Where there’s muck – there’s a chal­lenge

Hun­dreds to take on mud-filled ob­sta­cle course

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

HUN­DREDS of peo­ple will get filthy for char­ity this week­end – and there is still time to sign up.

Ren­nie Grove Hos­pice Care’s Muddy Mucker ob­sta­cle chal­lenge will take place at Penn House Es­tate, in Amer­sham, on Sun­day.

Peo­ple can ei­ther tackle a 5km or 10km course.

Michael Byard from Seer Green is en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal peo­ple to get muddy for the hos­pice, which cared for his Dad, Terry, in his fi­nal months af­ter he was di­ag­nosed with pan­cre­atic can­cer.

He said: “The Iain Ren­nie nurses were so valu­able to us as a fam­ily, I re­ally can’t thank them enough. I’ve signed up to take part in Muddy Mucker and want to do as much as I can to sup­port the char­ity.”

Ren­nie Grove Hos­pice Care sup­ports pa­tients di­ag­nosed with can­cer and other life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses and their fam­i­lies across Bucks and Herts.

It of­fers a 24-hour re­spon­sive Hos­pice at Home ser­vice, giv­ing pa­tients the choice of how and where they want to be cared for to­wards the end of life.

Mr Byard added: “The ser­vice meant that dad could stay at home un­til the end rather than be­ing in a hos­pi­tal ward, and the nurses would visit through­out the night to pro­vide pain re­lief.

“Know­ing they were there at any hour of the day or night was hugely re­as­sur­ing. Noth­ing was ever too much trou­ble, and they were so un­der­stand­ing.”

Spon­sor­ship from events like Muddy Mucker plays a key part in fund­ing the hos­pice’s ser­vices, and last year the en­durance chal­lenge raised £30,000 – enough to fund a nurse for a year.

Mr Byard added: “I took part in the Muddy Mucker with a group of friends last year who all knew my dad, and it was great fun!

“We’re look­ing for­ward to do­ing it again this year to raise even more money.

“It can be dif­fi­cult to keep ask­ing peo­ple for spon­sor­ship though, so I de­cided to do some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent. We did a ‘pay to play’ char­ity football match with help from Seer Green football club, and also had some great prizes for a raf­fle and auc­tion on the day, do­nated by The Jolly Crick­eters and The Three Horse­shoes. All in all we raised £2,100, which was much more than I ever ex­pected and proves that rais­ing money doesn’t have to be dull.”

En­try costs £30 (over 16s only) and par­tic­i­pants pledge to raise at least £50 in spon­sor­ship.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.ren­niegrove.org/ mud­dy­mucker.

MUCK­ING IN: Ren­nie Grove Hos­pice Care’s sec­ond an­nual Muddy Mucker fundraiser will take place at Penn House Es­tate on Sun­day

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