James Furse - Tough Mudders

This has been the third year of entering Tough Mudder. However, I challenged myself to two in September; ‘Tough Mudder North West’ on the 12th Sept and the second ‘Tough Mudder London South’ on 27th Sept. The event is a 12 mile obstacle assault course which tests your physical and emotional strengths over a series of natural and man–made obstacles such as ice diving, electrocution, crawling through tunnels, leaping off towers into muddy water and of course crawling through mud! As hard as it is, I thoroughly enjoyed it especially being part of a team.

I fundraised for two charities this time; Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Caring Matters Now – The Congenital Melanocytic Naevus Support Group. So why have I chosen these two charities?

Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital means a great deal to my family especially working with my daughter Morgan who has issues with her left eye. The care and support which they provide is second to none for which we will always ever be grateful for. This is my way of saying thank you, but not just from us but also for all the other children and families too that are so very dependent on them.

Caring Matters Now; One of Morgan’s friends at pre-school called Jack was diagnosed with congenital melanocytic naevus (or CMN) at birth, which is a type of birthmark that if untreated can potentially turn into a malignant melanoma. He too attends Great Ormond Street Hospital but the ‘Caring Matters Now’ charity has provided Jack and his family the support and guidance they desperately needed.

With the matched funding from my company, gift aid and other generous donations I managed to raise over £1100 and has been evenly split between the two charities. Thank you to all that sponsored and supported me and hope that this makes a difference to those that need it.