Here at Blue Sky, we love a challenge and we love to raise money for deserving causes. So what could be better than fundraising whilst taking on a series of obstacles on a 10 mile mud run designed by British Special Forces? The run named ‘Tough Mudder’ is an event designed to challenge the toughest of the tough, an endurance event that sees participants attempt courses that test mental and physical strength which play on human fears such as fire, water, electricity and heights. The main principle of Tough Mudder is ‘Teamwork’ and obstacles are designed to encourage group participation and camaraderie where participants commit to helping others complete the course.
Saturday 18th August saw some of Blue Sky’s Bristol, Swanwick and Ringwood staff, Foster Carers and young people take on and complete the course on the Badminton Estate near Bristol. And their motivation? To raise funds for Childs I, a foundation close to the heart of Blue Sky. Based in Uganda, Childs I Foundation works to tackle child abandonment and to support and reunite families. To donate to their cause, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/blueskyfostering2014
The team was led by Blue Sky Participation Manager Ed Thompson, who says,
“Tough Mudder is about working as a team, we all came into this with different skills and experience, fears and expectations, along with not all having met before, but as always, I had no doubt that with everyone being a part of the Blue Sky family, we would click and help each other through the tunnels, the electric shocks, the icy water and the thick, thick mud. We were cheered on by our families all stood on the side, for moral support and a well deserved tea afterwards and I know we all felt a huge sense of pride when we crossed that finish line. One of our young people who took part told me it was the best thing he’s ever done and now wants to do more and take on a 100 mile bike ride, which I have no doubt he can and will achieve.”
Blue Sky Foster Carer Matt Smith also participated on the day,
“The Mudder was brilliant. It brought together a really varied group of carers, staff and young people who all worked together to overcome the obstacles. We all crossed the line together and the feeling was fantastic! I really hope to see more events like this in the future.”