COVID-19 Appeal: Supporting the NHS and Police

We are asking for your support for a very special and unique mission: to improve the emotional wellbeing of NHS and Police frontline workers, following the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The emotional strain and turmoil in supporting the communities they serve - the doctors, nurses, specialists and frontline Police - who have been there 24 hours a day, working tirelessly to do whatever they can, for us.

We will get through this as a nation and our charity, with your help, will be there when we move forward, to provide free outdoor activities for NHS and Police frontline workers. These can be as 1:1 sessions or as part of a group, which can also improve morale amongst colleagues following the trauma they have faced together, to save lives.

You can help us to improve mental health and emotional wellbeing - whilst saying thank you to the NHS and Police, for all they have done to support you and your community.

If you would like to donate to our special appeal please visit https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/nhsadventuretherapy - thank you for your kindness and support through this time of uncertainty.

Making Life Great Outdoors™

As a registered charity, Adventure Therapy exists to improve the emotional and physical wellbeing of children and adults with unique health conditions, impairments or limitations through free outdoor and adventure-led activities.

We believe that every child and adult should have an opportunity to experience what life has to offer. Our activities are filled with emotion and take place on dramatic coastlines, vibrant moorland, in stunning forests and through the visceral power of the sea.

We help people with mental health conditions, physical disability, learning disability, life-limiting illnesses and life-changing conditions. We make a positive difference in challenging and complex lives.

Our range of activities build self-confidence and develop skills and abilities, through individual and group sessions, team work and leadership. The therapeutic benefits of time spent outdoors, in nature and adventure should not be under-estimated. It can motivate, improve vitality and provide a sense of accomplishment.  It can aid rehabilitation and help to create special memories for the families we support.

She absolutely loved it, she was really lifted when she'd finished and felt really comfortable with Livvie [her instructor]. Thank you so much.

A parent following a 1:1 surf session for her daughter.

Find an Activity

FIND AN ACTIVITY

Explore the range of activities that we may be able to offer you and your family; from hiking open moorland and wooded valleys, mountain biking twisting forest trails, climbing granite tors or taking to the water and surfing, coasteering or traversing the coast by kayak.

Horse riding, cliff climbing, gravity defying or arrow firing - find out more about the activities available and how Adventure Therapy can be there to support you and your family on its journey.

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Make a Difference

SUPPORT ADVENTURE THERAPY

We do not charge for the activities that we provide to the children and adults that we support. We receive no statutory funding and our charity is funded entirely by the generosity and kindness of the communities that we serve. Thank you for helping our work to continue.

Find out how you can help children and adults who face personal challenges every day, to spend time in the outdoors, overcoming obstacles, developing skills, improving wellbeing and creating treasured memories with their families, through new and emotive experiences.

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My boy is 12 years old. He has global delay, dyspraxia and hypermobility. Due to his disabilities he is being held back from being independent. This significantly affects his confidence and dreams of being like any other kid. Daniel absolutely loves being outdoors and dreams of becoming more adventurous.

OVERSEAS EVENTS

Have you ever dreamt of climbing to the snow-capped peak of a mountain or trekking through the intense heat of desert sand? Do you aspire to traversing bleak frozen lands or exploring the humidity of lush tropical rainforests.

Your personal journey into the wilderness could help to raise vital funds for our charity and support people like you, with an adventurous spirit, to take part in Adventure Therapy, too. Discover the adventurer within; and help to transform lives.

Dog Sled Challenge, Sweden

A team of loyal huskies leads the way through the snow-covered forests and mountains of Swedish Lapland, across 200kms of beautiful, frozen landscape.

Experience the silence of nature while gliding through this winter wonderland, taking the opportunity to spot elk and reindeer and even see the spectacular Northern Lights.

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Tour du Mont Blanc

The Mont Blanc circuit is one of the most renowned and beautiful trekking routes in the Alps and this short itinerary takes in the best of the highlights.

Physically demanding and visually stunning, this challenge will be an incredible opportunity to trek around the best sections of the highest mountain in Western Europe, Mont Blanc.

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Everest Base Camp

Standing at a formidable 8,848m, the summit of Mount Everest offers the perfect backdrop for this trek of a lifetime. Starting in Lukla, your route will take you through Sherpa villages, past beautiful monasteries and over jaw-dropping suspension bridges until you reach the base camp of the world’s highest mountain.

You’ll have the option to wonder at the scenery below the highest point of Kala Patthar before celebrating in mystical Kathmandu.

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Trek to Machu Picchu

The feeling of walking through the Sun Gate to witness the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu for the first time will live with you forever.

The Trek to Machu Picchu follows the uncrowded Ancascocha trail, surrounded by the spectacular Andes mountains, raging rivers and remote mountain communities.

Celebrate your success as you marvel at the awe-inspiring lost Incan city of Machu Picchu.

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Iceland Glacier Trek

This is a challenge to get you out of your comfort zone and onto Iceland’s most extreme glacial landscapes.

Based in the highlands of Iceland, you’ll ski-trek across Langjökull glacier ice cap for five days while enjoying the stunning scenery of one of Europe’s last great wildernesses. Push through the physical and environmental obstacles while spending your nights camping on the ice under starry northern skies.

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UK CHALLENGES

You don't have to trek to the ends of the Earth to explore, discover and support Adventure Therapy along the way. Why not join an event in the UK and hike, bike or paddle your way to your own, personal victory. From milder challenges to extreme events, we have a range of options for varying abilities.

We also have various dates throughout the year for sponsored skydives or you can arrange your own date, to mark a special birthday, event or a team building day for your employees.  

As part of your challenge, you can raise vital funds for our charity and help children and adults with disabilities, unique health conditions or limitations to take part in Adventure Therapy, too.

Skydives

You're at 15,000ft, high in the sky - now experience the ultimate adrenaline rush as you get the green light for go, edge toward the door and make the jump from the plane. Freefall for around 2 miles before the canopy opens and you glide serenely back to the ground, whilst taking in the stunning scenery of the Devon countryside and coast.

Adventure Therapy is registered with SkyDive Buzz, one of the leading parachute centres in the UK, to provide tandem skydives at Dunkeswell Airfield near Honiton in Devon.

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Snowden Triple Challenge

Grab this opportunity to pit yourself against the spectacular landscape of Snowdonia National Park in this tough and exciting multi-activity challenge.

You'll summit the mighty Snowdon as well as tackling challenging biking and kayaking sections all the while surrounded by this stunning part of the UK.

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National Three Peaks Challenge

Brace yourself for a fast-paced and physically challenging adventure, as you take on the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales.

Considered one of Britain’s toughest outdoor challenges, the National 3 Peaks Challenge takes in the dizzy heights of Ben Nevis (1,344m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Snowdon (1,085m) and your challenge is to do all this in 24 hours!

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Coordination. Achievement. Resilience Focus. Happiness. He had it all. The best thing was, he was really scared to do the zipwire and when he finally did, the whole crowd clapped. Very special.

A parent following her son's Treetop Adventure.