DecAid challenge

THE FIRST of August will mark the start of the Munro Mission launched by DecAid, the charity appeal set up to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the British Armed Forces in Afghanistan.

The mission is a gruelling endurance experience in which participants aim to conquer all 283 mountains in the Scottish Highlands in just 49 days, finishing on September 18.

Each Munro will be dedicated to a serviceman or woman whose life has been lost in Afghanistan, over the last 10 years. Three very memorable charities, BLESMA (British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association), SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) and Talking 2 Minds will benefit from funds raised from the challenge.

Described by British adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes as “one of the most demanding physical challenges within the UK”, the team will run and cycle 36 miles every day, ascending 81 vertical miles in the process – the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest fourteen-and-a-half times, without motorised transport.

The Munro Mission is just one of six fundraising events taking place this summer, as part of DecAid’s year-long fundraising effort. The campaign will involve several thousand people nationally and aims to raise a grand total of £350,000, of which the Munro Mission will aim to contribute £80,000.

The student run campaign has already received the support of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall who became Royal Patron in December 2010.

For further information on how to participate in the DecAid events or to sponsor those involved, visit www.DecAid.co.uk