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The Howleys Hike Iceland

2 team members

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p][b]WHAT ON EARTH ARE WE DOING?[/b][/p][p]On the 18th August, we are embarking upon a 3 day, 60km trek through one of the planet's most volcanic regions in Iceland. We'll be trekking for roughly 10 hours per day, navigating steaming lava fields and plunging fjords, and setting up and breaking down camp each night, all with only 3 hours of darkness per day.[/p][p][b]WHY ON EARTH ARE WE DOING IT?[/b][/p][p]We know what you're thinking. Why are you doing this girls? Is it because you've been married a couple of years now and have run out of things to talk about? Is it because you've eaten too many pies lately and need the exercise? Is it because you two just LOVE wearing hiking boots? Some of these things may be true dear reader, but in reality, we're doing this for two very, worthy charities that are close to our hearts.[/p][p]We have a combined total fundraising target of £6,300 and if you donate via this page then the funds will be split 50/50 between our two charities. However, if for any reason you'd rather donate to one or the other then you can do that by visiting our individual pages. [url=https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GemmaHowleyHike]Click here to donate directly to Gemma & TAMBA[/url], or [url=https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NikkiHowleyHike]click here to donate directly to Nikki & Mind[/url].[/p][p][b]WHY IS GEMMA RAISING MONEY FOR TAMBA?[/b][/p][p]On the 23rd October 2017, one of my oldest dearest friends Katy, and her husband Andy, found out the devastating news that their twin girls had both died in the womb after 6 months of pregnancy. The girls had died from twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), a rare condition that affects about 10-15% of monochorionic twins, (twins that share a placenta.) Despite raising her concerns multiple times to medical professionals after feeling unwell and spotting TTTS symptoms over a number of weeks, Katy was sadly not given the necessary treatment to save her girls in time.[/p][p]TAMBA are spearheading the widest multiple pregnancy research programme anywhere in the world, which should improve TTTS treatments, save lives and reduce prematurity. Katy, her friends and her family, are undertaking all sorts of challenges to raise funds for this wonderful charity, to help other families like Katy and Andy and in honour of their beautiful girls; Olivia and Ava.[/p][p][b]WHY IS NIKKI RAISING MONEY FOR MIND?[/b][/p][p]Mind is a UK charity providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem and campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.[/p][p]It's something I'm incredibly passionate about. My heart has broken many times over the years watching people I love suffer as a result of mental illness - often in silence, often with a sense of hopelessness and unfortunately in some cases, with the worst of consequences. The reality is mental health problems will affect one in four of us, and yet we have a very long way to go before stigmas are lifted and adequate care and support exists.[/p][p]Mind say that they [i]won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect[/i] - and that's a vision I'm willing to fight for and work towards as well.[/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

18 Aug 2018


Sep 18, 2018

Suzie n graceymate

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 28, 2018

Ali and TC x

Well done ladies, you are our heroes. Ali and TC xx

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Aug 26, 2018


Sorry for delay ladies!!!! Well done! Well proud of you 2. Rom and rich

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Aug 26, 2018

Val and Patrick Black

Congratulations on you trek ladies.


Aug 24, 2018

Jo betts

Well done ladies!! Xx

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Aug 23, 2018

Kak and Rob

Incredible job Gem and Nikki!


Aug 22, 2018

Lauren Somers

Well done ladies!!! Smashed it! xx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Aug 22, 2018

Michael, Sally, Emily and William

Congratulations on your achievement Gem and Nikki. We are v proud of you.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Aug 21, 2018


Amazing feat and cause - hope all is going well X

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Aug 20, 2018

Helen OKane

Hope it's going well!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Nikki Howley

Nikki Howley

Gemma Howley

Gemma Howley