30 September 2015


Over 800  people have signed up to get muddy at this year’s Hospice of St Francis’ Mud Pack Challenge on Sunday 18th October and just 100 places remain for anyone who’d like to get filthy for a good cause.

“We are absolutely thrilled that hundreds of people have already pledged to get muddy to support our local hospice care, said Hospice Events Manager, Fran Martin. “The response to last year’s inaugural event, held in the grounds of Ashridge House, was phenomenal and I didn’t think could be beaten so I am humbled that local people have signed up in huge numbers to tackle our re-designed course with its fresh obstacles and challenges.

“Whilst the day is all about having lots of muddy good fun, participants’ Just Giving accounts are looking very active too so I am hoping we can smash the £133k in sponsorship we secured last year,” she added.

One team coming back for more is a father and son team from Greenway, Berkhamsted. James Redburn, 22, his brother Tom and dad John, took part last year to remember mum and wife Yvonne who was just 51 when she died in 2009 from stomach cancer, having been cared for by the Hospice.

James says, “Getting muddy was really, really good fun and unlike anything we’d done before and we all jumped at the chance to take part again. I wore sports’ goggles last year and they definitely helped as I negotiated the muddy swamp area so will be similarly attired for this year’s event.

“Dad enjoyed himself too and has been getting in shape by doing quite a bit of walking in preparation. We raised £420 in 2014 and are hoping we can add at least £150 this time around in order to give back what we can to the nurses who supported the family during mum’s illness.”

The Hospice of St Francis provides free care for people living with life-limiting illnesses and support for their families and carers. Only 20% of it £4.8m annual running costs comes from the NHS, with voluntary donations making up the rest.

You can register here  for the five or 10-mile muddy challenge, or if you don’t feel like getting filthy, but want to be involved, you can be a crew member and marshal the event. For more details, visit the hospice website.

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