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What a challenge! Housing specialist team prepare to haul 4.5 tonne HealthBus over five kilometres

By Andrew Diprose [email protected]

Published: March 25, 2024 | Updated: 25th March 2024

It’s being described as the ultimate physical challenge.

Team members at Dorset-based affordable housing specialist AJC Group have started training for their ‘HealthBus Challenge’ next month.

They hope to raise £10,000 for the HealthBus Trust with a week-long campaign including gruelling lifts, skips and jumps.

It will culminate in the 35-strong AJC team hauling a 4.5 tonne HealthBus along the promenade from Sandbanks to Bournemouth for a distance of 5kms.

The challenge starts on April 15.

Collectively, the team plan to do 500 lifts, 5,000 jumps and 200,000 skips.

The money raised will support vital funds for the Healthbus Trust.

The charity provides essential healthcare and wellbeing to people experiencing homelessness in Bournemouth and the surrounding areas.

David Cracklen, Director of AJC Group, said: “We’ve started training and already we know this will be our most physically challenging fundraiser to date.

“We are determined to succeed, even if we can’t walk for days after.

“Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole has the highest number of rough sleepers outside of London, so the work that the HealthBus Trust and its homeless charity partners provide are needed more than ever.

“We want to raise as much money as possible and hope there will be lots of people to cheer us on and donate on our final day.”

Deano Pickering, Executive Director at HealthBus Trust, said: “This is by far the craziest and most punishing challenge anyone has undertaken to raise money for us.

“We are so grateful to AJC Group.

“Collaborations like this are instrumental in sustaining our life-saving initiatives and specialised care for individuals facing homelessness in our town.”

To donate to AJC Group’s Ultimate Challenge, visit https://www.justgiving.com/page/ajc-group-1708943589751

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