decided that being an obstacle is more their thing and are going to form part of the final obstacle to be revealed on the day; helping or hindering their fellow team mates.

The Cougars will join other local sports teams at race HQ and hope that their presence on the day may inspire other women to join the team and give rugby a try. Experience is not necessary and age should be no barrier, the team consists of housewives to doctors and vets, with an age range of 18-42!

Cougars captain Hannah Sherlock says

“Rugby is for everyone, whether you are super fit and looking for a different challenge or out of shape and want to get fit, it’s about having fun”.

The league sees the Cougars travel across the UK and travel proves to be the most expensive outlay for the team; therefore the No Ego Challenge is proving a good way for the team to raise extra money to ensure they make it to their matches.  The ladies spend a lot of time fund raising and in addition this year they hope to get sponsorship and raise funds to buy a new kit; with 3 seasons of wear and tear on a rugby pitch their current kit is looking a little battered!

Fundraising for events like this can have a significant impact on groups or charities whose operating costs run into hundreds of thousands of pounds a year.  The No Ego Challenge team not only want to help their partner charities, but encourage other charities, organisations, businesses and clubs to join in and get teams together to help raise lots of money.  By entering a team the entry fees are reduced by up to 28% depending on the number of people per team and entry date.  Competitors also receive a 50% discount on a second race in 2013.

Other races lined up for 2012 include a Mud Challenge in Preston on 14th September and the second Mud Challenge at Greystoke Castle on 26th October.  Dates of a Northumbria based race are to be confirmed and competitors are advised to keep checking the No Ego Challenge website www.noegochallenge.com

Charity begins in Cumbria for Urban Challenge

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Local charities from around Cumbria are joining the fun in the UK’s first No Ego Urban Challenge to raise money for good causes around the county.

Organisers from the 10K adventure race are encouraging teams to join forces, dress up and get ready to take on a 10K course full of gruelling obstacles, mud, water, sweat and (hopefully not too many) tears. The race is not for the feint hearted and is a test of strength and stamina; however a great opportunity for people to raise cash for local good causes and charities that matter to them.

No Ego Challenge has teamed up with local radio station CFM as their media partner, who is enlisting teams to run the challenge in aid of their charity Cash for Kids. Cash for Kids provides a helping hand to disabled and disadvantaged children in Cumbria & South West Scotland. Each year they raise thousands of pounds which enable them to deliver initiatives for sick and underprivileged children in our communities, to benefit local children and give the neediest a better and brighter future.

Di Campbell from CFM Radio’s Cash for Kids comments,

We are looking forward to getting involved in the No Ego Challenge and raising lots of money for local children. What’s raised locally, stays locally, so I’m still working on convincing the staff at CFM to put a team together, but we have lots of supporters in the area, who have raised money for our charity in the first No Ego Challenge in Penrith and I’m positive we can raise lots of money to help children in our area.”

Organisers of the race are excited that the CFM crew will be on hand on the day helping add some atmosphere to the event and race HQ as well as raising lots of money for this very worthy cause. Courage the Cat will also be on hand for welcoming weary competitors over the finish line.

As well as CFM Radio’s Cash for Kids, the No Ego Challenge team has been receiving entries from teams raising money for other charities across the county including Eden Valley Hospice and the Olivia Story Trust. Eden Valley Hospice is a charity dedicated to providing specialist care to adults from the local area and children throughout Cumbria, as well as caring for their families, friends and carers.

Olivia Story contracted meningococcal septicaemia when she was 2. Her organs failed and she was very close to death, her heart stopped and her parents thought they had lost her. 3 of her limbs turned black and were amputated to save her life. Fortunately she survived. Olivia’s trust was set up to help her family buy the very expensive limbs and equipment Olivia needs.

Brian Lee, organiser of the No Ego Challenge is originally from Cockermouth and working with local suppliers, businesses and charities is top priority for him,

I worked with a lot of charities on soccer events in the USA and found that it was so much more rewarding helping good causes that were close to home. With the No Ego Challenge we really wanted to support local charities who we could build up good relationships with, rather than large UK wide charities. By working with local charities we can actually see where all the money raised by competitors is going and know that it is helping our local community.”

Fundraising for events like this can have a significant impact on individual charities whose operating costs run into hundreds of thousands of pounds a year. The No Ego Challenge team not only want to help their partner charities, but encourage other charities, organisations, businesses and clubs to join in and get teams together to help raise lots of money. By entering a team the entry fees are reduced by up to 28% depending on the number of people per team and entry date. Competitors also receive a 50% discount on a second race in 2013.

Other races lined up for 2012 include a Mud Challenge in Preston on 14th September and the second Mud Challenge at Greystoke Castle on 26th October. Dates of a Northumbria based race are to be confirmed and competitors are advised to keep checking the No Ego Challenge website www.noegochallenge.com