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Nirusha Vigi, an events manager from Clayhall in Essex, is going the extra mile to help disabled and terminally ill children in the county.

Nirusha, aged 31 and who works for University College London and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, is an active member Divemania Scuba club ( based in Grays where she is training to be a dive professional. She is taking part in the Midlands Tough Mudder in Leicestershire on Sunday 22 May.

Nirusha said: “I have taken part in a Tough Mudder event before and I said ‘never again!’ But at the end of last year I lost my beautiful Aunt Nanthini to a ten year battle with cancer and I wanted to do something in her memory.

“I once read somewhere that cancer was not a sprint, it’s a long gruelling obstacle course, so I’ve chosen to do the toughest one I know of – the Tough Mudder. A cause that was close to my aunt’s heart was helping disabled children, so I have chosen to fundraise for Newlife Foundation, a charity that supports disabled and terminally ill children without making deductions for administration costs.”

Every penny that Nirusha raises will be used to help provide essential specialist equipment for children in Essex. This could be anything from a wheelchair, buggy or walker for mobility to a specialist car seat or bed for safety.

Newlife is the UK’s largest charity provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness. The charity has already supported 227 children in Essex with equipment totalling £298,356. However, right now Newlife is working with a further 18 families with equipment needs totalling £1,909.

Nirusha is hoping generous local businesses and individuals will come forward to back her tough challenge. Anyone wanting to support her can to go:

For further details about how Newlife supports families of disabled and terminally ill children in Essex, go to