The Royal Marines Commando Challenge has been going for many years, however from 2016 the event is now owned by and raising funds for Devon Air Ambulance Trust and The Royal Marines Charity.
In recognition of Woodbury Common being a special area of conservation the event organisers have also undertaken to donate £5 from each entry to Pebblebed Heath to carry on their essential conservation work.
A bit more about our charities:
DEVON AIR AMBULANCE TRUST
Our aim is to relieve sickness and injury through provision of an outstanding emergency air ambulance service tailored to the specific needs and challenges of Devon. We want to provide the best possible service we can to our patients and the whole community, making the most effective use of the funds we receive from our supporters and donors ensuring the service is here to stay for the long-term.
Our primary aim for 2016 is to extend our operating hours after dark to midnight all year round, from October.
Devon Air Ambulance Trust is rooted within the community we serve and we never lose sight of the people who make what we do possible. Funded by and for the people of Devon is not just a strapline but a guiding principle. Saying thank you and recognising that it is the real people of Devon who save lives, not us, is paramount.
The charity was founded by a local woman who lost her son when he was hit by a car whilst cycling. Ann Ralli campaigned, lobbied and fundraised all over the county for the best part of 5 years to get the service up and running and this grassroots approach is what still differentiates us from other charities.
We are totally committed to being the best and doing the best by our supporters, whether volunteer, donor, business or school. As set out in our supporter promise, we do not buy or sell donor data, we do not use commercial telesales or direct mail to badger people for donations. We treat our supporters the way we expect to be treated ourselves and never forget that we are custodians of their hard-earned money with a responsibility to do our best with this not just for today’s service but for the future.
One of our greatest strengths is our corps of over 475 volunteers who give up their time to work in our charity shops, support our administration, give talks and presentations about our work and help with community fundraising and events.
The Royal Marines Charity
Royal Marines have always been the first to understand, first to adapt and respond and the first to overcome – that’s the Commando Mindset but today Royal Marines and their families are fighting battles they cannot win alone.
We are the Royal Marines’ own Charity and are uniquely placed to understand, respond and react, enabling Marines and their families to overcome their challenges including life changing injury, life limiting illness, mental disability, transition to civilian life and even poverty.
We can target your support across every need to ensure no one is left behind.
The Commando Mindset isn’t always enough, with your help the Royal Marines Family will win their battles.
Royal Marines and their families supported through life.
To provide the best possible through life charitable support for Royal Marines, their families, veterans and cadets.
We are a single, unified and integrated charity for the Royal Marines extended Corps family, where cadets, the serving Corps, veterans and families are supported through life with benevolence, comradeship, transition support and amenities, underpinned with a cohesive sense of heritage and esprit de corps.
The Commando Challenge takes place under license on East Devon's Pebblebed Heaths.
This beautiful, open access wilderness is designated common land and covers over 1,000 hectares. It is managed for nature and recreation by the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust (www.pebblebedheaths.org.uk). This conservation charity was established by the owners Clinton Devon Estates in 2006 (www.clintondevon.com).
The rarity of the heathland landscape and the richness of the wildlife has earned the site multiple European and national conservation designations including Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Special Protection Area (SPA) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC).It represents one of Europe's most important and fragile wildlife sites, and events are only allowed under license.
Part of the income generated from the Challenge supports the management work of the Conservation Trust.
Please, no vehicles, camping or fires are allowed on the Pebblebed Heaths