We’ve had supporters do parachute jumps, zip-slides, cycle rides, treks, walks and swims for us. You could also get your own place in an overseas challenge.
If you would like to take part in a challenge contact us on 0345 3 30 30 30 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris and Precinct
Sian, Martin, Shaun and Sarah
LGBT Foundation supporters Precinct and Chris took part in zip slide from The Lowry, across Manchester Ship Canal. Here Chris re-lives the adventure;
“As a kid I always enjoyed outdoor activities, rock climbing, abseiling etc but in my late teens and twenties the lure of pubs and bars was too great so as a result I stopped doing those kind of things.
“So at the beginning of the year I created my own bucket list "Things to do before I'm 40". Everything I've always wanted to do and a few things I never considered went onto it like swimming with sharks and holidaying to Egypt.
“My friend Precinct wanted to do similar things so we had an action plan meeting (in the pub!!) and drew up a list of activities we could do.
“ After some research found out about the zip wire challenge in Manchester, where people hurl themselves 30 metres up off the Imperial War Museum in Salford Quays on a 250 metre long zipwire.........perfect!
“The added bonus with this was that it could be done for charity. With Precinct working for LGBT Foundation and me helping out from time to time the choice of charity was a no brainer. This is obviously a cause we both feel strongly about.
“Once our places were booked the task of raising money started. Family, friends and sometimes complete strangers were asked on a regular basis for sponsorship. Asking people for money is never easy even if it is for charity and especially at the moment with everyone being careful about their spending habits. I need not have worried. Every person that I asked donated willingly, some even gave more money when I explained what the Foundation did!
“My employer also has something set up called a "Booster Fund" for sponsored events. This meant that if I raised £100 or more they would donate £100 to my chosen charity. I now had a target to reach!
“We booked the event in May this year thinking we had loads of time but the day came round incredibly quickly. Before we realised it Saturday the 13th of October was upon us!
“We were booked to do the slide at 2.30 with registration and getting the equipment on starting at 2pm. We met at the museum with volunteer Ben providing photographic evidence. Little did we know that Precinct would have a camera strapped to his head so there would be videos as well....no swearing allowed!
“Once the harnesses were put on we then made our way by lift to the viewing platform 30 metres up where we would launch ourselves. The view from the top was amazing and we were very lucky that the weather was bright and sunny.
“Precinct went first so if he survived then I knew it was ok! Then it was my turn.... Once the safety guy had rigged me up to the wire and done his final checks there was nothing left to do but step off the building.
“As with most things like this the worst bit is stepping off the ledge, especially when you look down at the people far below, but once that was over that the adrenaline kicked in.
“You actually start off fairly slow but soon pick up speed and the whole ride is over before you know it! The feeling you get sliding over the Manchester Ship Canal with the boats below you is amazing and possibly the closest I've come to flying without being in a plane.
“As soon as it was over I wanted to do it again! I recommend doing a challenge like this to everyone, and if you raise money for charity then even better. I just need to think what to do next, parachute jump anyone?!!!”
Four LGBT Foundation staff members, Sian, Shaun, Martin and Sarah took on a tough physical assault course challenge – including an aerial course suspended 35 feet up in the air!
Sarah, Press & Social Media Officer, commented “ I didn’t quite realise how hard it would be, and envisioned sailing gracefully from platform to platform 35 feet up the air, instead we were crawling under ropes on the floor, climbing and running across tyres in a very fetching harness!”
The 3 hour challenge took place in Trafford’s Challenge 4 Change arena and was filmed by BellyFlop TV.
We'll have a video up on our YouTube channel in the near future of the whole thing!
Tom completed the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge back in July in support of the Foundation raising money for our Enough is Enough! Campaign.
I have always had an interest in hiking and this challenge seemed perfect to not only get out and enjoy the countryside in one of England’s most beautiful areas, but to also test my fitness and endurance.
I did the walk with a colleague from work, Alex, as we wanted to do something together for charity as our employer allowed us to take one day off a year to raise money for charity.
We agreed to do the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge and set a date for the 22nd June, however, due to our wonderful English summer, torrential rain meant it was postponed!
When it got to the day, we could not have asked for better weather. After descending from the first mountain, Pen-Y-Ghent, I decided to take a ‘short-cut’ down a small path that veered off the main walking route. However a few miles down the path we encountered a huge patch of marsh land which in the end we just had to wade through (it came up to our knees in patches). The rest of the walk was fine as our trousers dried off in the sun fairly quickly!
I decided to raise money for the Foundation because I wanted to help a charity I could relate to. I believe that homophobia is a problem in society today and although awareness and tolerance is far greater than it was 10 years ago, there is still a long way to go.
Marc led a team of staff, volunteers and supporters, all decked in fetching lycra (although some lycra hidden by shorts!), on a 60-mile cycle ride from Manchester to Blackpool. The 10-strong team started from Manchester’s Albert Square; passing through Salford, Leigh, Wigan, Preston, Lytham and on to Blackpool finishing at the Pleasure Beach eight hours later.
Despite sore bums, muscle spasms and chains coming off the team managed to raise nearly £1,000 and Marc comments: “It was a big challenge but came with big rewards. We had a fantastic day and the team spirit was fantastic! I’m really proud we raised so much as Team LGBT Foundation and I would definitely do something like this again!”
“If there was one tip I would give it's practice your cycling for a good month or two before hand - there's a wealth of info online about local and national cycle routes you can use. Oh, and for fundraising I sent personal messages to each one of my Facebook friends to visit my JustGiving page which worked really well!”