Nottinghamshire Hospice

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Jade tackles Tough Mudder in memory of her Gran

A Gedling woman whose family received much-needed support from Nottinghamshire Hospice following the death of her grandmother will take part in a true test of endurance next month.

Jade Hutchinson, from Gedling, is part of a seven-strong team from Nottingham-based telecommunications company VIA, who will compete in the Tough Mudder Half at Belvoir Castle on May 12.

The 25-year-old will be joined by colleagues Edward Worthington, Gareth Sobocinski, James Bartlett, John Wright, Alex Tebbs and Ross Buggins at the Leicestershire stately home as they take on 13 challenging obstacles across five miles, raising essential funds for Nottinghamshire Hospice.

Not only have the team been training hard for the event, they have also visited the hospice,  which supported Jade’s mum, Jacqui Hutchinson, following the death of Jade’s grandmother, Margaret Kirk, two years ago.

Jade said: “This is the first year that VIA have adopted a charity to raise money for. We currently have a swear-jar in the office, which has over £50 in it so far, and we’re hoping to raise around £700 from the Tough Mudder Half challenge.

“When we went to visit the hospice we were surprised because it wasn’t the place I thought it would be. It was very uplifting and everyone who walked through the door had a smile on their face. It’s such a positive place to be.”

“The counselling Mum received  from the hospice team really helped her to cope with Gran’s death after a terminal illness.”

The Tough Mudder Half features obstacles such as the Quagmire – a pool filled with thick, oozy mud which competitors have to crawl through – and the Block Ness Monster; rotating barriers covered in the mud which Tough Mudders have to climb over.

Team Via are planning other fundraising events later this year including a ‘Dial-to-Donate’ event in June, where it will donate all of its profits to the hospice.

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