Planning ahead in hope, Diverse Abilities, in partnership with Charity Challenge, has launched its Dorset 3 Peaks challenge for 2021. Hopefully, on Saturday, June 19, participants can trek across the Wessex Ridgeway to raise funds for Dorset’s disability charity.

Lewesdon Hill, Pilsdon Pen, and Bulbarrow Hill are the target. Summits total 1,530 metres high, taller than Ben Nevis, but covering a marathon distance of 26.2 miles across the Ridgeway.

Simon Albert, Charity Challenge director, said: “At the moment, people really want something to look forward to, to get fit for, to focus on during restrictions, and this helps tick all those boxes. It’s good for people’s health and wellbeing to get fresh air, stay in shape, and do something positive for others.”

Starting from Dorchester Football Ground, the challenge is completely unique and provides spectacular views across the Dorset countryside. Everyone should arrive with a sense of adventure as the route uses country lanes and some less well-known footpaths in order to reach the goal.

Registration costs £35, but minimum fundraising target is £265, and Charity Challenge is offering 10% discount until Sunday, January 31. Registration fee includes practical advice before and on the day, discounts with select outdoor retailers, and drinking water and snacks throughout the trek itself.

Karen Hay, events manager at Diverse Abilities, added: “This really is a fantastic challenge, and is also a good opportunity for corporate groups to spend some time together in the great outdoors. Hitting your fundraising target will make such a difference for us, £270 can provide overnight 1:1 support for a teenager at our Transitions day centre, Lawford Lodge. This not only gives parents a night of respite, but also helps the teens practice independence as they transition to adult services.”

Diverse Abilities is the only charity in Dorset supporting children and adults with disabilities and their families, with a variety of services including Langside School, Lily’s Place, Lawford Lodge, The Beehive, and an Advice Team.

Visit diverseabilities.org.uk/d3p for more information about how to get involved, use code NY2021 for 10% off the registration fee.