Ladies’ Challenge Blog

The Ladies Challenge is a fantastic event that enables you to have a fun weekend with your friends, and raise money for children in the Philippines. The next ladies challenge will take place on the 12-14th April. The cost is £90 per person, which includes accommodation, food and all activities. Suitable for ages 10+ (£45 for children who are happy to sleep on a ready bed).

For more information and application packs tel: 01225 443600 or email

Still need a bit more convincing? Take a look at Emily’s blog …

On a weekend in the beginning of October, 32 ladies, 4 teenage girls and a dog set out on an adventure across the Severn Bridge into Wales – heading for the mountainous region of the Brecons. 2 days of challenges in what seemed to be mischievous weather awaited them – it was bound to be a weekend full of quests! What was the aim? – to raise money for MIA by walking 10, 15 or 20 miles over the peaks before darkness fell on day 1, and more sporting challenges for day 2.

Friday evening didn’t bring much hope to the walkers… The rain poured and wind blew, as they navigated the hill walk to rekindle their forgotten map reading skills! But once back in the cottages with hot drinks and cake, spirits began to rise again. Laughter could be heard all over!

It wasn’t long before silence fell across the rooms as much wanted and needed sleep was had….

Alarms went off and breakfast was being served, excitement filled the air; the much-awaited day had arrived! The curtains were peeled back, revealing glorious sunshine and clear skies! The news spread like wild fire through the cottages and sunglasses were packed at the ready!

Nine o’clock came and the walkers set off up Corn Du. A passing elderly gentleman commented he had only walked these mountains in sunshine 5 times out of the 195. The walkers knew the weather was a blessing! With the first hill accomplished, the ladies gave a sigh of relief, knowing, the first and often hardest part of the walk had been achieved. The reward, magnificent panoramic views across southern Wales…now the distances across the hilltops.

The groups separated into their own ability groups. The sun continued to shine as if it were a summer’s day and the scenery unfolded glorious views. Legs began to tire, lunch boxes were emptied and snacks eaten as the afternoon sun began to fade. The climbers continued making their return to base….the last climber coming into sight of the finish, excitement returned to the walkers. A real sense of accomplishment had by all as darkness arrived.

The smell of casserole began to fill the cottage; wonderful food was being prepared. The dining room filled with ladies exchanging tales of tumbles and slips, and the surprise of chocolate handouts from passing ramblers on the top of the hills.

After dinner, the ladies relaxed in the lounge around the blazing fire to watch the MiA dvd, giving a glimpse into how the money raised that day would be spent on a new home for the street boys. Slowly the lounge was emptied and the fire was left to sizzle out as a deep silence filled the bedrooms.

As the sun rose the on the last Ladies Challenge day, a thick blanket of fog ran through the valleys. Today held a new set of challenges; horse riding, waterfall walking, climbing and indoor zip wiring. The fog lifted and the sun came out, as the challenges began. Tired legs were encouraged back into motion, for the opportunity to enjoy old hobbies. Spectacular views warmed the hearts of the horse riders trekking the foothills, waterfall walkers had crisp sunshine highlighting the beauty of the water cascading over the rocks; heights in climbing were reached…personal achievements for many.

This memorable Ladies Challenge weekend had been filled with fun and fantastic opportunities to explore the beauty around us. All the while, this was making a difference to the lives of the children of Cebu in the Philippines – what better way to spend a weekend in October!

So far we have raised £2,500 on the Ladies Challenge and the sponsor money is still coming in…..

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