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Arctic Challenge for Charity

Rachel Turner, 26, from Bournemouth, is taking part in a chilly but rewarding adventure in aid of Dorset-based charity Diverse Abilities. Next year Rachel will be setting off to Sweden from 9 – 17 January to take part in the Arctic Challenge and raise funds for the charity that supports children and adults with disabilities in the whole of the county.

During the adventure challenge Rachel will have the chance to live in a cold environment and satisfy her survival instinct. The seven day event includes taking part in husky driving, snowmobiling safari around the mountains, ice fishing, cross country skiing, building shelters and snow-holes and much more. Plus get the chance to see the Northern Lights – a once in-a-lifetime experience! The week finishes with a day of rest and relaxation where you can recuperate in a hot tub (Swedish style) and a sauna, and enjoy a BBQ.

Rachel decided to take part in this challenge as she wanted to raise funds for the charity that has supported her brother, Sam aged 24, for the past ten years. Sam has been supported by Barnabas – the day opportunities service and Smithers and Shapes – the short break and home support provision.

She said: “I was looking for an opportunity to gain confidence, get out of my comfort zone, try something new and to help others at the same time. Raising money for Diverse Abilities Plus is very personal to me as my brother uses a number of the services provided by the charity. I am very excited to be taking part and hope others from the Dorset join me.”

To date Rachel has raised £690.00. As part of her fundraising she has held a disco for those with disabilities at the Orange Rooms in Bournemouth but is looking to raise more funds. If you would like to sponsor her please visit

Sally Hobbs, from Poole, undertook the Arctic Challenge this year and works for Diverse Abilities. She said: “I love raising money for Diverse Abilities as it is such a worthy cause and it is great to see how fundraisers can help children and adults supported by the charity. I have previously undertaken a skydive, been part of the Harry Paye Day parade and Grooves on the Green but I wanted to do something much bigger and the Arctic Challenge was perfect. The whole trip was amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I would definitely recommend it to anyone!”

Entry is £200 and minimum sponsorship is £2,750. Diverse Abilities provides full support prior to the event and ideas for fundraising to help those taking part reach their target. Those that sign up will also partake in a free pre-arctic survival training weekend in Devon in November 2014.

Diverse Abilities is looking for eager individuals to join her in this winter wonderland experience. For further information please contact Sharon Wells on 01202 718266 or email

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