October 1st, 2016

Bromsgrove’s very own GI Jane back home after five-day Castaway Challenge

Updated: 11:54 am, Nov 20, 2015

BROMSGROVE’s very own GI Jane is back home after a gruelling five-day Castaway Challenge which raised over £10,000 for charity, Diverse Abilities.

Nikki Pullen joined 11 contenders in the survival challenge of a lifetime when she swapped creature comforts for life in the wild.

The dynamic dozen were put to the test when they were stranded on a ‘secret beach location.’

From dusk till dawn, the brave team learnt skills including water purification, natural shelter building, sea fishing, fire lighting, star-based navigation, sea life raft survival and much more.

The money raised goes to Dorset-based charity, Diverse Abilities, which has dedicated 60 years of support to children and adults with profound physical and / or learning disabilities.

Sharon Wells, events fund-raiser at Diverse Abilities said: “The participants did really well and spirits remained very high. Everyone bonded well as a team and there were lots on laughs along the way.”

Nikki who raised £1,400 said: “How often do you hear of someone having the chance to be a castaway?

“I never thought it would be something I would get the opportunity to do but fortunately I heard about the challenge.

“Despite my fear of spiders – I grabbed the opportunity with both hands before my nerves let me back out and I’m so glad I did!

“As well as raising money for such a great charity I met some wonderful people and it was an experience I will never forget.”

Sponsors behind the adventure were The Cottonwood Boutique Hotel, Total Health Studio, Powerboat Training UK and Poole Boat Hire.

Next year’s Castaway Challenge takes place from 17 to 21 September 2016. Entry is £50 and minimum sponsorship is £550 per person.

For more information on events the charity organises contact Sharon Wells on 01202 718266, email: sharon.wells@diverseabilities.org.uk or visit www.diverseabilities.org.uk to get details online.