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Getting down and dirty to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice

A GROUP of 50 brave souls have battled the elements to complete a 7.5km obstacle course and raise money for hospice care.

Vicky Jenkins, 28 from Barking, was among the competitors who signed up to Mud N Madness at Stubbers Activity Centre in Upminster earlier this month to support Saint Francis Hospice.

She was put through her paces as she made her way around the challenging army-style course which featured archery, canoeing, bouncing on space hopper and running through thick squelchy mud.

“We just love it as it’s a great way to get our friends together,” said Vicky, who was taking part for the fourth year and was joined by her sister Kim Jenkins and their friends Vikki Down, Charlotte Webster and Steph Keyworth.

“You get cheered on as you run around the course and you even get a medal at the end.

“My favourite part is always Mud Alley as we were falling about laughing because none of us could stay on our feet.”

Vicky’s family have a personal connection with the charity since it cared for her aunt Christina Barry in her Dagenham home before she died in 2015.

“The Hospice at Home nurses were out of this world and the care my aunt received was superb,” said Vicky.

“They explained everything to us and they really reassured us.

“We experienced first-hand the difference hospice care can make and we realised that if people don’t give money to Saint Francis Hospice then others may not be as lucky as my aunt and our family.”

Andrea Burke, 48, from Romford, took part for the fourth time with her husband Ged and said this year’s course was the best ever.

“This year they added more obstacles and fun activities such as canoeing and an inflatable water slide so it was very different,” said Andrea, a Business Processing manager for DHL in Purfleet.

And thanks to the DHL UK Foundation’s match funding scheme Andrea is hoping to have raised more than £900 for Saint Francis Hospice’s care and support services.

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