Search

South Woodford businesswomen’s group braves the cold and mud in hospice challenge

14:35 21 February 2013

Women from The Athena Network wade through the mud as part of the challenge

Women from The Athena Network wade through the mud as part of the challenge

Archant

They clambered through mud, braved icy cold waters in kayaks and took their chances with space hoppers for transportation but a group of Redbridge businesswomen successfully completed a lung-bursting challenge for charity.

The team of nine, who all met through South Woodford business group The Athena Network, rose to the occasion to take on the Mud N Madness 7.5km endurance test.

Franchise

The army-style race at Stubbers Adventure Centre in north-east London included a 1,400m trail run, an assault course, archery and 2,400m of “mud alley”.

They took part to raise funds for St Francis Hospice in Havering-atte-Bower.

Team member Nicola Smith, of Woodford Green, who has a franchise of The Revival Group that cleans up offices after fire or water damage, said: “It was a challenge, but good fun. I hit the archery target first time. We were pleased to be able to support the hospice.”

The women completed the challenge on February 9 and organisers have now estimated that they, and around 90 other people who took part, will have raised at least £20,000 for the hospice’s valuable work.

The business network meets in Prezzo restaurant in High Road, South Woodford, every month.

Other Redbridge racers took part, including three former school friends from Caterham High School in Caterham Avenue, Clayhall.

Tina Cole, from Hainault, Mandy Cubitt and Julia Turner, from Ilford, had lost touch with each other but reunited to take part in Mud N Madness.

Teachers from Christchurch Primary School in Wellesley Road, Ilford – Emma Blackwell, Sally Thomas and Kerry Nethercott – formed the Mud Larks team and beat their fundraising target of £100.

Emma said: “Before I took part I was nervous, but I loved every second of it.

“A colleague was cared for by the hospice and many people are touched by the specialist care provided by the charity so we were pleased to be able to support such a worthy cause.”

To find out more about the hospice, which helps more than 3,000 people, and to donate visit www.sfh.org.uk

0 comments

Latest Ilford News Stories

Pc Phillip Walters', left, memorial in Empress Avenue, Ilford, right, has been vandalised. Pc Walters was shot and killed in the line of duty in Empress Avenue 21 years ago.

The memorial to a Redbridge police officer – who was shot and killed while attending a routine call out – has been destroyed by vandals.

Six people have been found guilty of fraud at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Picture: John Stillwell/PA

A court found six people guilty of criminal offences on Tuesday, following a major investigation by Redbridge Council into housing benefit fraud.

08:00
German prisoners help to carry British wounded back to their trenches after an attack by XIV (Irish) Corps on Bavarian units holding Ginchy during the Battle of the Somme. Picture: PA/EMPICS

The unfulfilled promise of the “lost generation” is an enduring image of the First World War, with scores of young men lying in pieces on the battlefields of the Western Front and beyond, their hopes, dreams and futures all obliterated by the metal war machine.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives to speak in Parliament Square on Monday, where the Momentum campaign group are holding a

The borough’s Labour councillors are split in their views of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the party.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Copyright: Erich Spiegelhalter/Schwarzwald

Embark on a three day round trip (including flights) during which you will taste local specialities such as the famous Black Forest Gateau, discover nature, absorb vibrant city culture, learn about technological innovations, indulge yourself in the plentiful wellness spas, take some shots on the golf course, and enjoy family fun at Germany’s largest theme park.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe