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Support Diverse Abilities in 2019

59036d3ead3678fa63dfd7feee6aa026.jpgDiverse Abilities is Dorset’s disability charity supporting children and adults with profound physical and learning disabilities since 1955.  This year you can take part or attend one of their diverse events to raise money for the charity.

Skydive 2019, 30th March 2019

Your challenge of free-falling will last for a few minutes, but for people we support and their families their challenges can be for a lifetime. With your help, they can be there to provide vital care and support to children and adults with physical and learning disabilities in Dorset.

With no previous experience required, your tandem skydive will provide you with the opportunity to freefall at either 10,000ft or 15,000ft whilst attached to a professional instructor. All tandem skydives include a magical 5 minute parachute ride across the Salisbury Plains where the awesome views include sites of prehistoric interest.

Dorset Neon Run, 27th April

The Dorset Neon Run is a 5k neon night run open to anyone over the age of 12 in the iconic Poole Park with the aim of having fun! Join up to 1,000 other neon runners and run, walk or skip the 5k route whilst lit up in neon face paint, glow sticks, glow bracelets and fluorescent tutus – whatever takes your fancy – before returning to show off your bling under UV lights and shake your thing to music at the end.

Wing Walk, 2nd June

Experience a one of a kind thrill by taking on 4a1ecf4a30921362ff732572e7a3c7b5.jpga wing walk whilst raising vital funds to support children and adults living with disabilities. 

Flown by a fully qualified wing walking display pilot, you’ll get the opportunity to complete flypasts, zoom climbs, steep dives and banks in front of friends and family with speeds of up to 120mph.

The challenge lasts for 10 minutes and you’ll be provided with a comprehensive safety briefing by the flying team before you’re then strapped into your harness to begin your adventure.

Ride London, 4th August

Starting in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and then continuing on a 100-mile route through Central London and the stunning countryside of Surrey, you’ll then return to the iconic crowds of London with a final finish via The Mall.

Celebrity Rugby Lunch, 13th September

2019’s scrum and swing low at Hoburne Holiday Park, Christchurch.

Since the event started in 2010, more than £197,000 has been raised for the charity and in the past they have welcomed celebrity guests including Paul Rendall, David Duckham MBE, Jeff Probyn, David Flatman and Conor O’Shea.

Your ticket includes:

  • Networking drinks reception
  • A three course meal
  • Auction
  • Raffle
  • Entertainment
  • Listen to great anecdotes and life stories from our celebrity speakers (TBA for 2019)

Dorset 3 Peaks Challenge, 14th September

Join their qualified trekking leaders for a challenging 12-hour trek with stunning views across the beautiful Dorset countryside, taking in the three highest County peaks across the Wessex Ridgeway and covering a cumulative ascent of fac5a5f57bc43e819ea756dff794fd95.jpg1,357m (more than the ascent of Ben Nevis!).

To find out more about the challenge and to see the itinerary, check out the Events Guide.

Bournemouth Marathon, 5th-6th October

This epic running festival brings together a range of distances all with a picturesque finish along Bournemouth’s beautiful coastline. With a choice of 8 distances to choose from, you’re bound to find something for you.

With every step you take, you will be transforming the lives of children and adults living with physical and learning disabilities in Dorset.

Charity Place
Click here for more information or to register for your free charity place in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival. Sponsorship targets vary depending on distance.

Sahara Challenge, February 2020

Rediscover true adventure in the awe-inspiring Sahara Desert.

This five day trek covers 100km passing through Morocco’s forbidding landscape punctuated by peaks, gorges, dunes and oases. At night, sleep under Africa’s star strewn skies and enjoy traditional Berber hospitality.

Taking place 16- 23 February 2020, you’ll be in for a challenging, unforgiving, and life-changing experience.

The costs of your challenge

There are two options which you can choose from for this challenge:

Self-funder: Pay a registration of £195 when you book, then pay a further balance of £1250 no later than 8 weeks prior to your challenge. By choosing this option, they ask you to raise as much as you can. As you have covered the full cost of the challenge, 100% 8aba59c75c823a0c5bb2bfc03e6a51e7.jpgof fundraising will come to Diverse Abilities.

Sponsorship opportunity: Pay a registration fee of £195 when you book. With this option you must raise a minimum of £2600 for Diverse Abilities.

Other Information

This trek is being organised in partnership with Charity Challenge. Please be aware there will also be other fundraisers on the challenge walking for another charity – The Dame Hannah Rogers Trust.

For more details of all Diverse Abilities work and events go to

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