Where there’s muck – there’s a challenge
Hundreds to take on mud-filled obstacle course
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