Now that the New Year has arrived it is the perfect time to set your selves a new challenge you wouldn’t expect yourself to do. But why not raise some money whilst doing it!

Charity challenge has the option of 192 different challenges across the world, you can simply choose your destination, date, activity and difficulty level and you are on your way. With so many different options to choose from, there is something for everyone. Some of the challenges are already in aid of a chosen charity and others enable you to support a charity of your choice.

If you wish to stay in Britain, there are plenty of choices, for example the 24 Peaks in 24 Hours where you have just 24 hours to scale 24 peaks in one of Britain’s most rocky and stimulating settings for adventurers: the Lake District. The terrain is extremely varied with steep ascents and descents adding to a real test of endurance. This is set as a tough challenge, but if you are up for it, why not give it a go. This challenge is in aid of the Chai Cancer Charity.

There are options for those who enjoy cycling as well as extreme challenges; you could cycle from Bordeaux to Barcelona. The cycle is a truly classic ride that takes you from southern France, across the Pyrenees and eventually arriving in Spain. Be prepared for a superb assortment of scenery and sights along the way including vineyards, famous Tour de France cols, gorges and fabulous rock formations. This would take around 9 days to complete, but make sure you pack light!

Maybe if you would prefer a moderate challenge that involves dogs, there is even something for you. You can head over to Sweden to do the dog sledding challenge. This challenge entails a team of loyal huskies leading the way through the snow-covered forests and mountains of Swedish Lapland, across 200kms of stunning, frozen landscape. Experience the silence of nature while gliding through this winter wonderland, taking the opportunity to spot elk and reindeer and even see the remarkable Northern Lights.

Challenge yourself for charity in 2017

Perhaps you are a well-trained skier who would be able to face an extreme challenge skiing for 16 days in the North Pole. You can add your name to the short list of adventurers who have journeyed to the top of the world. This challenge is definitely not for the faint-hearted as the route crosses the polar ice cap. The group will face an ever-changing variety of obstacles, while skiing and sledging through this stunning, but dangerous, setting.

These are just few of many examples of challenges that you can get involved in, go alone or with friends or family but don’t miss out. The best part isn’t that you can travel the world and make amazing memories but you can do it whilst raising money and being sponsored for charity.

If you wish to get involved, click here.

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Megan Johnson is an English Language student at Sheffield Hallam University