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Adventure September

This September, it will be one year since the launch of The Courtyard Project!  In this time we've managed to raise over £300,000!  This is an amazing milestone in reaching the £1.5 million needed to complete the development.  We are very grateful to the people who have been part of this next chapter in the Abernethy story so far; we couldn’t have got to this point without your incredible support.

To mark the one year anniversary, we are launching “Adventure September” – a month of taking up challenges, facing fears and venturing out on intrepid journeys.  You are invited to join us in our quest to see if together we can raise £15,000 during the month of September!

How to join us

Live the adventure – Pick a challenge!

At Abernethy, we are passionate about living life to the full and sharing outdoor adventures. We’d love to take this opportunity to encourage you to join us in our mission this September.  You could take part in an organised event, or why not create an adventure of your own, with your family or with friends.  (See below for some ideas).

Give the adventure – Get sponsored or sponsor someone else.

Whether you raise £5 or £5000, we really appreciate any money that you manage to raise towards enabling The Courtyard Project.  All donations will go into this new opportunity at our Nethybridge centre, providing a more accessible site and an improved experience for our guests and staff.  The Courtyard will be used to give more young people and adults the opportunity to benefit from Abernethy adventures for generations to come.  

For those who are not able to be sponsored themselves, you might like to sponsor someone else who is taking on a challenge. Whether it is one of our team members, or someone else that you know, your support will be a great encouragement to them, and a blessing to our guests as we work to serve them through the vision of Abernethy.

Plan your adventure

Create your own challenge… Here’s just a few ideas.

  • Go for a microadventure – Need some inspiration?  Check out this blog for some ideas
  • Try a new type of food
  • Pick a random spot on the map and make your way there
  • Get on your bike for an epic journey
  • Set yourself a wild swimming challenge
  • Climb a mountain with your whole family
  • Sleep out under the stars
  • Face a fear – challenge yourself to hold a snake or go abseiling to conquer your fear of heights.

Join an organised event:

  • Tough Mudder - A modern classic. The Tough Mudder is a giant adventure course with added mud; lots of mud. With events up and down the country, these incredibly fun challenges reward teamwork.  Click HERE to find out more before selecting your dream team, and have a look at the video below!
  • Mini Mudder - Like the Tough Mudder, but for a slightly younger adventurer! Click HERE to find out more, and see if you have what it takes! 
  • TrailFest - TrailFest has been described as the 'UK's ultimate trail run".  25km or 50km of trail running in the stunning Peak District.  Click HERE for more information 
  • TrekFest - The older, slight slower brother of TrailFest, TreckFest is a 50km or 25km trek through one of three parts of the UK.  Click HERE to find out more and pick your National Park
  • 24 Peak Challenge - 24 peaks in 24 hours, all of them over 2,400 feet tall. Explore the Lake District in one tough weekend.  Click HERE for more information and see the list of peaks
  • Rat Race - A 105 mile adventure crossing of the Scottish Highlands.  Run, cycle and kayak from Nairn, along Loch Ness, past Fort William to Glencoe.  Click HERE to find out more and see the route
  • Glenmore 24 - Ever wondered how far you could run in 24 hours?  The Glenmore 24 will help you answer that exact question!  There is a 12 hour version too - click HERE for more information on the event.

How to get started

You can create a MyDonate page to help raise money online for your Adventure September challenge.

Here’s how to set up your page:

  1. Go to the My Donate page for Adventure September – click HERE
  2. Click on the pink button that says “Start fundraising”
  3. Log in or Sign up to My Donate
  4. Create you page by uploading a photo and a few sentences about the challenge you are taking on.  Set a target for how much you want to raise
  5. Share your page with all your friends and family!




Join or support the Abernethy Team

Rat Race - Coast to Coast 

A team of 4 are going to be completing this 105 mile crossing of the Scottish Highlands for The Courtyard Project.  Two instructors from Nethybridge, alongside two ex-staff, will run, cycle and kayak from Nairn, along Loch Ness, past Fort William to Glencoe.   

Click HERE to find out more and see the route, and click HERE to read more about the challenge and sponsor the boys! 

Tour O The Borders

Phil Simpson, Abernethy CEO, is preparing for the Tour O The Borders.  From Phil himself: 

"Abernethy is a brilliant charity that has a positive impact and enriches the lives of young people.  To help fundraise for more of Abernethy, for more people, for many more years, I am doing a sponsored bike ride of 120k/74 miles and 1,430m/4,691ft of ascent on closed roads.  To say I am challenged by the thought is an understatement.  Never having done anything like this I have been training all year and hope to be ready on 3rd September.  It’s a good cause – please sponsor me: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/philsimpson1"

5 Ferry Challenge

Donald Walker, Minister at Abernethy Parish Church will be taking part in the 5 Ferry challenge (4 cycle sections, 5 ferry crossings around Scotland). 

Click HERE to find out more and see the route, and click HERE to read more about the challenge and sponsor Donald!

Nethybridge Open Day 

On Sunday 10th September, Abernethy Nethybridge will be hosting their annual open day!  Come and have a look around the centre, see the plans for The Courtyard Project and try your hand at some of the adventure activities we have onsite.  There'll be a BBQ, afternoon tea, and some delicious home baking.  Running between 12.30 to 4.30pm, it'll be a great afternoon out for all the family!

The centre is near the Nethybridge golf course, there will be signs to point you in the right direction.  The address is: Abernethy Trust, Nethybridge, PH25 3ED