NHS fundraisers get muddy for money
03 June 2019
Teams from Mid Essex, Southend and Basildon hospitals joined together to complete a gruelling obstacle course to raise money for the hospitals’ charities.
The event, held at Nuclear Races in Kelvedon Hatch, was inspired
by personal trainer and Nuclear Races employee Laura Roberts whose
son Oscar was treated for leukaemia at Broomfield Hospital.
Over fifty medical, support staff and hospital fundraisers
crawled, climbed and swam their way through a series of challenges
on the 5k course. Having flung themselves over fences, been up to
their necks in water and pulled themselves through energy-sapping
mud pits, the event ended with a 20ft freefall 'deathslide' into a
The group included eleven members of Southend Hospital's special
care baby unit, two of whom were on shift that evening.
Once the weary competitors had jogged over the finish line, they
were treated to burgers provided by the Rapid Relief Team and had
the honour of being presented with a survivor's medal by
Oscar's mum Laura, who has also run two marathons to raise money
for Broomfield's Phoenix children's ward, said: "The event was
great and everyone enjoyed themselves. They all did really well
although I'm not sure some of them liked the mud that much. It was
definitely a challenge!
"Oscar was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2014
and Broomfield was our shared care hospital with Great Ormond
Street. They were brilliant. He finished chemo two years ago but
we're still under Broomfield and go back every six months. I like
to raise money for them because it's a really good hospital."
Lucy Thomas-Clayton, associate director of charities for Mid and
South Essex Hospitals, said: "I don't think you can appreciate how
hard the course is until you've done it! It was really great to see
teams supporting all areas of our hospitals coming together to help
each other and having fun. As well as raising vital funds, everyone
has really enjoyed themselves.
"I'd like to say a big thank you to Nuclear Races for hosting us
today, to Hospital Radio Chelmsford, the Rapid Relief Team for our
refreshments, to Tony Jarvis our photographer, and to all our
participants who have completed an amazing challenge."