Last weekend saw our team wade through mud, swim across lakes and jump over fire in the X-Runner Wild Mud Run at Osmaston Manor, all in the name of our Charity of the Year Danielle’s Flutterbyes.
One of our own homeowners set up the Nottingham-based charity in memory of her sister, Danielle, who sadly lost her battle against kidney disease in 2014. The charity’s aim is to help young people suffering from the disease by funding activities, days out, holidays and equipment to make life more bearable during their treatment.
Members of the Strata team took part in the challenge, as well as Danielle’s sister Sarah, her partner Simon and members of the Harrogate Ladies Football Team.
How it went
“The mud run was absolutely insane, I don’t think I took the word mud as literally as it actually was,” says Lindsey Whitton, Captain of Harrogate Ladies Football Team.
“I was pretty anxious before to be fair, I thought 5 kilometres would be easy for a group of girls who play football every week, but when we heard people saying they were hoping to finish in three hours, we knew it was going to be hard.”
Despite all the mud, obstacles and tiredness, the team reached the end of the course and although Lindsey was relieved to have finished the race, she was also incredibly proud of everyone’s hard work.
“It was quite humbling to run alongside the founders of the charity. It was great to have them there and understand the cause, why we were doing it, and seeing the benefits. What Danielle went through was heart breaking. I think it’s the rarity of the disease, people haven’t heard of it and the more fundraising people do, the more aware they are of what can be done to help it, which can only help other people.”
We’re so proud of our team, and we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part and those who made donations to Danielle’s Flutterbyes - so far we’ve raised £5056.42 including our match funding. Take a look at the full gallery from the day, and our Charity Events Calendar for more information on what's coming up throughout the rest of the year.