A challenge event organised to raise money for brain injury services in the West Midlands has proved a huge success.

Teams from Headway Birmingham & Solihull and its sister groups in Shropshire and Worcestershire took part in ‘Survive the Wild’, a series of outdoor challenges in the more rugged and remote parts of the Peak District. This included mountain trekking, abseiling, rock climbing, ghyll scrambling and traversing over water, as well as basic camping and problem solving.

The event is expected to raise around £15,000 in total for the three charities.

Julie Wedgbury, fundraising manager at Headway Birmingham & Solihull, thanked those who took part in Survive the Wild, which included a team from the law firm Slater & Gordon in Birmingham and staff members from the charity.

She said: “We saw people from all walks of life coming together to work as a team and support each other through the individual challenges they were presented with. Some faced a fear of heights; other found sleeping under canvas more of an ordeal. For sure it was an experience of a lifetime for everyone and great fun, despite being such a physical effort at times!”

Julie also thanked the event sponsors, Tesco, Tyrells Crisps, Get Juiced, Slater & Gordon and Lanyon Bowdler, who helped maximise the fundraising potential from the event by supplying refreshments, goody bags and trophies.

Headway is planning to run a similar challenge event next year, and so is urging people to register their interest now by emailing  fundraising@headway-bs.org.uk .

Visit www.headway-bs.org.uk for further information on the work of Headway locally or go towww.facebook.com/HeadwayBirminghamandSolihull/  to view photographs from the Survive the Wild weekend.

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