Childhood First

"I pushed myself to my physical, mental and emotional limits and emerged refreshed and invigorated by the experience" says Penny Higgins, former Childhood First Challenge participant.

Childhood First is a children's charity based in Waterloo Road with centres in and near London caring for some of the most seriously damaged and abused children. A 9-day trek next June in Morocco's spectacular High Atlas mountains is planned to help support these children. Known locally as the "mountain of mountains", Mount Toubkal is North Africa"s highest peak and stands at an imposing 4,167 metres high. The journey will go over the high passes of the Toubkal Massif, snow-capped, rugged peaks alongside lush green valleys and oases, and pass through colourful Berber villages. The culmination of the challenge is scaling Mount Toubkal itself. A final day will be spent exploring Marrakech with its snake-charmers, sword-swallowers and overall air of mystique. Everyone is welcome to take part. All the charity asks is that participants pay a 200 registration fee and raise a minimum sponsorship. The trek can be an excellent form of team-building for a corporate group or equally a great way to meet new friends if you come alone. Many lasting friendships were forged on a past Challenge event and one wedding followed.

• Contact: Rachel Small on 020 7928 7288 or

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