Three peaks challenges will be allowed during school holidays after all

Institute of Fundraising rewrites its guidance so that charities can hold events at these times, providing they don't damage the environment

The Institute of Fundraising has changed its rules so that charities can carry out three peaks challenge events during school holidays.

In a code of practice issued in April, the institute said it was mandatory for its members to avoid school holidays when organising the challenge events. The events risked causing overcrowding and damage to the natural environment, the code said.

But a spokeswoman for the institute said yesterday that it had removed the school holidays condition from its latest code of practice.

She said it was now permitted for charities to hold three peaks challenge events during school holidays, as long as they spoke to land managers to make sure the events would not cause damage to the natural environment. 

The guidance previously read: "Organisers ought to avoid the peak holiday times e.g. school and bank holidays and summer solstice." In the new version of the guidance, the phrase ‘school and’ is omitted.

"The code has been updated to clarify guidance around ‘peak holiday times’, which it specifies charity fundraisers ought to avoid," the institute spokeswoman said. "This recognises that the discrepancies between the timings of school holidays in different localities means that they might not always count as ‘peak holiday times’ or always have the same effect on participation levels in fundraising challenges."

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