Fundraising Challenges


Welcome to the SFCS Fundraising Challenges page. St. Francis’ Children’s Society has links with a number of local fundraising events including various runs, marathons and other physical challenges.  Here, you will find information about the events we are currently affiliated with and how you can participate.

We hope you will find inspiration, but if you are looking for an event which is not listed, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Together we will find the right fundraising challenge for you!

Thank you for your interest in supporting us, it really means the world to us.

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Northampton Half Marathon

Sunday 3rd September 2017

Join the SFCS Northampton half-marathon team! All our runners are eligible for a free place and in return we ask you to set your fundraising target at a minimum of £100. And don’t worry if you haven’t fundraised before, our dedicated Fundraising Officer will be there to help you with your fundraising.

The race starts with a tour of Northampton’s heritage. Starting at the Guildhall, touring the town centre and an inspiring finish in the shadow of Delapre Abbey making a terrific backdrop for the Northampton Half Marathon.

Please note that if you unable to raise enough to cover the registration fee, you have the option of paying the £26.00 registration fee for affiliated runners and £29 for unaffiliated or alternatively we can ask the organisers to remove you from the race, whichever is most preferable to yourself.

However, you will receive fundraising support from Leanne, our Fundraising Officer who will be able to help you if you are struggling and advise you of simple and fun ways to reach your target.

To receive your charity place or if you have any queries, please get in touch with us at or call on 01908 572734 for an informal chat.

Milton Keynes Marathon & Half Marathon

May 2018 – date tbc

Join the St. Francis’ Children’s Society MK Marathon & Half Marathon team!

With 4,500 acres of woodlands, lakesides, parks and landscaped areas within the city boundary, Milton Keynes is the ideal setting for a Green City Marathon. The course is a single lap, traffic-free route on closed roads and cycle paths and has great PB potential.

We have three marathon and two half-marathon places and we’d love you to join our team. All we ask in return is for you to raise a minimum of £250.  If you are offered a place, then we ask for a small registration fee of £15 to secure your place.

Own place runners: if you have already signed up for the MK marathon, but would still like to be part of our team, then we’d love to hear from you. There’s no minimum fundraising target, just raise as much as you can.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please contact us at or call on 01908 572734.

Skydive for FREE!

Fundraise - Sky DiversIf you’ve ever wanted to do a sky dive, but didn’t think you could afford it, this could be your perfect opportunity.  Thanks to SkyLine Parachuting, as long as you raise a certain amount of sponsorship money, your jump and your training will be FREE.  And SFCS will receive a sizeable donation from your efforts at the same time!

The minimum amounts you will be asked to raise are as follows:

Tandem Skydive: £395
Static Line Square: £360
Accelerated Freefall: £535

From these sums, SFCS will receive an average donation of £140 and you will receive your parachute jump for FREE!

You can register your interest directly with SkyLine, but please don’t hesitate to contact us at or call 01908 572734 if you have any questions or want to find out more

Visit amazing places, take on a challenge, raise funds and make a difference.

We’ve teamed up with Discover Adventure, who have been running adventurous and challenging trips all over the world since 1994. We’ve listed four of our favourites, but if they don’t pique your interest then there are over 70 open challenges to choose from. Find your challenge at Discover Adventure and raise funds for us.

If you have any queries, please email Leanne or give her a call on 01908 572734 for an informal chat.

London Marathon & Half-Marathon Walk: 23rd September 2017

A cockney-themed 26.2 mile marathon walk (half-marathon also available).

The route goes towards the church of St-Mary-le-Bow, centre of London’s Cockney heritage, while having fun learning the old cockney rhyming slang (some of which you will have to figure out yourself as you go along!).

Registration Fee: £25
Marathon Cost: £50
Half-Marathon Cost: £35

Book for the London Marathon Walk here

Book for the London Half Marathon Walk here

For more information on this event, click here

Great Wall of China Trek: 10 days

You will never forget the first time you see the Great Wall of China.

Stretching 6000km in a dotted line across China, the Great Wall was begun in the 5th Century BC. Immerse yourself in its history, embrace a new and fascinating culture whilst exploring some of the most beautiful scenery in China.

Registration Fee: £299
Tour Cost: £1350
Airline Taxes: £225

Book for Great Wall of China Trek here

For more information on this event, click here

Inca Trail

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: 10 days

Machu Picchu is one of the most iconic sights in South America.

The Inca Trail is the traditional route to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, and is rated one of the top 5 treks in the world – and that is not just because of where the trail ends. Walking through hypnotically beautiful cloud forest and the rainforest, you’ll be immersed in a totally organic environment.

Registration Fee: £499
Tour Cost: £1750
Airline Taxes: £250

Book for Inca Trail to Machu Picchu here

For more information, please click here

Three Peaks Challenge

Yorkshire Three Peaks Weekend: July - September

Soak up the views over a dramatic landscape of rocky outcrops and limestone scars.

This region was shaped by glaciers many thousands of years ago, and there are plenty of geological landmarks – striking limestone outcrops and unusual rock formations – to pique our interest as we walk.

Registration Fee: £75 – £80
Tour Cost: £245 – £250

Book for the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge here

For more information on this event, click here

All challenges are ‘open challenges’, which means they are open to anyone. People fundraising for other charities will also be taking part in these events. We ask you to cover the costs of the challenge yourself – the fees outlined above are payable directly to the tour operator, Discover Adventure.

There are no minimum sponsorship targets for any of these challenges – any amount you can raise will be gratefully received! But even though there are no sponsorship targets, we are still here to support you. We will help you raise as much as you can and help you make the most of your adventure!