Dorset Local Supports Charity, Committing to 5 Ultimate Fundraising Challenges

Jordan Bishop, Account Executive at Waste Management Facilities, Bournemouth will be completing five ultimate challenges, pushing his body and mind out of his comfort zone to fundraise for local mental health charity, Dorset Mind.

Jordan (pictured above) says, “I am very much excited about the upcoming challenges, I am equally nervous, scared, and apprehensive about what is to come. I am most looking forward to doing the challenges with a great bunch of people whilst fundraising for an essential charity in Dorset.”

The five challenges include:

Challenge 1 
Run a half marathon in the Bournemouth Bay Run. This run takes place every year and covers the stretch of golden sand alongside the South’s coastline.

Challenge 2 
Hike 100km in The Jurassic Coast Ultra Challenge within 24hrs. This hike covers the uneven terrain of the stunning World Heritage coastline.

Challenge 3 
Complete the Three Peaks Challenge. Hike the tallest mountains in England, Scotland, and Wales all within 24hrs. Trekking around 26 miles and ascending a total height of almost 3,000m.

  • Snowdon, in Wales (1085m)
  • Scafell Pike, in England (978m)
  • Ben Nevis, in Scotland (1345m)

Challenge 4 
15,000ft skydive with 60 seconds of freefall at Go Skydive in Salisbury.

Challenge 5 
Jordan’s final challenge is the Iceland Fire & Ice Trek, which involves 4 days of trekking through caves, volcanos, and icefalls, whilst camping out in the wilderness.

These tough challenges will push Jordan, requiring a huge amount of training dedication, resilience, and physical/mental strength.

Leisure & Hospitality entrepreneur and Dorset Mind Ambassador, Ty Temel will be supporting Jordan alongside fellow fundraisers participating in the above challenges,

Really excited to get stuck into the 2023 Dorset Mind challenges alongside Jordan and many others. The support for these challenges has been great.  

Keeping physically active and challenging yourself beyond your comfort zone is as much a mental challenge as it is physical. And the more we step outside of our comfort zones the more resilience we build.”

Jordan shares why he’s fundraising for Dorset Mind,

“My first introduction to Dorset Mind was way back in November 2017 when my boxing coach and friend Johnny Whittam sadly took his life.

The support received from everyone at Dorset Mind was special and the relationship then blossomed. Dorset Mind became involved in every VCBC show in 2018 and 2019. It was a special partnership between all at the Fit2Box gym and Dorset Mind and even presented opportunities for myself and my dad with the charity.

The reasons I am taking part in the challenges for Dorset Mind to most are obvious, it is common knowledge of the struggles I have experienced with my own mental health. I see this as an opportunity to test myself and gain invaluable life experiences with what I am about to embark on.

The challenges themselves are a new experience for me, adding fuel to why I am doing it. I am entering the unknown and want to show myself I have the strength to carry on and confront my defiance.

I want to evolve and help as many people as I possibly can and give back to a community who have supported me in the past”.  

Dorset Mind CEO, Linda O’Sullivan says,

“We’re inspired by Jordan’s determination and commitment!

Our fundraiser efforts help support vital mental health support delivered by Dorset Mind.

Jordan will join fellow fundraisers to complete these challenges. Some fundraisers with shared lived experiences of mental health illness.

Our Dorset Mind team will support fundraisers throughout the challenges. Go Team Dorset Mind!”.

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