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Fundraising challenges are great for bringing people together to support your charity. We partner with local, regional and national charities and can help you to run a great event that encourages your supporters to get involved, raise funds and promote your vision and values.

Upcoming Fundraising Challenges

Plus Icon 23rd March 2019 - Superhero Abseil in support of St. Gemma's Hospice

We're calling adrenaline junkies dare the drop and join us for Leeds Tallest Abseil! Abseil from the CLV building in Arena Village in Leeds city centre, formerly known as the Opal Tower, which is a whopping 300 feet high.

This is the third highest building in all of Leeds and one of the tallest buildings in the North of England!

Whether you're taking part as an individual, in a group, or with work colleagues, this challenge promises to thrill and impress! 

St. Gemma's are hoping to raise an abseil-utely incredible £11,000 from this event! So if you’ve always dreamed of being a real-life superhero and scaling your way down a building then this is the quest for you. Fancy dress is optional, but this is a fantastic opportunity to be as creative as you like and join in the fun.

Registration is just £35 and they ask that you aim to raise at least £200 for St Gemma's Hospice. Please note participants must be aged 16 and over.

Every participant will receive step by step help and support from a professional fundraiser at St Gemma's Hospice and a fantastic superhero fundraising pack.

For more information contact Pete on petew@st-gemma.co.uk or 0113 218 5505.

Our international volunteers will abseil down Portland building at city campus to raise money for our international volunteering projects.

Please pay £10 to secure your place on the abseil. This fee enables us to cover the costs of hosting the abseil, and provides you with a fantastic opportunity to fundraise for your chosen charity.

To book your place please click HERE

Plus Icon 11th May 2019 - Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge in support of Leeds Beckett University International Volunteering

Our international volunteers will take on the peaks of Pen-y-Ghant, Whernside and Ingleborough covering 24.5 miles to raise money for our international volunteering projects. These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Please pay £35 to secure your place. This fee enables us to cover the costs of hosting the event, and provides you with a fantastic opportunity to fundraise for your chosen charity. All groups will be accompanied by a mountain guide and have access to checkpoints along the way.

To book your place please click HERE

RC smallDescend from 115 feet on the South West Tower of Ripon Cathedral in this unique opportunity to experience rarely seen views over the city of Ripon.

All in aid of Ripon Cathedral Renewed: Supporting the development plans for a 21st Century Yorkshire Cathedral.

Spaces are very limited and due to sell out quickly due to high demand.

You can sign up online for just £22.50 (non-refundable) which includes a fundraising pack,to help you start your sponsorship and a medal on completion.

Alternatively, you can pay for a guaranteed place for £200 with no admin fee.

Friends and family can come along to the Spectator’s Area outside the cathedral during the day on Saturday 18th May and watch the abseiler’s descend. Hot drinks, refreshments and children’s activities running throughout the day, there is something for all ages!

Click HERE to book your place

CHSF smallJoin Childrens Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF) in their first ever charity abseil, brand new for 2019!

Abseiling is a fantastic challenge suitable for everyone, with no previous experience or skills required.

Abseil your way down the 100ft Portland Building and help raise vital funds for CHSF.

Cost: £15 booking fee and a minimum sponsorship target of £150

Age limit: age 13 and up

Address: Portland Building, Portland Way, Leeds, LS1 3ES

Booking for this event will open in January 2019. To register your interest, please email: events@chsf.org.uk
Plus Icon 22nd June 2019 - Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge in support of St. Gemma's Hospice

Carnegie Great Outdoors (CGO) have teamed up with St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds to recruit people to get hiking for the hospice and test their stamina against the Yorkshire Three Peaks. St Gemma’s need as many hikers as possible for the event on the 22nd of June to help raise thousands of pounds for patients in Leeds!

Registration includes:
  • Water and snack stations at key points along the route – less for you to carry!
  • A dedicated, experienced mountain guide per group of 10 walkers
  • A St Gemma’s Hospice branded sports vest
  • Medal and certificate
  • Information pack including kit list
  • Help with training advice
  • Fundraising pack
We ask that everyone taking parts raises a minimum of £200 in sponorship. This will support the important work of the Hospice, caring for patients who are coping with life limiting or terminal illness. With your fundraising pack and our support we will give you all the help you need to reach this goal.

Information Evening - Tuesday 5 March
If you're interested in taking on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks come along to our free information evening. Taking place on Tuesday 5 March from 6pm at the Hospice, this will be a chance to find out everything you need to know about the challenge.

The Carnegie Great Outdoors team and fundraisers from St Gemma's will be on hand to talk you through the walk, plus you'll get the chance to hear from someone who has taken part in the past. There's no obligation to sign up, simply come along to discover more. 

If you are planning to come to the information evening or for more details, please contact Maria on maria.white@st-gemma.co.uk or call 0113 218 5196.

Click HERE to book your place

Plus Icon 23rd June 2019 - Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge in support of the YHA

Youth Hostel Association (YHA)Carnegie Great Outdoors (CGO) have teamed up with the Youth Hostels Association (YHA) to recruit people to get hiking for them and test their stamina against the Yorkshire Three Peaks. The YHA need as many hikers as possible for the event on the 23rd of June to help raise thousands of pounds to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds enjoy a real adventure.

Registration includes:
  • A dedicated, experienced mountain guide per group of 10 walkers
  • Information pack including kit list
  • Help with training advice
  • Fundraising pack

Please email CGOFundraising@leedsbeckett.ac.uk to register your interest.

Plus Icon 8th June 2019 - Yorkshire Family Peak Challenge in support of Physcap

PhyscapThis challenge will see participants climb the Ingleborough, part of the Pennine range, and the second highest peak in the Yorkshire Dales located within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The walk starts from Clapham and is a circular route to return. The route passes through Ingleborough Hall, past the Show Caves and ascends through Trow Gill with the opportunity to view Gaping Gill, the country’s largest pothole. At the summit, participants will be able (on a clear day!) to see Morecambe Bay, the Isle of Man and the Lake District. Depending on group’s preferences there are two-three descents to vary the journey.

This is a popular challenge, which requires a good level of fitness, and some advanced training in preparation but is suitable for a wider range of participants and ideal for a family challenge. The walk is approximately 10 miles (17km) and the ascent is 661m.

CGO will provide experienced Mountain Leaders to ensure the safety of the client’s team, guiding participants to walk the route. The Mountain Leaders take responsibility for the navigation, safety, well-being and motivation of the group.

Booking details coming soon!

Our Challenges

Plus Icon Walking Challenges

No previous experience is necessary for our walking challenges, however, good health and reasonable fitness are essential. We can provide training plans to assist with personal preparation.

Yorkshire Three Peaks

Starting in Horton-in-Ribblesdale at the crack of dawn, participants will navigate 24 miles through the stunning countryside of the Yorkshire Dales to climb Yorkshire’s finest peaks – Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. An ideal walk for small and large groups, it is a fantastic team building exercise and hugely rewarding whether one, two or all three peaks are completed. The aim is to complete all three peaks within 12 hours.

National Three Peaks

Climb the three highest national peaks. Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Ben Nevis in Scotland. Participants can attempt to complete all three peaks within 24-hours, or alternatively complete over a long weekend. This is a testing but hugely popular challenge which requires a high level of fitness and some advanced training in preparation. Sleep deprivation is a factor to consider as this will increase the difficulty.

Leeds Country Way – 24 Hour

A unique challenge to walk the 62 miles long footpath around Leeds that takes you through the beautiful countryside and villages surrounding the city. The route starts at Golden Acre Park in North Leeds and goes in a clockwise direction through Barwick-in-Elmet, Carlton, Cockersdale and back to Golden Acre Park.


Edale Skyline Challenge

This classic Peak District challenge enables challenge participants to ascend several summits on a circular walk surrounding the beautiful Vale of Edale. A challenging route of 21.2 miles with a tough 1,355m (4448ft) of ascent requiring a good level of fitness and lots of determination.

Highlights of this route include Lose Hill, Back Tor, Mam Tor, Rushup Edge, Brown Knoll, Kinder Scout southern edge and Win Hill. The Edale Skyline challenge route takes in the Dark Peak’s highest ridges, trails and summits.


Hadrian’s Wall

Retrace the ancient Roman paths of Hadrian’s Wall on this outstanding 26 mile walk. Participants will start at the Brocolitia Roman Fort and trek along the remaining sections of Hadrian’s Wall admiring the striking scenery, fabulous views and ancient monuments as they travel through the Northumberland National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. This challenge will take 12+ hours.

Plus Icon Abseil Challenges

Abseiling is a fantastic challenge suitable for everyone, with no previous experience or skills required. It is an adrenaline fuelled activity involving controlled movement down a rope to descend down a rock face or high building.

A charity abseil is a great way to raise money for charity and can generate between £5,000 and £40,000 per day depending on the number of participants. This challenge is suitable for anyone aged 13+ years regardless of ability.

Our qualified instructors will support and encourage participants as they enjoy the exhilaration of stepping over the edge and leaning back. Everyone will be taught the techniques to control descent safely and all equipment will be provided. 

Carnegie Great Outdoors will provide all the equipment and technical expertise required for the abseil, either at our 100ft Portland Building in Leeds City Centre or at a location of your choice (subject to a risk assessment). At some venues, we will be able to run multiple abseil lines simultaneously, meaning participants can descend together to provide moral support. You can also boost the fun by encouraging everyone to wear fancy dress or promotional costumes.

Plus Icon Cycling Challenges

Experience required.Cycling challenges

Coast to Coast – Way of the Roses

Morecambe to Bridlington


Cycle 170 miles from Morecambe on the North West Coast to Bridlington in the East, taking in some of the region’s most breath-taking views and scenery along the way. The Way of the Roses is a special cycle route built to celebrate 15 years of the National Cycle Network and travels through Morecambe, Lancaster, Settle, Cracoe, Pateley Bridge, Ripon, Boroughbridge, York, Pocklington, Driffield and Bridlington.

A challenging route for experienced cyclists consisting of a variety of terrain including traffic free paths, on-road cycle lanes, country lanes and quieter roads. Complete over a day, weekend, or three days.

Coast to Coast – Mountain Bike Route

Whitehaven to Newcastle


Cycle through some of the most dramatic scenery England has to offer on this classic three day mountain bike ride from West to East. Departing from Whitehaven in Cumbria, this challenging route covers 140 miles ending at the North Sea. There are some big technical ascents and descents in the Eden Valley and some fabulous sights to see when cycling through the former mining towns and the Roman Forts of Hadrian’s Wall along the way.


Tour de Yorkshire Ride

The Tour de Yorkshire is an approved international cycle race. The course can now be completed with three distance options to choose from: 25 miles, 50 miles, or 72 miles. Each of the routes feature much of the Tour de Yorkshire route with a number of challenging climbs and spectacular Yorkshire views.


Leaving Roundhay Park in Leeds, participants will climb Pool Bank and head towards Sowerby Bridge at the start of the 72 mile route. They will then join the pro route at Mytholmroyd and go up the 2014 Tour de France King of the Mountains Cote De Oxenhope Moor, which will take you them in the opposite direction.


This is a real test of stamina with over 4 miles of near continuous climbing. The route then progresses through the quaint village of Haworth and over the cobbled stones. This scene is one of the most iconic images of the Tour de France Grand Depart. Riders will then climb 150 metres from Laycock to Sutton-in-Craven, before reaching the villages of Addingham and Ilkley.


Those on the long and medium routes will take on the Cow and Calf climb before the East Chevin Climb, after which all remaining energy will be required to tackle the short but very steep Black Hill Road. The Tour de Yorkshire Ride culminates back at Roundhay Park.

Plus Icon Bespoke Challenges

Our walking, cycling and abseiling challenges are a great way to raise money. However, we recognise that your fundraising event is unique to you, your vision, objectives and supporters. That is why we are open to new ideas to enable you to pick and choose your perfect challenge. 


Have an idea but need help with the finer details? We are experts in outdoor adventure and can consult with you to develop your fundraising challenge. There is no need to worry about the time consuming task of logistics – we will take this off your hands allowing you to focus on marketing the event to your supporters.


The pricing for bespoke fundraising challenges will depend on the location, duration and nature of the challenge. Contact us on 0113 8128627 or carnegiegreatoutdoors@leedsbeckett.ac.uk and we’ll get back to you with a quotation.

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