Location: Finland, Kuusamo
Trip Date: 8th - 12th March 2018
In March 2018, we are embarking on our next big Challenge for a Cause - aptly named Arctic Adventure to help rebuild the future for the Dickinson family.
During the incredible Arctic Adventure 2018, the team will experience cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and husky-sledding while making a real difference to the Dickinson’s family life. The Arctic Adventure is taking place between 8-12 March 2018 in Finland, Kuusamo.
Caz Dickinson, a mother, grandmother and a loving wife spent 15 years working for a large electrical wholesaler until her life changed in the blink of an eye. On the 4 January 2009, Caz collapsed in her home, hit her head on the bathroom floor and was rushed to hospital where she was diagnosed with a Grade 4 brain haemorrhage. Since her collapse, she has faced numerous major operations and has been left with severe, irreversible brain damage.
Over the years, Caz’s husband Mick has helped her through her struggles and kept her positive while supporting their three daughters. Throughout this time, the family struggled to get financial aid, and after being made redundant from his job, Mick was left without any income to cover the mortgage, hospital visits and other expenses. This resulted in them losing their family home in October 2013.
Despite the challenging situation, Mick found another job and a rented property which would accommodate his wife upon her return from the hospital. In November 2015, he was given the option to take voluntary redundancy, which gave him an opportunity to bring Caz home and become her full-time carer.
The Electrical Industries Charity’s second Challenge for a Cause campaign will help to raise much-needed money to help the Dickinson family with their financial struggles and to allow the family to focus on caring for Caz. This incredible challenge is aiming to raise £250,000 for the Dickinson family which will enable them to secure a lasting family home and will help with Caz’s development and care.
Deposit: £300 (due on sign up)
Trip cost: £500 (payable 10 days from event date)
Minimum fundraising target: £1000
Fly to Finland and arrive in Kuusamo, in north - eastern Finland. A major centre for winter sports, Kuusamo is surrounded by beautiful unspoilt scenery. Drive through these seemingly unspoilt scenery and endless snow - covered landscapes to the night cabin where an evening meal will be provided.
Start the day learning the basics of cross-country skiing – one of the most popular winter hobbies in Finland. A relatively short tour through the flat pine forest and frozen lakes tests what you have learned, keep your eyes peeled for reindeer!! After skiing through a choice of tracks dependant on your level you will have a go at making quinzees – a type of igloo – before relaxing back at the cabin, where the sauna will soothe any aching muscles!
Today you set off wearing snowshoes from the cabin, following a route through beautiful snow - covered forests of pine and spruce. The landscapes are magical, and the silence of the surroundings, broken only by the crunch of the snow and our laughter, adds to the atmosphere. Today you break for a team picnic lunch around an open fire, then continue the invigorating journey. Back at the cabin, you finish the quinzees – anyone wanting to sleep in them overnight can do so – there’s even the opportunity to try ice swimming! The sauna beckons again tonight, with the hopes to see the magical Northern Lights.
Drive to a husky farm where you will meet the adorable, intelligent, and very photogenic teams of huskies! After learning a little about the dogs, there will be an introduction to sled-driving before you set off! The dogs will be excited when they sense a run, but when everybody is ready to go they suddenly go quiet as they set off through the frozen wilderness. The trail takes you through snow-white forests and frozen lakes, and the day is a truly memorable highlight of the trip. Late afternoon you head to the hotel, where celebrations can begin, reflecting on your arctic achievements.
Early start for the drive to the airport for the journey home.
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