Many of you reading this will be thinking what on earth is Tough Mudder? Well in simple terms, it’s a 10-12 mile obstacle course with 24 military style obstacles.
Tough Mudder is something that I’d never heard of until I found out about it from Help for Heroes, which is a British organisation supporting our wounded servicemen and women and their families. I’ve always been a supporter of Help for Heroes and when I read about this event in their magazine, I was intrigued.
Tough Mudder itself is an event which occurs across the globe, every year. It puts thrill seekers to the ultimate test of their fitness, stamina and mental grit. However, adrenaline junkies aren’t the only ones drawn to this event. Many people go to face their fears and to challenge themselves in ways they’ve never done before. Of course the main reason individuals take on this challenge is to help raise money for charity. In the UK, Tough Mudder works with Help for Heroes, to help raise money for the organisation.
There comes a time when we all say that we would like to do something for charity but most of the time we never actually get around to doing it. The blame for that partly goes to the fact that we all have busy lives and in day to day things, charity seems to slip out of our minds. Sadly, I’m one of these individuals. I’ve always talked about raising money but never really taken the initiative to do so. So once I heard about Tough Mudder, I thought this it, this is my opportunity to give back.
Without placing much thought into what we were getting ourselves into, my sisters and I and a few of our friends signed up for Tough Mudder and are now a part of a group of thousands of individuals taking part in the West London Tough Mudder event in May 2015. Of course, at the time we hadn’t made the wise decision of actually seeing what the obstacles were like.
Having finally seen most of the videos from previous Tough Mudder events, I can safely say that this will most likely end with me lying in bed for a week.
All fun aside, I believe that participating in this Tough Mudder event will allow me to fight some of my deepest fears and will challenge me in ways I’ve never allowed myself to be challenged. More than that, however, this event will allow me to finally give back. Along with training for this event, my sisters and I will be asking all you wonderful people to help support us to raise money for Help for Heroes. This is a charity close to my heart and raising even a small amount would mean a lot to me and the individuals who benefit from this wonderful organisation.
To many of you who are wondering what Help for Heroes is all about, here is a little article I wrote about the organisation for my university paper:
Help for Heroes
What is the charity about?
Help for Heroes is a UK based military charity which helps support our wounded servicemen and women and their families.
When was it founded?
The charity was first founded in 2007 by Bryn and Emma Parry. After a visit to Selly Oak Hospital, in 2007, they were moved to ‘do their bit’ for our Armed Forces.
Who do they help?
Help for Heroes supports veterans and our current Servicemen and women who have been wounded, injured, or have become sick as a result of serving their country. They also offer additional support to their families and dependents in order to help them adapt to the new challenges they face. They provide full support to Servicemen and women and veterans from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.
What do they do to help?
As well as offering individual support, Help for Heroes runs five Recovery Centres across the UK; Tedworth House in Wiltshire, Phoenix House in North Yorkshire, Chavasse VC House in Essex, Plymouth Naval Service Centre in Devon and the Mark Wright GC House in Edinburgh. In addition, the charity has also opened The Help for Heroes Rehabilitation Complex at Headley Court.
“The Recovery Centres are there to inspire, enable and support our wounded, injured and sick, and their families, for the rest of their lives.” (Help for Heroes website).
Help for Heroes is also the founder partner for the Battle Back programme. This is where Adaptive Adventure Training and Sports Rehabilitation are used to help seriously wounded Service personnel gain independence and confidence in not only themselves but in also what they can achieve.
Moreover, Help for Heroes also has the Fisher House facility to provide support for the families of Service personnel, recovering at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham.
“The project is a proud partnership between Help for Heroes, the Fisher House Foundation and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) Charity. This is the first time in history that military charities from the US and UK have worked in partnership with each other.” (Help for Heroes website).
How can we help?
The public can help support the charity in the following ways: fundraise and volunteering in the many events that the charity takes part in across the year.
For more information please visit the Help for Heroes website: www.helpforheroes.org.uk . You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook.
I hope the article cleared up any questions related to the organisation. Below I’ve attached a link that shows what Tough Mudder is all about! As well as that if you would like to donate money for this fantastic organisation and help us support our servicemen and women, you can do so by clicking on the following links:
My Donation Page: https://www.eventbrite.com/donate/crazy-mudders-simran-gill/1447017
Group Donation Page: https://www.eventbrite.com/teams/crazy-mudders/1043789
We hope to receive support from all of you wonderful people and remember every penny counts. A small donation can go a long way! Thank you for taking out time to read this blog post and hopefully I’ve been able to explain just what this event is about and what it means to me. Thank you!