Muddy hell – we’re going to need a bigger venue!
Charity moves messy fundraiser after huge demand for places
A CHARITY has had to move an event to a bigger venue because of higher than expected demand for places.
The Hospice of St Francis’ inaugural Mud Pack Challenge was due to take place at Champneys Health Spa in Tring on Sunday, October 19, but last week it announced the five-mile obstacle course will now take place at Ashridge House.
The decision comes after the event reached its planned capacity last month and members of the public, keen to get filthy for the Berkhamstedbased charity, continued to contact the hospice in their droves.
Head of community fundraising Harriet Karia said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of messages from existing and new supporters, who still want to take part in this brand new exciting challenge and we wanted to be able to accommodate them.
“Our decision is based on having the capacity to host an increased number of participants, being able to grow the event year on year and, most of all, being able to raise more funds to help us move towards the £4.7million we need every year to fund our free care to patients living with life-shortening illnesses.
“We hope all our Mudpackers understand that our patients are our priority and the additional money we raise will allow us to provide special care to more patients in our
Some of a 22-strong band who have signed up for the challenge; (left) the new venue, Ashridge House unique setting.”
Champneys’ donation of prizes are still up for grabs, with a midweek spa break for two to the top fundraising individual and a midweek spa evening for 10 to the top fundraising team.
To go on the priority list for the remaining spaces, email mudpack@ stfrancis.org.uk.
Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
The hospice is also looking for volunteers to help on the day.
Call 01442 869 550 or visit www.stfrancis.org. uk.