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brecon beacons trek

Father and Son Challenge

"It’s time to make a change"

Whether you’re going solo or joining us as father and son, don’t miss this unique challenge, to walk amidst the clouds in the Brecon Beacons


Date: 5th August – 6th August 2017

Registration Fee: £50 early bird, £60 thereafter

Sponsorship Target: £350 for individual, £500 for father and son

Distance: 10 Miles *

Duration: 6 hours *

Altitude: 2661 foot ascent

Age: 14+

Men Only

Early bird discount ends: 12/7/2017

Registration deadline: 30/7/2017

Transport available from London, Birmingham, and Bradford (*Manchester – subject to demand) Accommodation, food, guides and travel inclusive in registration fee.

Time spent with our fathers can be the most precious. These treasured moments can often be the highlight of our week. However, for many children, this isn’t a reality. With the arrest of a father, sons find themselves in an unenviable position; dealing with the trauma of an absent parent, with the added sense that they now need to take on the role of man of the house.
For sons of prisoners, it is not just poverty that holds them back. Dealing with the trauma of raids and the grief over the detention of their father, these young men often face bullying, adversely impacting their educational prospects as they find themselves demotivated from learning, leaving their future bleak. Children with an incarcerated parent are 3 times more at risk of committing anti-social behaviour and twice as likely to experience mental health issues.
In fact, the emotional reaction to the loss of a loved to prison has been likened to bereavement but does not receive the same level of sympathy. Tragically, 65% of boys with a convicted parent go on to offend.
Join HHUGS for this unique challenge as we honour these children, by trekking the Brecon Beacons, as father and son.
Whether you choose to trek as an individual, or with your son or nephew in tow, the Brecon Beacons in Wales provide the perfect opportunity to take in some of the country’s most beautiful sights. Unique in its ascent, within an hour you reach the summit, where walking amidst the clouds, you will have the chance to explore its famous ridges, observe birds of pretty and nearly wild Welsh mountain ponies.
With Dhul Hijjah around the corner and people departing for Hajj in these days, our thoughts will turn to Prophet Ibrahim (as) and his son Ismail (as), the immense love they had for each other, the great sacrifices they made. We hope that by sacrificing a little comfort by taking part, we can strengthen the bonds, not only between father and son, but also with the children in our communities struggling without their fathers in their life. Children faced with bullying in school by day, drastically affecting their academic progress, and haunted by nightmares by night; boys suffering with anxiety, struggling to cope with the stress and strain; losing confidence in their selves.
The Father and Son Brecon Beacons Trek is not just an exciting and unique challenge, but also a chance to make a change for those children forced to journey through life with a father figure.


When And Where Is It Taking Place?

The weekend of August 5th- 2017 at the Brecon Beacons postcode: LD3 8NL

How Do I Get There?

By minibus
Minibuses will be leaving on the morning of Saturday August 5th from London, Birmingham and Bradford (subject to demand). Due to limited spaces, seats and accommodation will need to be reserved at the time of registration. If you cannot make it to our pick up points, you will have to arrange your own transport to the starting point. If you'd like us to help arrange transport from another city then please contact us.

Who Can Take Part?

This challenge is open to men only, and all participants must be aged 14 and above.

How Long Is The Trek?

The trek will last 6 hours, we aim to start at 12pm and finish at 6pm.

Is This Challenge For Me?

Of course, many walkers take on the challenge ever year!

How Much Do I Need To Fundraise?

If you are taking part as an individual, then the target is £350. If you are attending as father and son duo, then a combined target of £500 should be fundraised. For any additional children accompanying you, please contact us to agree a fundraising target suitable for you.

How Much Is The Registration Fee And Is There A Deadline To Pay?

Registration Fee is £50 prior to 7th July 2017, then £60 thereafter

I Have Never Fundraised Before, Where Do I Start?

There are many ways to fundraise and when you sign up, we will give you great ideas and we are always at hand to give you further support.

Here are a few tips:

A great way to start fundraising is to set up an online sponsorship page which you can share with your contacts on Facebook, Twitter, SMS, E-mail, WhatsApp/BBM broadcast etc. Fundraising pages are just like paper sponsorship forms, except they’re online, so you don’t have to worry about dealing with cash, cheques and chasing sponsors after the event is finished. Or why not create your own fundraising team to help you spread the word!.

