Fathers tackle Mud­der to sup­port kids’ cen­tre

Gru­elling chal­lenge will pay for chil­dren’s day out

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Marc McLean

Two Vale dads are ready to shed blood, sweat, tears, snot and more sweat – just to en­sure their kids and friends can en­joy a spe­cial day out.

Sandy Meikle and pal Chad Davies are gear­ing up for the gru­elling Tough Mud­der chal­lenge at Drum­lan­rig Cas­tle near Dum­fries on June 25.

The lads will en­dure a 10-mile mud and ob­sta­cle course, in­clud­ing ev­ery­thing from brav­ing ice pools and 10,000 volts of elec­tric­ity to rope swings and drag­ging them­selves through pipes.

Their ef­forts will raise money to take kids who at­tend West of Scot­land Autism and Asperg­ers Cen­tre on a day trip, as well as buy new sen­sory equip­ment for the young­sters to play with.

Sandy, 32, and wife Pamela, 31, usu­ally at­tend the cen­tre reg­u­larly with their kids Char­lie, 4, and six-year-old Steevi Gil­lies, who have autism.

Chad’s nine-year-old son Jack was also di­ag­nosed with autism and at­tends the fa­cil­ity in Ren­ton.

Sandy, a taxi driver from Alexan­dria, said: “The fa­cil­ity has been shut for a few months now for ren­o­va­tions.

“That has meant the kids have missed out on ac­tiv­i­ties and sen­sory play which they re­ally en­joy.

“We want to raise money to give the chil­dren a day trip and buy some much­needed sen­sory toys.”

Sandy and Chad will be joined at Tough Mud­der by friend Alan Robert­son, from He­lens­burgh, and New­cas­tle guys Bryn Hood and Daniel Richards, who are re­lated to Pamela. 270516TOUG­H_MUDDER_02

The lads are aim­ing to raise £1000 and have al­most reached the half­way mark through on­line do­na­tions via their Just­giv­ing page.

On their web­page Sandy wrote: “My fam­ily de­pends on this place be­ing a suc­cess.

“We take all our chil­dren here to make friends, play and re­lax in an en­vi­ron­ment where we don’t feel awk­ward when our kids have a melt­down.

“It’s a place where no­body stares or judges be­cause we all know what each par­ent goes through.

“It has great fa­cil­i­ties like a play­park and a sen­sory room our kids can en­joy safely.”

To make a dona­tion visit the web­site at crowd­fund­ing.just­giv­ing.com/ sandymeik­le­fundraiser.

We take all our chil­dren here to make friends, play and re­lax

Tough dads Sandy Meikle and Chad Davies will raise money for kids with autism

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