Tough Mudders

Three young Bedford men have donated £1,097 to The Bedford Hospitals Charity to help buy specialist equipment for patients of The Primrose Cancer Care Unit at Bedford Hospital to be given chemotherapy by intravenous means. The Primrose Cancer Care Unit was funded almost entirely by the local community who raised £2 million of the £2.5 million cost in support of the Charity’s Primrose Appeal.

Lewis English, Alex Goulding and Jack Swain, all former pupils of Mark Rutherford Upper School, Bedford, decided to raise money for Cancer Care and in memory of Nobby Danobrega, the father of one of their very good friends. Nobby was a popular local man who was well known for his non-standard joinery work and special staircases, and he and his family remain very grateful for the care and attention of the nursing staff and Dr Harvey, Dr Saunders and Dr Day of Bedford Hospital throughout Nobby’s illness and until he died of cancer.

The three lads decided that their chosen event would be ‘Tough Mudders,’ a 10-12 mile army–based obstacle course based on activities designed by British Special Forces and intended to challenge the toughest of the tough. The course has 20-25 different obstacles which include mud, water, narrow pipes, swinging ropes, high walls, team work, camaraderie, and probable exhaustion. People attempt the course for reasons that include, seeking sponsorship for a good cause, testing themselves, keeping fit, and even for fun and enjoyment! The organisers claim that some 78% of those taking part actually complete the course.

The accompanying pictures show Lewis, Alex and Jack on the course and at the end of their successful day out. Well done lads!