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: £1,035.00

Offline Total: £0.00

Gift Aid: £218.75

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

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!