Tracey set for Bear Grylls survival challenge in Africa

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Tracey Francis will be surviving for seven days in the African wilderness when she takes on a Bear Grylls Survival Academy challenge to raise money for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

Capula employee Tracey – who works as the director’s PA at the head office in Stone – will be taking part in the extreme survival challenge in Zimbabwe in November.

The intensive seven-day Bear Grylls Survival Academy challenge – run in partnership with the M6toll and Midlands Air Ambulance Charity – will take place under the guidance of expert instructors trained by Bear’s Man v Wild/Born Survivor crew.

Tracey is currently in training to take part in the challenge, which is designed to test courage, determination, instinct, fitness, resourcefulness and self-reliance. She has previously taken part in other intensive challenges and last year scaled Mount Kilimanjaro with a team of adventurous Capula employees, helping to raise over £14,000 for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

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For the Bear Grylls Survival Academy challenge, the initial training received on arrival at the bush camp in the Nakavango Conservation centre in Victoria Falls will equip the team of 10 with skills needed to complete a final 36-hour expedition where they will find themselves trapped in a gorge, on a beach and alone as a team for the night.

The following morning the team will need to traverse, climb and paddle their way back alone, but there will only be a narrow window of opportunity to catch the helicopter pick-up back to civilisation. All of this will take place across rugged, open African terrain where lions, rhinos and giraffes – to name a few – will be roaming around in the immediate vicinity.

Tracey said: “I can’t wait to enjoy this experience of a lifetime. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills such as night tracking, stalking, navigating, building survival shelters, finding, purifying and filtering rancid water, foraging for wild food and most importantly making and lighting fires to hopefully keep anything hostile away from the overnight camp. I’ve had so much support from my family, friends and colleagues, in fact I’m on track to raise £5,000 for the charity.”

The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has to raise £7 million every year to continue its lifesaving work.

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There is more information about the range of Bear Grylls Survival Academy challenges HERE



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