As our Five Peaks Challenge was the first of its kind that Advocate would be organising, I was a little anxious about it going to plan, due to the added complexity of a sea crossing and travelling virtually the length of two islands in the space of 48 hours. I needn’t have worried! With the Advocate team’s meticulous attention to detail and keeping us all informed at every stage of the planning and fundraising process, we arrived at the start line in Snowdonia confident and in great order. From there it was the small matter of conquering the Five Peaks – and this is where Advocate really comes into its own. Martyn and the Advocate MLs live the event with you every step of the way, nothing is too much trouble and their expertise allows you to concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other and getting up those mountains! We endured some horrendous conditions over the two days and the team’s ability to keep collective spirits up should not be underestimated. And when we finally came off the final peak, no-one was more pleased for us than Martyn and the MLs – this is Advocate’s greatest strength – they don’t just successfully manage events, they become part of your team and really make it an experience to remember. Advocate are helping me plan a bigger and bolder expedition for the coming year and I have no doubt it will be a first class event and I would recommend to anyone thinking about undertaking an event – don’t look any further than Advocate Events.
Kevin Gartside, Barclays Five Peaks Challenge, 2014
Martyn is an inspirational, caring, knowledgeable leader, mix all that up with his fun and passion for people and the outdoors and you have the perfect team leader! Martyn is very caring, very genuine and very direct with people when he needs you to listen. He is an encourager and knows how and when to stir you on when you’re close to exhaustion. I always feel safe when he is around and his humour and positive outlook is very contagious. He is an excellent team leader and knows how to pull the group together. He builds your confidence and makes you smile when you’re struggling.
Annette, The Mount Kinabalu Challenge, October 2014
The Prostate Project at the Royal Surrey County Hospital worked with Martyn and Joanna for the first time this year. They introduced us to and organised the Surrey Three Peaks Challenge. The whole event was thoroughly enjoyable and went off very smoothly – from registering walkers to the marshalling on the day. Joanna even walked with us and encouraged us up those big hills !! We were so impressed we are doing it all again in April 2015..
Lesley Jones - The Prostate Project - 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed the Ben Nevis challenge I undertook with Advocate Events. Having climbed with them before, I was aware of their high standards of organisation, safety and creating a truly enjoyable experience. I was not disappointed this time. Jo is amazing in her attention to detail in the organisation of the trips and her communication in responding to queries. Martyn and Rob support and encourage everyone during the climb and Martyn's passion and enthusiasm is infectious. I felt safe and well cared for throughout the experience. I would recommend them to anyone considering undertaking a challenge for charity.
Hannah Wilson, The Olive Tree Ben Nevis Challenge, September 4, 2014
This has been our first year working with Martyn and Jo and it’s been a great success. It’s opened up a whole avenue of events we could never have offered our supporters on our own and those who have taken up the challenge have given glowing feedback on Advocate Events. Martyn and Jo make a great team and their organisation and efficiency is faultless. We’re looking forward to an even better year in 2015!
Marianne Watts, Community Fundraiser, The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation – 2014
We recently did the 3 Peaks Challenge with Advocate Events and can’t speak highly enough of the way in which the whole operation was organised prior to the event and during the event. Martyn and Jo were always on call to answer any questions and covered absolutely everything to make sure that everything went smoothly. The event itself was an incredible experience and with 29 of us taking part that takes some organising! However, due to the way in which the event had been run, the professionalism and at the same time the fun created by the mountain leaders, made the whole thing an experience never to forget. Not only did we all manage to raise a lot of money for our chosen charity but the whole challenge was also a great team building exercise, getting people from different parts of our business pulling together and the team spirit that was generated was fantastic. Therefore, if you were thinking of taking on such a challenge I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the team at Advocate Events.
James Evans, The Ruxley Manor Garden Centre Three Peaks Challenge, September 16 –18, 2014
When I signed up for the Surrey Three Peaks Martyn & Joanna were more than happy to deal with my many email questions promptly & clearly knew what they were talking about. We had been well informed in advance with a suggested kit list, emergency contact numbers of Advocate Events staff, a few training ideas, ordinance survey map & written directions - which, if I could follow them & end up in the right place, proved to be idiot proof..! The whole day was great, it was well prepared, well managed & well marshalled. With an experienced marshal at the front & the back of each group it was reassuring to know there was always someone nearby. There were water points along the tried & tested route & marshals were set at busy road crossings to ensure our safety. I would highly recommend an Advocate Events led event to anyone who is tempted. Martyn, Joanna & the whole team are friendly, experienced, enthusiastic & reassuring from start to finish.
