Over the years MWA has always supported many local causes, volunteering our time and hosting office based events to raise valuable funds for charity.
This year we’ve decided to do things differently and have chosen to support one charity for a full year, dedicating our funds and efforts to one great cause – Martin House.
We are sure that you’ll recognise the name and acknowledge the fantastic work that this Wetherby based hospice do as they offer care to children, young people and their families.
Martin House’s vision is that ‘every child and young person has access to palliative care when and where they need it,’ which is what they are doing for more than 420 individuals across West, North and East Yorkshire.
Having taken the first steps to choose an awe-inspiring charity, next on the list was to agree on our fundraising plan, looking specifically at what could we do to make a difference, to raise the money needed to help Martin House to continue with the care and support that they provide.
Now we have the usual in place – Christmas jumper day, office cake sale and raffle, but we also wanted to do things a little differently. So, in an inspired moment, or perhaps a moment of madness, we signed up for an obstacle course – but not just any obstacle course!
Our chosen course has seen 2.5m participants, hosted 200+ events and helped raise £5m for charity. It’s also one that includes 500,000 litres of mud and 40 tonnes of ice (and that’s only the start of it!).
We’ve signed up for Tough Mudder.
A course of endurance, Tough Mudder is extreme and designed for those looking to be pushed physically and mentally.
Not for the faint hearted, Tough Mudder is ‘a 12-mile course through rolling hills and twisting trails and 20 obstacles’.
Now let’s be clear, we’re not talking ‘it’s a knock out!’, we’re talking freezing water, electric wires, mud, barbed wire and…. more mud!
So, on Saturday 29th July Marcus Walsh, James Whipp, Pip Wood, Daryl Le-Vine, Matt Morgan and Gerry Sharp will head to the beautiful Broughton Hall in Skipton to take on the mighty course.
So, what obstacles do we have? Well we initially liked the sound of Augustus Gloop, perhaps it was a brief flash back to Willy Wonka! But no, it's climbing upwards in a tube with a constant downpour of water. Can’t picture it? Think climbing a waterfall in a mine shaft, their words not ours!
Another initial favourite was Kong Legionnaire. We’re thinking climbing a high structure (a piece of cake, let's face it we design tall structures everyday). But, no. We’ll be swinging ring to ring 30ft up.
We could go on… with the Arctic Enema, Birth Canal, Everest 2.0, Skid Marked, Funky Monkey. We’re sure that you can conjure up a nice image of a tough but manageable obstacle, or alternatively head to their website and you’ll see just what’s in store.
We thought that choosing a cause to support would be the hardest bit, but now the real work begins as we work together to prepare for what will no doubt be one of the hardest, most challenging events that we could do.
We also know that it is likely to be one of the most memorable ones too! We’re also sure that we will learn a thing or two about ourselves.
We are also certain that we will take this challenge together and as a team. After all this is what this event is all about – teamwork. One team working together to support another.