Staff at Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children and corporate supporters Durapipe UK have been bouncing, boinging and flipping their way to helping children with disabilities and terminal illness – by taking part in The Inflatable 5k Obstacle Run at Wolverhampton Racecourse.
Sixteen members of staff from Durapipe, the leading manufacturer of high performance thermoplastic pipework systems which has its UK headquarters in Cannock, took on the challenge on Sunday 21 May to raise money to transform the lives of disabled and terminally ill children in Staffordshire.
Those who took part from Durapipe were Lydia Gough, Rebecca Findon, Dave Barker, Judy Sheedy, Dawn Jackson, Dawn Pearce, Samantha Robinson, Alan Westwood, Richard Pedley, Sarah Moorcroft, Mitchell Holmes, Amy Irvine, Preston Irvine, Bailey Holmes, Elliott Edge and Jason Smith who hope to raise £500 for their efforts. But it was Jason who dressed as a Sumo wrestler who stole the show as it made it somewhat difficult to get over the bouncy obstacles!
From Newlife, Brett Dewsbury and Jake Lakin, who both work in the charity’s Bridgetown warehouse, decided to take part in the event. They hope to raise £500 between them to help fund essential equipment provided by the charity which can help change children’s lives, such as beds, wheelchairs and communication aids.
The Inflatable 5k is a course of ten giant inflatable obstacles to be negotiated, but Brett and Jake were so committed to raising funds for Newlife that they decided to complete the course twice, which they managed to do despite both of them sustaining an injury along the way.
Lydia Gough at Durapipe said: “We had many laughs along the way. We always like to look for events to raise money that are challenging and fun to encourage sponsors.”
Brett Dewsbury added: “We just thought if we can help, then we will and it was definitely good fun for a good cause. It was tough going at times though, especially as I had surgery on my knee in 2015 and that was twinging and Jake managed to roll his ankle. An inflatable also bashed Jake’s nose, causing it to bleed, so I gave him my T-shirt to stem the blood – which meant I didn’t get to finish wearing my Newlife t-shirt.
“Despite all this we both enjoyed it and we really want to do more fundraising for Newlife in the future!”
If you would like to boost Brett and Jake’s total fundraising for Newlife, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/brett-dewsbury.
To find out more about how Newlife supports families go to: www.newlifecharity.co.uk. The website includes contact details for the Newlife Supporter Relations Team on 01543 462777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – and shows specific ways people can help support children with disability and terminal illness and their families in the area.
Pictured1: Brett Dewsbury and Jake Lakin
Pictured2: The Durapipe Team