Challenge 31

Challenge 31 LogoChallenge 31 is a month-long challenge to get you physically and mentally active throughout October, as the nights draw in and the days get shorter. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you do something every day for the whole month. It can be something physical, like going for a walk or a run, or it can be something more psychological, from giving up smoking, vaping or drinking, to getting to your target weight within the month. The choice is yours!

 31 Days | 31 Challenges | One Goal

Andy Garthwaite in Afghanistan

Challenge 31 was devised by Andy Garthwaite, to mark the tenth anniversary of his life-changing injury, and has now become an annual event. In September 2010, while serving in Afghanistan, Andy was involved in a major incident; Andy lost his right arm at the shoulder after being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Andy was helped by our charity during his immediate recovery and we have been there to support him ever since. Now, he is one of the few people in the world to have a bionic prosthetic arm powered by his brain.

How to enter Challenge 31

Taking part in Challenge 31 is simple – just click on the registration link. At the end of the registration process, you will have the option to set up your own fundraising page; whilst this is not compulsory, it is strongly encouraged, as this will enable us to help even more soldiers, veterans and immediate family members who find themselves in genuine need.

Decide on a Challenge

There are many challenges you could do, depending on your life, family, goals, and work. Here are just a few:

  • Walk for at least two miles per day.
  • Give up sugar or super-processed foods.
  • Stop vaping or smoking.
  • Read twenty pages of a book per day.
  • Volunteer for a local good cause.
  • Abstain from television/social media/gaming/takeaway meals for a month.
  • Learn a new language.
  • Set yourself a goal to earn money through a side-hustle.

The list is endless, but by doing something good for yourself, will will be doing good for others – helping us to support soldiers, veterans, and their immediate families in times of genuine need.

You can take part wherever you are, and can bring in friends, family members, classmates, workmates – the more the merrier!

Fundraising Support

We are here to support your Challenge 31 efforts so if you have any questions, get in touch with us here.


“You really have been outstanding from the very start and it has been really appreciated” (Mike, Soldiers’ Charity fundraiser, 2020)

Look After Yourself!

If you do embark upon physical challenges, be sure to look after yourself. While daily exercise is encouraged, be careful not to risk injury through repetition of demanding activities. Unless you are a serious ultra-runner, your body may not thank you for attempting 31 consecutive marathons!

Your Privacy Matters

Of course, we will need to communicate with you about Challenge 31 (if you choose to register), after that it is up to you. The registration form allows you to choose how (or if) we communicate with you in the future. We value your privacy; our full privacy statement can be found here.