For those of you that weren’t aware, after providing Virgin with a team of medics and state-of-the-art equipment in 2014, Jigsaw went one step further this year and were one of the key sponsors of this year’s STRIVE Challenge.
In 2014, Jigsaw provided the ambulances, medical staff, and equipment, whilst a 10-strong team hiked, ran, rowed, cycled climbed from London to the summit of the Matterhorn in Switzerland. The 2016 challenge picked up where the 2014 challenge ended and saw the core team of 25 (as well as several others) tackle a punishing 30-day journey from the base of the Matterhorn to Mount Etna in Sicily, all whilst being looked after by #TeamJigsaw’s expert team of medics.
The initial challenge was set up in 2014 by Sam Branson and cousin Noah Devereux and involved a team of people testing themselves via a series of ultra-endurance challenges, all to raise funds for the charity, Big Change.
Big Change was created in 2012 by Holly and Sam Branson and four friends to think differently about the role charity can play in driving positive change for young people across the UK. Big Change finds and supports early stage projects or charities that are rethinking the way of setting up young people in the UK so that they can thrive in life and not just in exams. To do this, rather than supporting one project or one idea, Big Change nurture a portfolio of cutting-edge projects providing skills, opportunities and support for young people to empower them to succeed. Big Change provides these project with seed funding, support, and connections to help them in their ambition to have an impact on the lives of the next generation.
Starting from the base of the Matterhorn in Switzerland, and only after a good luck message from the boss, the core team and the rest of the strivers (which included the boss’s fiancé) hiked 66km into Italy!
— Jigsaw Medical (@jigsaw_medical) September 2, 2016
All whilst being looked after by Jigsaw’s amazing team of medics, physios, and doctors!
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) September 2, 2016
After successfully completing the gruelling hike, the team then undertook an even more gruelling 3-stage, 15-day cycle across the stunning, but deceptively mountainous Italian countryside!
For those that follow the blog and Jigsaw on Social Media will know that #TeamJigsaw’s very own Compliance Manager, Jan Pomfret completed the first cycle stage of the challenge. Jan cycled 750km (460 miles) up to an elevation of 7,740m so it was definitely no holiday!
— Jigsaw Medical (@jigsaw_medical) September 16, 2016
And according to the statistics, Jan was hailed as Queen of the mountains after proving her mettle on the torturous climbs!! A feat that definitely deserves a few quid (you can still donate at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JanetPomfret).
SHE DID IT!!!!! #TeamJigsaw's Compliance Manager, Jan Pomfret has completed the gruelling 1st cycling stage of the Virgin #STRIVE Challenge. Congratulations to Jan from everyone at Jigsaw! And remember there is still time to donate to Jan's fantastic effort by clicking on Jan's fundraising page below… http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JanetPomfret #mindset #WeStrive #BigChange
Whilst on the final stage of the cycling #TeamJigsaw came into their own when co-organiser Sam Branson and some of the other core STRIVE team took a particularly nasty fall whilst cycling on a thoroughly tricky descent! The incident didn’t escape the national press and it was very strange seeing Jigsaw Medical team members on the Hello Magazine website!
???????????????????????? On the descent of the Rocca di Pappa this morning, four Strivers came off their bikes with a nasty tumble round a blind corner. The rain from the night before had left the road slippery, but fortunately there were no cars in sight. Whilst the boys suffered from some nasty grazes and road rash, thankfully the Jigsaw Medical Team were on hand to patch them so can continue on their bikes and Strive on #WeSTRIVE @jigsawmedical #thankyou #crash #italy???????? #cycling #rome #allok
Following the cycle came the final push up to the top of Mount Etna, meaning that in just over 4 weeks, the unbelievable Strive core team hiked for 5 days from the Matterhorn to Italy, cycled for three weeks over 2,000km on a bike, swam the Straits of Messina to Sicily, mountain biked to the foothills of Mount Etna, and ran an epic half marathon up the active volcano that is Mount Etna. All whilst being followed, looked after, and no doubt encouraged by our very own #TeamJigsaw medical team!
— Jigsaw Medical (@jigsaw_medical) September 25, 2016
And so, after all the preparation and training, there’s not much to say, apart from, well done to all of the Jigsaw team involved and congratulations to everyone who took part. It’s been an incredible, enjoyable, and emotional 4 weeks!
Bring on 2018!!!