Tough Mudder, probably the toughest event on the planet, announced that ‘Mudders’ across the UK have raised over £1million for Help for Heroes – the official UK charity partner of Tough Mudder.
By climbing through mud, diving into icy water and running through electric wires at Tough Mudder events, the ‘Mudders’ have collectively raised funds to provide much needed facilities to help wounded, injured and sick Servicemen, women and veterans’ recovery through sports.
Members of the Help for Heroes Band of Brothers Jaco van Gass, Paul Wilson and Mark Holloway, all Mudders themselves, came along to try out the new 'Tough Trail' at Tedworth House and to thank fellow Mudders for their support.
The money raised has funded adapted sports and recreational facilities for Help for Heroes Sports Recovery programme to further aid the wounded with their recovery, as well as encourage users of all abilities to exercise and achieve their goals. The facilities, including climbing walls at the four Help for Heroes managed Recovery Centres and the all-weather ‘Tough Trail’, all help injured Servicemen and women to rebuild basic mobility and strength.
As a result, many have taken up new sports at grass roots level, or gone on to represent their country at events such as the Invictus Games and Paralympics. Additionally these men and women have defied the odds to complete various endurance events, including marathons, North Pole excursions, and more.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank our ‘Mudders’ who have put themselves through our gruelling challenges and continued to be loyal supporters of Help for Heroes,” said Paul Simcox, Volunteer & Charity Manager at Tough Mudder UK. “Helping others is what Tough Mudder is all about and we are delighted to see our ‘Mudders’ helping these inspiring men and women continue their own sporting endeavours. We challenge our ‘Mudders’ to pull together to raise the next million by the end of 2015.”
“The money raised through our partnership with Tough Mudder has been outstanding, and we are extremely grateful for the generosity of ‘Mudders’ in the UK,” said Martin Colclough, Head of Help for Heroes Sports Recovery. “Because of their efforts, our Sports Recovery Programme is stronger than ever and is helping injured Servicemen and women back to both excellent mental and physical health. We would like to thank Tough Mudder and their ‘Mudders’ for their on-going support and look forward to a long lasting partnership.”
Tough Mudder events continue in the UK through the end of October, allowing participants more opportunities to train for and complete a Tough Mudder while raising funds for Help for Heroes. To learn more and to register, visit https://toughmudder.co.uk/.