Ready, steady, get muddy for hos­pice

Peo­ple in­vited to take part in ob­sta­cle chal­lenge

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

PEO­PLE are be­ing in­vited to get dirty for char­ity now reg­is­tra­tion for a hos­pice’s chal­lenge has opened.

The Hos­pice of St Fran­cis’ Mud Pack Chal­lenge II will take place in the grounds of Ashridge House on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 18 – and or­gan­is­ers prom­ise it will be big­ger and mud­dier than be­fore.

The chal­lenge, which raised £132,000 when it launched last year, in­volves crawl­ing, wad­ing and climb­ing through the 190-acre gar­dens and wood­land of the his­toric coun­try es­tate, ne­go­ti­at­ing wet and muddy ob­sta­cles along the way.

New this year are two dis­tance op­tions of five or 10 miles, new muddy ob­sta­cles, in­clud­ing The Mound and The Swamp and a spe­cial Spec­ta­tor Squirt­ing Zone.

The event is open to any­one with a ba­sic level of fit­ness and no spe­cific train­ing is re­quired.

Tina Read­ing, 47, from The Bram­blings, Amer­sham, has al­ready signed up along with 24 pals in­clud­ing Char­lotte Nor­ris, 38, from

MAKE HAY FOR US: En­trants are in­vited for this year’s Mud Pack Chal­lenge II Broad­lands Av­enue, Che­sham, Nigel Brand, 58, from The Chase, Che­sham and Keith Driver, from Sev­er­alls Av­enue, Che­sham, as the OurChe­sham Team.

She said: “We all had so much fun tak­ing part in the first ever Mud Pack Chal­lenge last year. We were a real mix of fit­ties and fat­ties but we loved ev­ery minute of it.

“The sense of ca­ma­raderie was re­ally up­lift­ing and we can’t wait to take part and sup­port the hos­pice again.

“We’ve all been touched per­son­ally in some way or another by the hos­pice’s amaz­ing care and sup­port and this is our chance to give back and thank it for the in­cred­i­ble work it does in our com­mu­nity.

“Not only does it sup­port the pa­tient, but it sup­ports fam­i­lies too and we’re all ex­tremely grate­ful.

“What bet­ter way to show our grat­i­tude than to get cov­ered head to toe in mud?”

Par­tic­i­pants are asked to raise a min­i­mum spon­sor­ship of £50 to help the hos­pice raise the £4.8m it needs ev­ery year to fund its free care for peo­ple liv­ing with life­lim­it­ing ill­nesses in Bucks and Herts.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to sign-up visit www. stfran­­pack.

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