Mud-nificent! Terrific trio complete muddy obstacle race in honour of much-loved father and grandfather

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Rachael Foster and her two sons Tom and William took on a mud-splattered 7k obstacle race to raise £1,135 for Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice.

A motivated mum and her two sons took on a mud-splattered 7k obstacle race to raise £1,135 for a Sue Ryder hospice.

Rachael Foster from Riseley, north of Bedford, accompanied by her sons Tom (aged 20) and William (aged 17), completed the ‘Nuclear Races Fallout’ in Essex earlier this month.

They braved the cold to scale over a range of challenging natural and man-made obstacles on farmland slathered with slippery mud.

This included free-falling down a ‘Deathslide’, a zip-wire into freezing water and hanging off steel gorilla bars.

The family members have raised £1,135 for Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in memory of Rachael’s much-loved father, and Tom and William’s grandfather, David Foster.

David was cared for in his final months by the team at the Moggerhanger hospice. He passed away from cancer in December 2020.

Rachael said: “We did it in support of Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice because the care my dad received there last year was amazing. Even with Covid restrictions, we were given time with my dad in his last weeks. Every member of staff we encountered – from cleaner to consultant – was kind and compassionate. They made sure the final weeks of his life were comfortable and dignified, allowing him to have peace in his last moments. We just wanted to give something back.”

Joanne Landucci, Senior Community Fundraiser at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, said: “Thank you so much Rachael, Tom and William for your incredible support – and congratulations on braving the mud to complete your obstacle race! The vital funds you have raised will help our hospice’s care teams to be there for more local families – filling their final days with love.

You can support Rachael, Tom and William through JustGiving: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rachael-bailey11

You can find out more about Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice at sueryder.org/stjohns