Intrepid councillors take on mystery trek challenge for charity

 wo intrepid Malvern Hills councillors will be racing against the clock to trek their way back to Malvern from a mystery location as part of a charity challenge.

Starting on Friday (25 October), the 48-hour 'Drop the Councillors' challenge will see Cllr Natalie McVey and Cllr Daniel Walton blindfolded and taken to an unknown destination in the UK.

They will be challenged with making their way back to Malvern using only their powers of investigation, a map, a compass and the stars.

The councillors won't have access to cash, are not allowed to use electronic means of navigation and will not be allowed to use public transport.

The destination will be decided by Cllr Sarah Rouse, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, along with Cllr Mick Davies and Cllr Peter Whatley.

Funds raised from the challenge will go towards the Maggs Day Centre Malvern, which will be a direct access day centre providing help and support to rough sleepers and people at risk of homelessness.

The centre, which will be based at the Salvation Army Hall on Newtown Road in Malvern, will cost £38,000 to recruit, train and employ staff for a 12-month trial.

Cllr Natalie McVey, at Malvern Hills District Council, said: "I am so excited to be taking on this challenge to raise funds for such a great cause. The Maggs Day Centre Malvern will provide a much-needed safe space for rough sleepers and vulnerable people across the district, as well as support, hot meals, a place to shower and laundry facilities."

Cllr Daniel Walton, at Malvern Hills District Council, said: "This challenge will really take us out of our comfort zone, we will be blindfolded and taken to an unknown destination, hitch-hiking, sleeping outside and trekking for miles. We hope people will show their support and donate what they can to help."

Visit to donate.

Pictured: Cllr Daniel Walton and Cllr Natalie McVey will be taking on the 'Drop the Councillors' challenge.​

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