The Ultimate Military Obstacle Course
Carrie Murphy – St Ann’s Hospice Fundraising Team
Last September a group of fearless nurses from St Ann’s Hospice who dubbed themselves ‘The Angels with Dirty Faces’ took part in the ultimate Born Survivor experience at Capesthorne Hall and after an awesome day out in the mud we quickly entered to take part again this year!
Our 10-strong team of nursing and ward staff negotiated the 30 military-style obstacles over a strength-sapping 10km course through tough terrain, wading through icy water, crawling under barbed wire, climbing steep hills and walls and scrambling through deep, deep mud are just a few of the many obstacle challenges the team faced.
It is a far cry from the team’s day-to-day front-line role caring for patients at St Ann’s Hospice but they completed the ambitious challenge with a stiff upper lip in order to raise the vital funds the hospice needs.
Staff nurse, Lynsey Ayers said:
” One of the girls came up with the idea when we were having a break at work and it took off from there. I must admit we’re not the fittest bunch and we were chatting about ways of getting fit and thought this would be a good way and could raise money for St Ann’s at the same time…“
“Beforehand we were all nervous and apprehensive about doing something so difficult both physically and mentally but on the day we all got stuck in and got extremely muddy!”
The staff see every day how vital their work is to thousands of local families in Greater Manchester and they know that fundraising is also an intrinsic part of life at St Ann’s Hospice.
Staff nurse, Lisa Murgatroyd said:
“Last year we worked as a team just like we do in the hospice on a daily basis, every obstacle was a daunting prospect but there was such camaraderie and everyone helped each other get through it.“
“It’s one of the most exhilarating, daring and painful challenges we have ever done, and we can’t wait to take part in it again this year, now we know a what to expect!”
The St Ann’s Hospice team are raising funds towards the cost of new beds and syringe drivers which inject a steady flow of medication, last year they raised over £1,500 and hope to smash that target this year. See you in the mud!!