The Survival Challenge is designed to ensure all participants work in a controlled environment, which encourages team spirit, discovery of oneself, development of new skills and enhancement of life through building confidence by becoming a key member within the patrol.

Chris Maskew, who took part, said, “It was hard going but fascinating. If you would have told me what the weekend involved before I arrived I would have not thought I was capable, but it was amazing how quickly I settled into the challenge; it was like being at one with nature.”

“The night mission was fantastic and although we always knew we were safe we couldn’t help but get caught up in the realism of it all. Seeing the hunter force walking about with torches and being on guard with guns really kept the patrol on their toes.”

Since the event has been running it has inspired people to change their routine and daily lives to experience life in the great outdoors and look at life’s challenges differently. Already charities are contacting Life Survival to book their event next year.

Tom Southern, Director of Life Survival said “We have been delighted with the interest shown for the Charity Survival Challenge. Charities are always looking for new and exciting ways to engage with companies and individual supporters. What is particularly pleasing for us is seeing all the different ages, abilities and mind sets coming together and working as a team and it never ceases to amaze me the feedback we get from others.”


02 Nov 2009

An event which allows people to get an intriguing insight into the world of espionage premiered for the first time at the Rushton Hall Hotel, Northamptonshire in October.

Guests booked into the luxurious hotel for the Double O Secret Agent experience, which trains guests in skills a real agent would be taught in the Secret Service. It promised to be an explosive, action packed day as this is the “the closest anyone will get to be the real 007” and it didn’t disappoint! One guest described the experience as an “intelligent, elegant and exciting”.

Life Survival, an adventure and challenge company that employs “retired” UK Special Forces and Security Service people, organise this glamorous event for people looking to escape and do something a little bit different.

“It has taken many months and considerable cost to perfect”, said Tina Harrison, Director of Life Survival, “but we are delighted with the results. Our greatest challenge was to create an event which suits all ages and abilities whilst giving everyone an active part in the experience.”

“Our guys have trained in this line of work for real and their work in the most challenging of environments allows us to provide the ultimate experience for our guests.”

“What we particularly like about this event is that partners can come along and enjoy the luxurious facilities on offer at the hotel. It’s very rare for a couple to go away and both do exactly what they want and this event fits the bill.”

Guests got to grips with skills such as anti-ambush driving skills, close quarter battle, weapons training and electronic surveillance.

Dave Williams, one of the agents, said “I didn’t know what to expect but the staff at Life Survival are brilliant. They never leave your side and put everyone at ease. It really gives you a tremendous insight into the world of spies. I haven’t stopped talking about since we got back.”

Mike from Northampton was also one of the first people to dip his toe in the water at Rushton Hall and was gushing with praise, “The Double O event gave me a fascinating insight into a shadowy world and added a much-enjoyed adrenalin rush. Fantastic teamwork. Many thanks.”


30 Oct 2009

When Louise Kennedy spoke to her friends about raising money to fight eye disease, no-one would have considered who she was planning to have her fight with.

Louise, 27, who has suffered eye disease for over 10 years, was only too pleased to test her metal against former members of the British Army’s elite regiment, the SAS! For two days she was taught how to set up a military style camp, live off the land and how to rescue hostages from a room, SAS style, before putting her new found skills to use during a night mission.

The Charity Survival Challenge was organised by St Paul’s Eye Unit to raise funds for research into blindness. The internationally renowned ‘centre of excellence’ brought together 16 people from all over the North West of England to challenge themselves under the instruction of the ultimate survival experts.

Louise, a Forensic Psychologist in Training, said, “The information was purposely kept to a minimum and my imagination had run wild in the days and weeks leading up to the event, but still I never came close to imagining the adventures I was about to experience. It has to be one of the toughest challenges of my entire life but it’s hard to explain the sense of achievement and satisfaction I have gained from the weekend.”

“Having suffered from Uveitis for many years, I am extremely thankful for the help and support I have received from St. Paul’s Eye Hospital. Uveitus can cause blindness if not treated but the care I received has been first class. I was thrilled to have been given the opportunity to give something back to such a worthwhile cause and to meet some amazing people.”

Over £6,000 was raised to help create a £1/4 million Early Detection Suite. The aim of the Early Detection Suite is to bring together many different medical specialists to develop new technologies, practices and treatments for many eye diseases, including diabetic retinopathy and AMD, the commonest cause of blindness in the world. A specialist centre like this has never been established before and will form the blueprint for centres around the world.

Louise continued, “Life Survival is an inspirational organisation that captivates the imaginations of all who take part in the ‘Survival Weekend’. As well as all the skills we were taught I felt we had the opportunity to escape from our everyday lives and experience a very unique and motivational event.”

“Since participating, my outlook on life has changed in many ways. I’ve improved my fitness levels, joined a gym and even climbed Mount Snowdon! I have also discovered a strong sense of self-belief and the determination and confidence to handle whatever life has to throw at me. Life Survival has encouraged me to grow mentally as well as physically, and inspired me to seize every opportunity that comes my way. My adventure did not end that weekend; it has only just begun.”


28 Oct 2009

Life Survival has launched a four-week national advertisement campaign to celebrate the creation of its newest event, Double O Secret Agent Experience.
The national magazine campaign began in October with a half page advert in Tatler’s 300th Anniversary Edition followed by a half page advert in GQ and BMI international magazines.

The campaign is focused at men and women who are looking for an exciting, elegant and intriguing insight into the world of espionage. The BMI advert also highlights that the experience is perfect for business leaders to entertain clients at the luxurious Rushton Hall Hotel and Spa.

Tina Harrison, Director of Life Survival, said “We are delighted to be in a position to advertise this event nationally. It has taken a considerable amount of investment in time, money and expertise to create an experience that is close to the real deal.”

“We have been delighted with the tremendous feedback from guests who have experienced Double O and we are confident the event will prove to be a great success in 2010.”

To celebrate the launch of the event Life Survival is offering a 15% discount for bookings taken before the 31st December 2009. The national advertisement campaign will reach over 1 million readers.


21 Aug 2009


A team of 30 people from across the North West went from ‘civilian’ to ‘soldier’ in aid of Liverpool-based breast cancer unit The Linda McCartney Centre.