Sabre Challenge 2021

Valley residents take on ultimate challenge for Rossendale Hospice

This week saw over 100 Rossendale residents take on a gruelling physical and mental challenge all to raise much needed funds for Rossendale Hospice.

Hospice supporter and former soldier, John Dawson meticulously planned The Sabre Challenge: a gruelling 8 mile trek with seven team challenges en-route. The teams of four were tested on their map reading and navigation skills, casualty extraction, communication, minefield crossing, survival skills, observation and memory. Rawtenstall Cricket Club were the host for the final challenge, an obstacle course with 6 more problem solving tasks to truly test heavy legs and tired minds. John, who sadly lost his Dad, David, a year ago to cancer wanted to plan the fundraiser in gratitude to Rossendale Hospice’s Hospice at Home team who provided care and support as well as much needed respite for the whole family during the difficult time. John said, “I was really pleased how the day went and amazed by the amount of money we managed to raise. Despite a damp start with navigation difficult in low cloud, all teams took on the challenges in their stride and it was great to see them complete the final obstacles with a smile on their face, and it put a smile on my face to hear them say that they wanted to do it again next year.”

When Bear Grylls heard about the event, he commented “An epic challenge for an amazing cause. John I admire you and all your challengers so much. Huge respect and never give up!” He even donated signed copies of his books to the prize fund. Despite the wet and foggy start all challengers seemed to thoroughly enjoy the punishing course and Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue were on hand to ensure everyone got home safe and in good time. The teams were marked on their times with penalties deducted for failed or missed tasks and the winning team of Christopher, Jay, Michael and Daniel crossed the finish line in a spectacular 2 hours and 19 minutes, narrowly beating out Daniel’s brother Jamie and his team, who came in a close second.

Both John and Rossendale Hospice would like to thank sponsors without whom the event wouldn’t have been to take place: Mission Labs, Limelight Signs and Wynsors Shoes, along with every single volunteer who helped along route and of course to each participant all of whom went above and beyond on the day to make it an event to remember. Their fundraising efforts to date have raised over £8,300 with donations and personal sponsorships still coming in.

Sabre Challenge 2021