Hello everyone! If you’ve been keeping up with us on social media in the past few weeks then you may have noticed a subtle change in our posts. For better or for worse that’s probably because a new person has joined the team… me (Billy)!

Who am I and why have I gotten involved?

So let’s start with a little about myself. Over the last few years I’ve grown more and more determined to get involved in the charity sector. After finishing University for the summer I was eager to improve my skills by working for a charity organisation and, while searching for a position, I came across an internship opportunity with SALVE International. Admittedly, I had not heard of SALVE but after researching their project I was instantly inspired. In addition to thinking that everybody should be entitled to an equal standard of education, I also feel very strongly that to have a roof over one’s head is an inalienable human right.

The Peak District Challenge

To my delight, a few days after interviewing for the position I received a phone call informing me that I was to be the new Fundraising and Research Officer of SALVE International – an impressive title for an internship I thought! Although I had applied for several positions, the role at SALVE was the one I really wanted. This was in no small part due to the opportunity to get involved with the Peak District Challenge. In fact, I had been so excited by the Peak District Challenge that I was prepared to participate even if I didn’t get the job. However, my position at SALVE meant that I would no longer be able to partake in the Challenge this year due to having to support the event, but this news came as somewhat of a relief; 90km in 24 hours with a 2,800m ascent! Not for me thanks (seriously, good luck with that though Gold challengers).

Settling in

Joking aside, I’m very grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given to work with SALVE and on the Peak District Challenge. Being involved with the charity has allowed me to better understand the work that they do in Uganda and has really inspired me further. If I was invested in the cause before I began, I am definitely more so now. It’s so exciting to know that the money we raise through the event will help the charity manage to move onto it’s own land (by converting a barn) so that they won’t have to pay rent anymore by the end of the year! This will mean they will have more resources to help more young people be able to leave the streets and be reunited with their family.

Two weeks into my role I already feel like part of the team here and it’s a real privilege to work with such great people, on such an exciting event, for some amazing causes. I feel like I know everything there is to know about the Peak District Challenge and when I say that it’s a fantastic event, I’m not just saying that because I work here, it really is! Having trawled through hundreds of pictures from last year’s Challenge, having studied the route plans and checkpoint locations in meticulous detail, I really cannot wait for the 29th August. It’s all set up to be a really exciting weekend and we hope to see as many of you there as possible.

What next?

While the 90km might be a bit too much for me, I will definitely be participating in the Peak District Challenge 2015 (I’m still deciding which distance to attempt), and I’m hopeful the event will have kept growing in size and reputation. For that to happen we need to make sure that we keep spreading the word by telling anybody and everybody about it.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the social media updates and the cheesy rhymes, and if you haven’t signed up for the Challenge yet, what are you waiting for?! I’m looking forward to meeting you on the day/night!

Thanks for reading folks,

Billy.