What is an Open Challenge?

Do it yourself

Open challenges are a fantastic way of going on an adventure with a group of like-minded people, all raising money for different charities. Rest assured that you will receive the same level of care as on our bespoke challenges, and the team will take good care of you throughout the trip.


How is it different from a bespoke challenge?

A bespoke challenge is one organised by a professional company on behalf of Orchid. This means that everyone is raising money for the same great cause.

Where can I go?

The world is your oyster really. Discover Adventure or Classic Tours and Classic Tours organise challenge events all over the UK and across the world. Whether you want to climb Everest or explore the Great Wall of China or cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats, there’s bound to be something to match your sense of adventure.

Here are a few suggestions

Centurion Ride around Britain and Ireland

Join this high adrenaline route powering through Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England. The Centurion cycling challenge covers more than 100 miles a day through Britain and Ireland in 2015.

Cycle London to Paris

Cycle from London to Paris on this long weekend charity bike ride. See the grand finale of the Tour de France in Paris and raise funds for Orchid Cancer Charity.

Climb Kilimanjaro

Trek to the Roof of Africa on this unforgettable challenge in Tanzania.

More information on any of the above challenges click here.

Can I cover the costs of my trip from my fundraising?

Unfortunately, we are only able to offer the fundraising option for the Challenge events programme run by the charity. This means you will not be able to cover the costs of your trip through your fundraising.

If you decide to take on an open challenge, please sign up to the self payment option. Benefits of the self payment option:

  • no need to explain to friends and family that part of your fundraising will be covering the cost of your trip
  • no pressure to raise a minimum fundraising target
  • every penny you raise comes directly to the charity

How can you support me in my open challenge?

Our fundraising webpages are full of helpful advice, fundraising tools and inspiring ideas.

Orchid Fundraising with Balls Pack 

  • Our fundraising guide is full of useful tools and resources
  • Check out our top tips on getting sponsored
  • Get inspired and raise more with our fundraising ideas

The team are on hand to support you EVERY step of the way along your fundraising journey.

I want to sign up, what now?

It’s really easy to get started on your fundraising adventure. Just follow the four steps below and, if you need anything else, give us a call on 0203 745 7317.

  1. Pick a destination from the Discover Adventure Website or Classic Tours Website
  2. Sign up to the self payment option
  3. Download your fundraising guide
  4. Start fundraising

Want to organise your own event?

If a trek or challenge is not your cup of tea and you already have some fundraising planned, please register your event with us. Once you have registered your event a member of the team will send you our fundraising guide, which is packed with helpful information. The team will support all you need with getting your fundraising off the ground.

What have you got planned?

If you let us know how you are planning to raise some life-changing cash, the Orchid team will get in touch and ensure you are kitted out with everything you need!
  • Please let us know what you have planned including where it is going to take place
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