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Brecon Beacons Unity Trek

in aid of some of the most vulnerable families in our midst.


HHUGS returns to one of its most popular trekking spots as we take on the tallest mountain in South Wales for our Pre-Ramadan trek.

The HHUGS Brecon Beacons Trek is the perfect opportunity to bond with brothers from all over the country before the blessed month, all in aid of some of the most vulnerable families in our midst.

Ramadhan is a time of unity, a time where we feel the ummah at its most welcoming. For HHUGS families, Ramadhan can be the loneliest time of the year, as they find themselves ostracised, branded guilty by association. HHUGS works to remove that stigma, and help them to get reintegrated into society and back on their feet. This walk will enable us to do that, but also will remind them that they have not been forgotten, as we come together, in a show of solidarity, to trek the Brecon Beacons.

“I feel like they are like my family, best friends. If you are stuck and do not know where to go, just go to HHUGS” - Khawla

 

Date: Saturday April 28th

Registration Fee: £20 until 8/04/2018, £25 thereafter

Sponsorship Target: £200

Distance: 10 Miles *

Duration: 6 hours *

Altitude: 2661 foot ascent

Age: 11+

Men Only

Early bird discount ends: Sunday 8tht April 2018

Registration deadline: Sunday April 22nd

 

 

 

FAQ

When And Where Is It Taking Place?

On Saturday 28th April 2018 at Brecon Beacons postcode: LD3 8NL

How Do I Get There?

Minibuses will be leaving on the morning of Saturday April 28th 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. 

Train

There are hourly direct trains to Abergavenny on the Cardiff-Manchester line, and good connections from other cities. 

There are trains to Merthyr Tydfil from Cardiff and Pontypridd every half hour, taking one hour.

Llandovery is on the Heart of Wales line, with trains from Llanelli, Swansea and Shrewsbury four times a day.

For timetables and fares, contact National Rail Enquiries (tel 08457 484950, www.nationalrail.co.uk). Book ahead for the cheapest tickets.

Coach

Coach travellers can get to Abergavenny, Cardiff, Neath or Swansea with National Express (www.nationalexpress.com) or to Cardiff or Swansea with Megabus (www.megabus.com). Both these companies will carry bikes if packed in boxes, bags or cases. 

Bus

It’s easy to travel to the Brecon Beacons National Park from South Wales and Hereford by bus.

Regular services run to our National Park daily. The T4 runs from Cardiff to Newtown via Brecon. The T6 runs from Swansea to Brecon. 

The X55 Cymru Clipper service from Swansea and Neath now runs to Pontneddfechan, serving both the Angel Inn and Dinas Rock, providing easy access to Waterfall Country.

By car

The Brecon Beacons National Park is within easy reach of the M4, M50 and A40.

For directions and an estimate of your journey time, search the AA journey planner (www.theaa.com/route-planner).

Who Can Take Part?

This challenge is open to men only, and all participants must be aged 11 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?

We ask everyone to fundraise £200.

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

Registration Fee is £20 prior to 8th April 2017, then £25 thereafter. This must be paid by 22nd April

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 www.justgiving.com or www.btplc.com or www.charitychoice.co.uk. 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 Your Text Code. Once you have made your page don’t forget to send us the link by emailing info@hhugs.org.uk·

- 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 25% 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 Form

Send 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 X, so we will be leaving from our London office at about X. 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.

Will Dinner, Breakfast and lunch Be Provided?

Breakfast will be provided the morning of. A packed lunch for the trek will be provided. We will stop for dinner on the way back at a service station at your own cost.

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 11pm on the Saturday.
 
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

  • Pre-event registration is essential.
  • You must undertake to raise a minimum of £200 in sponsorship money for HHUGS.
  • A registration fee of either £20 for early bird or £25 post early bird must be paid by 22/04/18
  • All funds raised through the event must be payable to HHUGS.
  • If you are unable to take up your place for the Brecon Beacons Unity Trek, all sponsorship forms and sponsorship monies collected should be forwarded to HHUGS or returned to your sponsors.
  • Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All participants take part at their own risk. If you have any medical conditions, please seek advice from your GP before embarking on this Brecon Beacons Unity Trek.
  • We reserve the right to stop any participant from walking for health and safety reasons, or due to any incident of misbehaviour.
  • You consent to HHUGS contacting you via telephone, letter or e-mail for any matter relating to your fundraising and your participation in this event.
  • You agree to HHUGS storing information provided by you on our database.
  • You give HHUGS permission to use any photographs/videos taken of you, to raise awareness and/or money for HHUGS. If you do not wish for your picture to be taken, please email info@hhugs.org.uk HHUGS cannot take responsibility for videos and photos taken by external media channels which may be present at the walks.
  • HHUGS discourages aggressive techniques to gain sponsorship and requests all fundraisers to ensure compliance with legal, health and safety standards.