Compassion Challenges -Duncan Payne

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Duncan Payne

Challenge Date:

27th - 8th March 2020

My Challenge:

I have no doubt that aspects of the trip will themselves be challenge. Before going though, I'd love to improve my overall fitness in preparation. However, the real challenge I'd like to set myself is to learn Swahili between now and when we head off.




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Online Total: £1,160.38

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Gift Aid: £235.75

I am a software engineer, working in the city of Sheffield - a city I have lived in since beginning university.

I spent the first 12 years of my life in two different African countries and have lived in the UK since moving back (apart from a brief stint in Germany).

My wife and I have supported Compassion UK for a number of years sponsoring children which has also provided 'pen pals' to each of our own children. I'd love to be able to support Compassion UK in other ways too and felt like this trek would be a good opportunity to do so.

Having grown up in east and southern Africa I have seen first-hand the effects of extreme poverty. I'm taking part in this challenge to help make a small difference where I can.

It will also be 10 years in 202o since I last visited the continent - so it feels like a good time to be returning. I'm looking forward to the challenges posed by this climb - both during the trek but also in the months prior as I prepare.


Donation of £20.00 by Lisa

An awesome challenge for a fantastic cause. It's going to push you to an extreme but totally worth it! Good luck; stay strong and stay safe

Donation of £50.00 by Annette and Marcello

Good luck! Amazing challenge and project!

Donation of £44.00 by Rosanna Stark

4 and 4 makes 8 which are my favorite numbers ;) I wish you the best of luck for your trip and I think it's awesome what you are doing! So excited to hear the story afterwards and happy to support this project!

Donation of £25.00 by Anonymous

Go Duncan! Amazing challenge, best of luck!

Donation of £10.00 by Anonymous

Donation of £100.00 by Anonymous

Good luck Dunc!

Donation of £88.38 by Jakob & Rebekka

Donation of £20.00 by Anonymous

Donation of £100.00 by Anonymous

Excellent cause and a great challenge ahead. Well done Duncan for taking the decision to do this and well done to Hannah for letting you! We think you guys are great!

Donation of £200.00 by Anonymous

This is an amazing challenge, accepted by an amazing man from an amazing family! Well done Duncan. We will be with you in prayer and any other way we can help. It's going to be a great adventure.

Donation of £25.00 by Richard & Mary Payne

Donation of £20.00 by Lucy Harper

Good luck Duncan!

Donation of £25.00 by Gav

Good luck Duncan, Great cause!

Donation of £20.00 by Matt C

Very good effort Duncan - best of luck!

Donation of £50.00 by Stuart Green

We'll be in touch when we need Swahili translators. Brilliant cause. Good luck!

Donation of £10.00 by Melita

Donation of £25.00 by Chris B

Good luck Duncan!

Donation of £10.00 by Mike

Good luck Duncan, I'm sure that you'll smash it!

Donation of £20.00 by Sean

Good luck and remember the lessons learnt by Lee.

Donation of £10.00 by Kristy

Good luck and well done, a worthy charity x

Donation of £10.00 by Anonymous

Donation of £50.00 by Anonymous

Donation of £200.00 by Anonymous

So inspired by you Duncan!

Donation of £20.00 by Emma and Dave

So impressed with you doing this and very proud! Great cause! Wishing you all the best with it xxx

Donation of £8.00 by Noa Payne