175 People Got Muddy For Chestnut Tree House
On Sunday 9 July, 175 people headed just north of the Sussex-Surrey border to take on Operation: MUD for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice. The 5km route at the award-winning Nuts Challenge course near Dorking was packed full of muddy challenges from start to finish, with over 60 man-made and natural obstacles. The event is set to raise around £35,000 for the charity.
Climbing walls, clambering through tunnels and jumping into muddy bogs were just some of the things the brave participants undertook – all to raise vital funds for Chestnut Tree House.
Men and women aged 16 to 60 took part, ranging from individuals and groups of friends, to clubs and corporate teams. George Lewis was the first to pass the finish line in just 40 minutes and 30 seconds – over eight minutes faster than the quickest runner at last year’s event. George heard about the event as his girlfriend was volunteering, and he decided to take part to support his local children’s hospice.
Emma Covey was the first female runner back for the second year running, completing the course in under an hour. Emma was taking part with four work colleagues, who are supporting Chestnut Tree House as their Charity of the Year.
The largest team taking part in Operation: Mud 2018 was Team Daisy, who took on the muddy challenge in memory of Daisy, who sadly passed away last summer. A total of 81 people made up the inspiring team, and collectively they raised over £20,000.
Evie White, Events Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House said: “Operation: MUD was really popular when we launched it in 2017, so we were delighted to be able to bring it back this year. We need to raise £6,850 every day to provide all our specialist care services – both at the hospice and in families own homes across Sussex and South East Hampshire, which makes events like this is invaluable. Sponsorship money is still coming in, but we hope to raise £35,000, which will pay for five days of all care services provided by Chestnut Tree House. It was an incredible day and everyone loved the atmosphere. We would like to thank all the runners who took part in Operation: MUD, as well as the supporters and volunteers who helped make the event a success.”
Chestnut Tree House opened its doors on 11 November 2003 and currently provides care and support to around 300 children with life-shortening conditions and their families across Sussex and South East Hampshire – both at the hospice and in families’ own homes. The cost of providing this vital service is over £3.9 million per year, yet the hospice receives less than 6% central government funding so relies heavily on the generosity and support of the community to continue providing vital care to children and families.