As if raising more than £1,000 wasn’t a challenge in itself, three lads have taken on a mud-filled military-style assault course for Bedford Hospital.
Lewis English, Alex Goulding and Jack Swain, all former pupils of Mark Rutherford Upper School, wanted to raise the money in memory of Nobby Danobrega, the father of one of their very good friends.
By completing the 12-mile ‘Tough Mudders’ obstacle course, based on the British Special Forces training course, the threesome raised £1,097.76 for The Bedford Hospitals Charity to use in the hospital’s cancer care unit.
The course had 20-25 different obstacles which include mud, water, narrow pipes, swinging ropes, high walls, team work, camaraderie, and probable exhaustion. The organisers claim that just 78 per cent of those taking part complete the course.
The team said Mr Danobrega was a popular man, who was well known for his joinery skills. They added his family are extremely grateful to the hospital’s nursing staff and doctors who took care of him during his illness.
The Bedford Hospitals Charity receives great support from all sectors of the community and throughout its 26 years has provided Bedford Hospital with many facilities for cancer patients, including the £2 million raised through its Primrose Appeal, which largely funded the £2.5 million Primrose Cancer Care Unit.