Norfolk ladies take on extreme survival challenge for charity

The group with the two scout guides around the campfire. Picture Maurice Gray

The group with the two scout guides around the campfire. Picture Maurice Gray - Credit: Maurice Gray

A group of friends from Walcott swapped their usual weekend plans of a girly night in for an extreme survival challenge deep in the woodlands of Norfolk.

Left to right: Julie Weston, Jo Howard, Caroline Stubbs, Karen Snelling, Nicola Bayless, Tracy Aish.

Left to right: Julie Weston, Jo Howard, Caroline Stubbs, Karen Snelling, Nicola Bayless, Tracy Aish. Picture: Maurice Gray - Credit: Maurice Gray

The six ladies, from the Walcott Zumba Group, gave up their luxuries after being challenged by Caroline and Gary Stubbs, from the Poachers' Pocket in Bacton, who are raising money for Make-a-Wish Foundation UK.

The group headed off into Gunton Woods on Friday, March 24, taking nothing but a sleeping bag, very basic supplies and a spade, staying through the weekend, emerging in the afternoon of Sunday, March 26.

The girls weren't alone in the challenge as they were accompanied by two scout guides who offered some survival essentials and also set challenges for them.

An extremely muddy obstacle course tested the friends' teamwork skills and, with no cutlery, they even had to whittle their own spoons.

The group after completing their challenge. Picture: Maurice Gray

The group after completing their challenge. Picture: Maurice Gray - Credit: Maurice Gray


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Jo Howard, 49, a training coordinator said: 'We were totally out of our comfort zone, as a group of friends we would have liked to have gone off and spent our weekend on a spa day but instead we went into the woods and got totally messy.

'We were basically surviving on basics, and we had to keep ourselves busy. Keeping the fire going we had to collect and saw wood just to keep warm.

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'The worst thing was the cold and lack of sleep because of the noises in the woods. It was all so strange, not knowing what was going to happen next. But we never felt in danger thanks to our fantastic guides. We wouldn't have survived otherwise.'

The group has raised £1200 of its £1500 target but donations can still be made.

'It was a fantastic experience. We have been friends for over six years but were have learnt so much about each other' Mrs Howard added.

'We kept reminding ourselves why we were there, to help children make their wishes come true. It makes you really appreciate what you do have in life.'

Donations can be made to Jo's just giving page or at the Poachers Pocket in Bacton.

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