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Established in 2012 we are a not for profit run by the charity Dig Deep. We care about people - the lives that we transform together in Kenya through your fundraising, the local people who make your challenge happen, and you. We don’t pay for the profits of UK middlemen. This means the registration fee that you pay is the most affordable and our fundraising target is the most achievable of any comparable fundraising challenge.

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We have been in your shoes. We are not asking you to do something we haven’t done ourselves. All of our team have successfully taken on challenge events with Dig Deep while at university and so are best placed to provide the support you need.

 

 

 

 

We’re here for you when you need us. We care about your well-being. We know that fundraising can be daunting, but the rewards are more than worth it. We've been there, and we're available for a natter if ever you need to unload.

 

 

 

 

You can do it, and you don’t need to take our word for it. You will join the Dig Deep family of successful past and current fundraisers, who will be there to offer support, advice and encouragement. You don’t need to find a friend to sign up with you because you’ll be joining a much bigger community.

 
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You will gain valuable experience and skills. In, amongst other things, events management, recruitment, marketing, fundraising, organisation, communications, logistics and public speaking. All this will help you develop your CV and give you a way to stand out from the crowd at interview.

 

 

 

 

You will have exclusive opportunities to intern with Dig Deep. We offer our fundraisers opportunities to broaden their experience and develop professional skills.

 

 

 

 

We can offer careers advice for progression into the third sector. We will make you aware of graduate opportunities, can support and advise you when making job applications and offer an insight into what it is like to work for a charity.

 
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For all of our challenges safety is paramount. For example, we have provision for one crew member for every climber on summit night of our Kilimanjaro climbs, ensuring we achieve over 90% success rate of fundraisers reaching the summit.

 

 

 

 

We're committed to ensuring our ground staff receive fair wages and treatment. This approach has led to us being awarded ‘Partner for Responsible Travel’ status by the Kilimanjaro Porters’ Assistance Project (KPAP), the only UK charity to receive this award. Find out more about KPAP here.

 

 

 

 

We won’t let you down. All of our challenges are covered by our comprehensive risk assessments which comply with British Standard 8848. Additionally, Dig Deep is registered with the Fundraising Regulator and adheres to their guidelines.

 

 
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Rachael Marshall
 
Partnerships and Engagement
Manager

Rachael has climbed Kilimanjaro (twice!) and Mount Kenya and cycled across the Maasai Mara for Dig Deep. Before starting full time in 2017 she had been a fundraiser, volunteer and Team Leader. 

Rachael dived head first into the world of fundraising in 2013 and hasn't looked back. She has experience in all sorts of events for your typical running events to your classic speed-dating events. Rachael is also the lead for our Period Pride and Link your Loo campaigns as well as our Ambassadors Club, so do chat with her if you have questions about any of these. 

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Simon Franklin
 
Operations and Mass Participation Event Manager

Simon has climbed Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya alongside completing a PhD in Sports and Exercise Science at Birmingham Uni before joining Dig Deep full time in 2017.

 

His fundraising experience stretches back to 2013 where he first organised charity football and netball tournaments for his Kilimanjaro fundraising challenge.

 

As the Operations Manager, his role is focussed around ensuring everyone has a safe and enjoyable challenge experience. 

Simon also climbed Kilimanjaro for the second time in 2019 where he proposed to his fiance at the summit!

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Harriet Brass

Event and Community Fundraising 
Officer

Whilst completing her degree in Human Geography, Harriet climbed Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya for Dig Deep with most of her fundraising being done with the help of her family through social events, often orientating around food.

 

Harriet has completed an MA in International Relations and joined the challenges team in July 2019.

She loves reading and hiking, and having a good old chin wag.

As the Fundraising Support Officer she is on hand to ensure all of our fundraisers have the help and support they need to succeed so just give her a call!