Compassion Challenges -Laura Handy

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Laura Handy

Challenge Date:

October 2019

My Challenge:


I will be joining a team of others as we paddle along 100km of the Zambezi....

The trip is paid for so every pound given will go to Compassion to help build homes for Mums and babies in Rwanda who are part of the Child Survival Program. Each home will cost £3,249 to build and the aim is to build 34 (which will house 173 people in total).

Here's the blurb to tell you a bit more:

The challenge was created in 2013 for Comic Relief - you may have watched it under the name 'Through Hell and High Water' - have a look on youtube!

'Known locally as Great River, the Zambezi flows for 2,700kms through six countries on its path from Zambia to the Indian Ocean. Expect a rough ride, with sweltering heat, humidity, blistered hands and harsh conditions providing some of the obstacles along the way. The team will paddle in both mokoros (traditional dug out wooden canoes) and inflatable kayaks for 100kms of the river. The river’s upper section is dotted with islands and braided with narrow fast flowing channels. You will paddle your way along the border with Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, steadily heading towards the Falls. Ultimately, the climax comes with the daunting prospect of rafting below the Falls in the notorious Batoka Gorge, the most tempestuous white water rapids in the world.'





Sponsored Target:

Online Total: £1,995.00

Offline Total: £515.00

Gift Aid: £407.50

I have been supporting Compassion for many years and love the work they do to make a very real difference to individuals, their families and their communities.

I'm a Vicar in Droitwich, Worcestershire and love a good adventure...

I am taking part to raise some money for a wonderful cause, while challenging myself in a new way and hopefully raising awareness of the work of Compassion along the way.

Could you sponsor me or even sponsor a child? Ask me about my sponsor kids - i'd love to tell you how it works.

(The trip is paid for so every £ you give goes to Compassion UK)

Thank you in advance :-)


Donation of £20.00 by Anonymous

Donation on behalf of Evelyn and David Alstead

Donation of £25.00 by Nigel and Emma Caffery

Looks amazing, well done.

Donation of £50.00 by Janet Harrison

An amazing achievement Laura.

Donation of £70.00 by Fellowship Lunchers - Droitwich Methodist Church

Hope all goes well. We'll be thinking of you.

Donation of £50.00 by Northern Handys

Another amazing challenge for a brilliant cause!

Donation of £10.00 by Anji & J

Superb effort Laura! How exciting an adventure for such a worthy cause. Our thoughts, prayers and love go with you xxxx

Donation of £100.00 by Alison Riley

Good luck Laura, what an amazing challenge!! Lots of love from Alison and Teddy x x x

Donation of £50.00 by Alan and Anne Lane

Best of luck Laura , have fun xxx

Donation of £10.00 by Anonymous

Donation of £50.00 by Janet Bryan

Donation of £20.00 by Graham,& Helen Davis

All the best Laura, careful of any rapids, see you when you get back.

Donation of £100.00 by Keith Slaughter

Laura, best wishes, such a worthy cause, just keep safe and watch out for the Hippo!

Donation of £50.00 by Anonymous

Donation of £25.00 by Rhoderick Drury

What a worthy cause and such bravery to be undertaking such a venture. The very best of luck. I have been lucky enough to have travelled a short distance twice in my life on the Zambezi but in a slightly larger boat with engines 😂😂😂 Wishing you a safe and enjoyable time and I look forward to hearing your adventures when back. Take care. Rhod

Donation of £25.00 by Kristy Family

Good luck Laura as you raise money for this worthy cause and challenge the perimeters of your comfort zone. We’ll be thinking of you.

Donation of £25.00 by Catherine Mawston

Look out for the hippos!

Donation of £20.00 by Tim C

Go, Laura! Good for you for taking on such a big challenge for a great cause!

Donation of £20.00 by Liz Lacey

Hope you have a great trip and don't get too wet. God Bless you all.

Donation of £10.00 by Chloe Bailey

What an incredible challenge for an incredible cause - wishing you all the best! Chloe

Donation of £20.00 by Anonymous

You are AWESOME! God bless you Handy Creature xxx

Donation of £20.00 by Paul and Cathy Cook

Good luck Laura, will be a fantastic adventure. Look forward to hearing about it all on your return.

Donation of £15.00 by Anonymous

Donation of £40.00 by Anonymous

Take Care - we want you back

Donation of £15.00 by Anonymous

Donation of £50.00 by Philip and Jane Bowen

Enjoy Zambia and the Falls! Very envious but not the canoeing....tell the hippos to stay on the bank.

Donation of £30.00 by Diana Drury

Thinking of you, enjoy this wonderful experience.

Donation of £40.00 by Nigel and Rosemary Byard

Keep paddling, Laura, and avoid those Hippos and crocodiles! With love from the Byards x

Donation of £20.00 by Anonymous

Good luck!

Donation of £25.00 by Clive, and Valerie Downey

Donation of £40.00 by Bill & Barbara Jauncey

Have an enjoyable time but make sure you come back. Love Bill & Barbara

Donation of £10.00 by Karen Fuller

Good luck Laura!!

Donation of £30.00 by Jonathan Ruhumuliza

Remain blessed

Donation of £50.00 by Anonymous

Good luck

Donation of £10.00 by Bill Phillips

Good for you. Have a great trip!

Donation of £25.00 by Helen-Marie Fraher

Best of luck with the challenge Laura!

Donation of £10.00 by Karen Nicol

Go well Laura. We sponsored 2 children for years. Such a wonderful charity to raise money for.

Donation of £100.00 by Anonymous

Paddle well!

Donation of £20.00 by Charlotte Jauncey

Inspirational! All the best x

Donation of £20.00 by Anonymous

Great challenge, blessings as you go and hopefully lots of fun

Donation of £20.00 by Lucy and Peter Brown

Donation of £20.00 by Anonymous

Fab cause, Laura! It will hurt, but you WILL do it! All good wishes.

Donation of £30.00 by Sue Cottam

Good luck Laura - keep safe! God be with you

Donation of £100.00 by Anonymous

Good luck Laura. Quite an adventure! Don't forget the anti-malaria pills!! Very best wishes.

Donation of £100.00 by Charles Cameron

What a great cause. Good luck, hope it goes well. Enjoy every moment. Charles & Lorna

Donation of £100.00 by Anne & David Howells

Good Luck and look forward to hearing all about your adventure!

Donation of £25.00 by Anonymous

Will be cheering you on and praying my friend. Love and blessings. 😊

Donation of £20.00 by Elaine Pegg

Good luck Laura x

Donation of £30.00 by Anonymous

Laura good luck in your adventure

Donation of £30.00 by Nikki Groarke

Great cause, and a great challenge!

Donation of £20.00 by Paul & Patsy

Sounds wonderful, have a great time.

Donation of £20.00 by Rebecca Elliott

Sounds amazing....go for it!

Donation of £10.00 by Anonymous


Donation of £50.00 by Allison Davies

What an awesome challenge for such a worthwhile and worthy cause. God bless! xx

Donation of £20.00 by Diane

Go Laura!! xx

Donation of £20.00 by Mags & Mike

Proud of you Laura for doing this . Enjoy the adventure xx

Donation of £20.00 by Vic & Sandy

What an adventure and all in a good cause. Make sure you come back safe and sound.

Donation of £20.00 by Frank Mason

Good Luck Laura. Watch out for the crocodiles!

Donation of £10.00 by Anonymous

Handy you legend !

Donation of £10.00 by Nick R

Have fun Laura!