To create your page, visit or or Click on Make Your Page. Search and select HHUGS. Follow the simple step-by-step instructions. Share it with others easily via email, Facebook,twitter, text.

- Why not set up a text code too so that your friends and family can donate towards your walk with a simple SMS! Follow this link for instructions Setting Up Yyour Text Ccode. Once you have made your page don’t forget to send us the link by emailing· Contact your local mosque or circle to support you by making an announcement of the event and help you to fundraise.

- Get your fundraising matched by a colleague, workplace or friend· Distribute leaflets to raise awareness amongst family and friends· Contact your local press and radio stations with your fundraising· Visit your local businesses for their support by asking them to sponsor you· We will send you a Charity Collection Penny Box which you can place at home or work and even at the till of a shop, restaurant, café or library.

- Get your ISOC, School, Scouts groups and others to get involved.· Use our Sponsorship Form to help you raise funds· Use Facebook to promote your walk, through status updates, posting photos during the walk, making videos, sending messages and creating groups and event pages to encourage others to attend!

Gift Aid: UK tax payers can make their donation go further. The government will give a further 28% of your donation to the charity, and it doesn’t cost you or your sponsors a thing. So remind all your tax paying sponsors to tick the gift aid box – this includes those who are giving cash or cheques, if they are using the sponsorship form. Without a declaration we won’t be able to claim the Gift Aid on donations towards your sponsorship!

Remember , HHUGS are here to help by sending you leaflets, collection buckets and sponsorship forms so you can kick start your fundraising! How to send your sponsorship money to us:

How to send your sponsorship money to us: Your own JustGiving or other fundraising pages

If you have set up your own page, please send us the website address. Thereafter, there isn’t anything further you need to do as your donation page will transfer the money directly to HHUGS bank account.

HHUGS Just Giving Page

Cheque or Postal Orders should be made payable to ‘HHUGS’ with reference ‘BB + your name’ and sent to: HHUGS, Office 36, 80-90 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8PN
Bank transfers
Islamic Bank of Britain
Account No: 01269701
Sort Code: 30-00-83
Reference: "BB" & your name

Sponsorship FormSend your sponsorship form to our address and transfer the money through any of the above methods.

How Long Is The Journey To the Brecon Beacons?

We aim to reach the Brecon Beacons at about 1pm, so we will be leaving from our London office at about 8am. The journey should take about 3-4 hours with breaks and stops.

Can The Meeting Times Be Negotiated?

No. Please be on time at the designated meeting points. The minibus will leave at the scheduled times. Please consider leaving slightly earlier than normal to allow for delays.

Is Lunch Provided On The Minibus?

Unfortunately we are unable to provide lunch on the outbound or return journey. We recommend that you bring packed lunch with you. Alternatively, you will have opportunities to buy food at scheduled service stops.

Where Will We Be Staying?

YHA Wye Valley, formerly Welsh Bicknor, set in 25 acres on the banks of the River Wye, is great for activity breaks or school trips - it even has its own canoe landing station! Located in the heart of the Royal Forest of Dean, close to Symonds Yat Rock, there's a course on site for orienteering holidays and there are miles of footpaths to explore for walking holidays and trails for cyclists of all levels - perfect for cheap family activity breaks.

Will Dinner, Breakfast and lunch Be Provided?

A packed lunch for the trek, an evening meal on Saturday night and breakfast will be provided at the hostel on Sunday morning before departure

Will There Be Any Professional Guides?

Yes, there will be a number of experienced guides on hand in each group to guide you.

Will There Be Any Qualified First-Aiders?

Yes, there will be at least two qualified first-aiders.

Are There Toilets On The Way Up?

Try to control what you eat during the day so you are not rushing for the toilet. There are no toilets on the way up but from previous experience, even after drinking a lot of water, a lot of it tends to be used up in re-hydrating your body.

Where Can I Make Wudhu?

There are WC at service stations we will stop at beforehand.

When Do We Return Home?

We aim to be back in Brixton at around 4pm on the Sunday.

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