A FUNDRAISING family from Pagham have gone the distance to raise money for a cause close to their hearts.
The Applin family, of Sea Way, entered a 5km mud run at Pippingford Park, in Nutley, East Sussex.
Ben, 22, said the family were doing it in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK.
“It was sort of just me and my friend and then it turned into a family thing, which was quite funny really.”
Ben’s friend Luke Petipher joined him, as his grandmother had dementia, as well as Ben’s grandfather.
Ben is a carer at the Apuldram Centre, near Chichester, and has worked there for the last three years.
“It’s the best job I’ve ever had,” he said. “It’s really rewarding.”
After completing his A-levels, he worked in retail before seeing the Apuldram job advertised.
“I’ve not really looked back since.
“We’re really blessed with the staff team we’ve got.”
He added: “A lot of people with dementia are just sat in poorly-funded nursing homes and forgotten about.
“The standard of care is poor, partly because the individual does not have the capacity to speak out about it with their condition.”
The family decided to take action and this month saw them turn out to tackle the daunting obstacle race.
“It went really well,” said Ben. “It’s about three miles and we did it in about one hour and 30 mins.
“I would happily have run that race again on the same day.
“I’ve never known anything like it and it’s really, really fun.”
The race included crawling under barbed wire and wading through mud, otherwise Ben said the time would have been much quicker.
The members of Team Mud, as the family have called themselves, are: Ben Applin, Kerry Applin, Sue Applin, Rebecca Applin, Melissa Applin, Max Anderson, Richard Martin, Phil Moory, Mark Green and Luke Petipher.
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/Team-Mud