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Take a three-day stroll through heart of national forest
A new charity walk is to be held in the Midlands offering participants a chance to enjoy nature at its finest. The newly launched National Forest Trek will involve a 75-mile challenge across three counties in the region. It has been created following an alliance of three charities - the National Forest Company, National Memorial Arboretum and Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Benevolent Fund. The inaugural National Forest Trek will take place from September 18 to 20, with walkers embarking on a three-day adventure along the National Forest Way, which stretches from Beacon Hill in Leicestershire to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire. National Forest Way runs through the heart of the National Forest, which has been taking shape since the first trees were planted in the mid-1990s. It now covers around 200 square miles of the Midlands, with the National Forest Company charity entrusted to ensure that it continues to thrive.
In addition to the £75 entry fee, participants will be expected to raise a minimum of £400 in donations to be split between the three charities. The route will be professionally supported with clear signage and regular refreshment stops. Overnight event villages at Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Rosliston Forestry Centre will offer camping, catering and other services to support participants at the end of each day. Close to the Trek's start, the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Stanford Hall near Loughborough helps transform and rehabilitate the lives of the nation's injured service personnel and those that assist them. The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Benevolent Fund purchases specialist goods and services for patients whilst they undertake their rehabilitation programme and ensures they can enjoy social activities over the course of their stay.
Enjoy a celebratory finish at the National Memorial Arboretum
The trek will conclude with a celebratory finish at the National Memorial Arboretum which is home to more than 380 beautifully sculpted memorials, including the National Armed Forces Memorial. The Arboretum is the nation's year-round centre of remembrance comprising 150 acres of gardens and woodlands. Its 30,000 trees are a living and lasting tribute to everyone who has served, suffered and sacrificed on behalf of the nation. Registration for the National Forest Trek is open to everyone over the age of 18. Alternatively, one and two-day challenges are also available involving distances from just five kilometres. Jack Bucker, Trustee of the National Forest Trek, said: "This exciting and transformative journey will offer a fantastic experience for everyone involved as they discover the awesome natural beauty of the National Forest. Whether you're planning on tackling the 75-mile challenge or the 5km hike, every mile will be rewarding, aware that you're raising essential funds for three amazing charities that call the National Forest their home." Details of all trek options can be found at www.nationalforesttrek.co.uk