Fundraising duo taking on three epic challenges to raise money for Birmingham hospital charity.

Jake Mattock and Mike Goddard, calling themselves team Adventure Antidote, are taking on three incredible challenges to raise money for Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity. The duo is hoping to raise £250,000 and all the money they raise will go towards the charity’s military home away from home, Fisher House and the Diving with the Injured Fund.

Last month the pair embarked on their first challenge – running the Ice Bug Frozen Lake Marathon in Norway. This unique event is only open to 500 participants each year and takes place on a track entirely made of ice. When they returned home Mike said, “It was an incredible few days and finishing the run was amazing. I loved every minute of it.” Jake also described it as an incredible experience and said, “I really enjoyed being part of such a unique marathon. Thank you to everyone who’s donated so far, we’re already looking forward to the next challenge.”

That next challenge takes place this September, which will see them climb the Matterhorn in Switzerland, one of the most notoriously difficult peaks to summit in Europe. They are then saving their biggest challenge for last, rowing 8,400km across the Indian Ocean. They will be the first pair to ever complete this journey, setting a new world record!

As well as raising money for charity, the pair are passionate about mental health and are hoping to inspire others to get outdoors into nature to encourage positive wellbeing. Jake said, “We want to do something big and raise money for a good cause. We also want to inspire people to get outdoors to help improve mental and physical health.” Mike added, “It’s a great opportunity to give back to our brave veterans after they’ve given so much to the country.”

You can follow their fundraising journey on Instagram @theadventureantidote, and you can make a donation by visiting their JustGiving page:

Fisher House offers a home away from home for injured military personnel and their families and is located within walking distance of Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The house provides a safe haven for families and eliminates the stress of finding somewhere to stay as well as the pressures of travelling back and forth to the hospital.

Diving with the Injured is a charitable programme supported by the Defence Medical Services Diving Club and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity. The programme takes wounded and injured service personnel on diving trips around the world as part of their rehabilitation, building resilience and confidence.