Muddy hell – we’re go­ing to need a big­ger venue!

Char­ity moves messy fundraiser after huge de­mand for places

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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