Best foot forward to raise funds

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust invites you to join up for a fundraising challenge

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, working in partnership with Discover Adventure, is seeking adventurous people to take part in a 23-mile, three-day trek along the Ridgeway trail from August 21-23. Starting near the 3,000-year-old White Horse of Uffington, you will walk through shady woodland, grassy meadows and open rolling hills, dotted with Iron Age forts, sarsen stones and ancient burial mounds. There are plenty of hilly stretches but your efforts will be rewarded by wonderful views across beautiful rural countryside. Your goal is prehistoric Avebury, one of the largest stone circles in Europe, where there you will have time to enjoy the amazing atmosphere of this World Heritage Site. The Ridgeway is a great stretch of countryside to explore - and this is only possible because landowners and people passionate about the countryside have fought for centuries to keep it connected and open to all of us. This philosophy is key to the work we're doing at Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust through our Living Landscape projects as we work with landowners and other conservation bodies to create and link wildlife corridors for the benefit of wildlife and people. The money you raise through the challenge will help protect wildlife and wild spaces across Hertfordshire and Middlesex. It will also help fund our work in re-connecting fragmented habitats, allowing wildlife to thrive there once more. So join us and make this your year to take on a challenge for HMWT.

How does it work and how much does it cost?There are two options for taking part in a HMWT charity challenge - fundraising and self-funding. The fundraising option: you pay a �49 registration fee and commit to raising a minimum of �450 (which includes your trip costs). All monies should be raised at least eight weeks before the trip.The self-funding option: you pay a �49 registration fee and commit to paying your costs of �180 per person 8 weeks before the trip. When you fundraise, 100% of your donation remains with HMWT. There is no minimum fundraising goal in this option.We will help to publicise your challenge and fundraising activities through our website and local media contacts. You will receive a copy of our Fundraising Guide to give you some ideas to kick start your fundraising.

Who can take part?Your trip will be supported in advance and on the ground by Discover Adventure's professional staff. The challenge is open to anyone from 18 years of age. 14-17 year olds can also take part but must be accompanied by an adult. This trek is designed to be challenging for those in good health and fitness and is achievable by most people provided they train well in advance. Training for the challenge is all part of the preparation! To find out more you can download the registration pack from our website - or contact Danielle Porteous ( at the Trust.To support the on-going Balls Wood appeal please contact us at; Grebe House, St Michael's Street, St Albans AL3 4SN01727 858901