Adventurers invited to embark on fundraising trek to Petra

The local children’s hospice charity, Julia’s House, is seeking adventurers and hiking enthusiasts to join an unforgettable eight-day fundraising trek to Petra from 2-9 November 2024. 

Voted by National Geographic as one of the world’s best hikes, the route offers a unique opportunity to head off the beaten track and explore some of Jordan’s most spectacular natural scenery. 

See one of the new Seven Wonders

The highlight of the trek includes discovering the ‘Red-Rose City’ of Petra, recognised as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Explorers will follow ancient routes once known only to local Bedouin, immersing themselves in the rich historical and cultural heritage of the region. 

“We are thrilled to announce this once-in-a-lifetime adventure to Petra,” says Sarah Agnew, Events Fundraiser for Julia’s House. “Our overseas treks are something truly special; not only will you tick something extraordinary off your bucket-list, you’ll also experience unparalleled camaraderie and forge lifelong friendships.”

Breathtaking landscapes

The trek will challenge participants to cover up to ten miles a day over five consecutive days, journeying through stunning valleys, arid deserts and dramatic sandstone canyons. It has earned a growing reputation as the ‘Inca Trail of the Middle East’.  No previous trekking experience is required, although participants must ensure they have a good level of fitness, and training is strongly encouraged to prepare for the trip. 

Information evening

If you are interested in joining the trek you are invited to attend a free and informal information evening at the Julia’s House hospice in Corfe Mullen on Tuesday 12th September. You’ll have the opportunity to meet members of the Julia’s House team, who will be on hand to answer any questions, and you’ll learn more about the challenge and the vital work of the charity.  There are two presentations, starting at 6pm and 7pm, followed by a short tour of the hospice.

The registration fee for the trek is £350, with different sponsorship and payment packages available. All flights from London, transfers, accommodation and meals are included, and there will also be a chance to float in the super-salty waters of the Dead Sea or experience the rugged moonscape of Wadi Rum. 

With just 27 places available, Julia’s House is urging anyone interested to book their place or join the information evening in September to avoid disappointment.  

Help local families caring for a seriously ill child

“This trek is more than just an adventure; it’s an opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of seriously ill children and their families,” says Sarah. “By joining us, you will have the experience of a lifetime, while throwing a lifeline to parents in your community who desperately need a break because they are caring round the clock for a child with complex medical needs.”

Julia’s House receives just eight per cent government funding, and without public support from fundraising and donations would not be able to continue its vital work caring for children and families across Dorset and Wiltshire.

To find out more about the Petra trek or to book your place at the information evening, visit:  or contact the fundraising team on

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