Helen Enright, The GUTS Surrey Three Peaks Challenge, August 16, 2014
The Royal Surrey County Hospital’s Charitable Fund worked with Advocate Events for the first time in Spring 2014, what a fabulous team! Martyn and Jo put together a great Surrey 3 X Peaks for the charity which was hugely successful for us and enjoyed by all our participants – so much so that we are going back to do it again in April 2015. So confident am I in their professionalism that I have also tasked them with putting together a new event for us aimed more at our older (but nevertheless, just as active!) event participants. THANK YOU GUYS!
Sarah Welsby, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - 2014
Working alongside Advocate for the best part of 6 months was all I could hope for, and some! They are responsive, organised and diligent. Their flexibility and adaptability is second to none and they have the client’s interest at the forefront of their decisions. Overall Joanna, Paul and the team make a fantastic partnership and I would highly recommend them to anyone. Thank you for an incredible 3 Peaks Challenge and all of us look forward to working with you again in the future!
Oli Holland, The AMS Tomorrow’s People Three Peaks Challenge, May 24 - 26, 2014
As the Head Goat, getting on and experiencing the actual event was the highlight after so much planning and fundraising. Everything went extremely well, Advocate Events made the whole experience very enjoyable and pain free! Martyn was great, he put up with our music and awful singing! He kept us up to date with timings and gave us a great sense of achievement after each mountain. Terry was a fantastic Mountain Leader. He worked out our pace and how much he could push us to kept us in time, we were all able to chat throughout keeping the team focused but also have fun. The trip from start to finish all awesome!.
Sarah Ball, The Mountain Goats Three Peak Challenge for Orpheus, May 2014
Tomorrow's People has worked with Advocate Events on fundraising challenges for a number of years now, raising more money and more money year on year. The service offered by Martyn and Jo is really bespoke and made to exactly fit the needs and character of our charity and challenge participants. Feedback from our supporters has always been fantastic and so helped us to encourage more and more people to take part. A company and service I'd highly recommend!
Laura Neale, Corporate Engagement Executive, Tomorrow’s People - 2014
Advocate Events are a fantastic team who are organised, professional, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. They will endeavour to ensure your trek is successful, safe and enjoyable. My cousin was thoughtful to arrange a trek for my 40th Birthday, since I enjoy undertaking extreme challenges! So she approached Advocate Events, who were amazingly helpful and encouraging. I would like to thank Martyn, Joanna and Terry. You all did an amazing job to ensure we had the most fantastic experience, nothing is too much trouble - from talking through the details of the challenge to organising the accommodation and transport to support with fundraising in association with momentum. I would also like to say thank you to Kate and her team at Momentum for their outstanding encouragement and motivation and organisational skills, you all did a fantastic job. This was our first trek and I can certainly say it won’t be the last, the experience has certainly been inspirational! So watch this space Advocates, Samira and I will be back for more challenges in 2015. Thank you and well done to an amazingly professional team!
Shahina Choglay - Snowdonia April 2014 Fundraising for Momentum
It is my pleasure to have been personally working with Advocate Events for the past year - and the association with GUTS goes back further. I have always found Martyn and his team to be very accommodating, friendly and knowledgeable.
Last year Martyn stuck his neck out to put on an untried event that I knew some of our supporters would enjoy - the Surrey Peaks Challenge. He researched and planned the route, walking the 26-mile course numerous times to carry out risk assessments and balance that with what would provide the most challenging and enjoyable route.
The day itself went very smoothly - the Advocate team were always on hand to ensure everyone stayed on course, had any help they might need to cope with the unexpected and - most importantly - keep our spirits up when the going got tough!
Over the years Advocates Events have proved to be an invaluable asset to our fundraising efforts by helping us to raise thousands of pounds at no risk or cost to the charity, so I am happy to recommend them.
Nerissa Deeks, GUTS Fighting Bowel Cancer - 2014
When it came to choosing the right challenge and choosing the right organisation Advocate Events ticked both boxes. I knew they were the ones to make this special adventure happen and they were amazing. This was not only a charity event which I wanted to do with my cousin, but a birthday treat for my cousin too as she loves a good adventure. Advocate events made this special moment happen They were highly professional, experienced to work with and met my needs all the way. Special praise must be given to Jo and Martyn on organising the trek itself who went out of their way to make the trek as smooth as possible from start to finish with good advice, preparation and a good laugh. Here's to the next incredible adventure!
Samira, Snowdon Challenge, April 2014