New year, new challenge

Fancy a challenge in 2017? How about signing up for Trek Morocco, supported by Ocorian, to raise money for Autism Jersey? In September, 20 people will head off for the unforgettable scenery of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco.

Travelling with the organisation Charity Challenge, participants will scramble over the huge boulders and rocks of northern Africa’s tallest peak, Jebel Toubkhal, which stands at 4,167 metres.

The weather and terrain are what make this challenge tough, and Autism Jersey will be organising team-building training walks in preparation for it. What you might not be prepared for, however, is sleeping at 3,200 metres above sea level and, the night before summiting, staying in a refuge where facilities are very basic.

Dr Helen Miles, the vice-chair of Autism Jersey who is joining the trek with her husband Richard, says: ‘Like the Kilimanjaro Trek in 2014, this trek will be a real adventure – an opportunity to challenge yourself to something a little different to raise money for an important cause – a purpose-built centre that will improve services for people with autism in Jersey.’

The trek is being supported by Ocorian, whose managing director Shane Hollywood says: ‘Ocorian is very proud to be supporting the Autism Jersey Trek in 2017. Whilst advancements in diagnosis and management continue to develop, autism remains a complex condition. The team undertaking the trek across the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco will certainly face a number of challenges but we have every faith that they will be successful and raise important money for this worthwhile cause. All the very best of luck from the staff at Ocorian.’

*Trekkers leave Jersey on 13 September 2017. Read more information here or email trek@autismjersey.org