DAREDEVILS can slip down muddy slides, dive into filthy pools of water and climb over mudbanks…to raise money for charity.
The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, based in West Bergholt, Colchester, has challenged supporters to test their fitness by taking part in its Wild Forest Challenge.
From testing their strength with atom balls to seeing if they can avoid the drop on the ninja rings, people can have fun, and get extremely muddy, while raising much-needed funds for young people with cancer.
Nikki Bowdidge, CEO and Founder of the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, said: “It is, quite honestly, the most disgustingly muddy obstacle course I have ever seen. So, of course I said we had to get people to have a go.
“Personally, I want to see how many people make it to the end because there are so many obstacles to get through. The zip lines look like serious fun, but if I had to pick my absolute favourite it would be the deathslide into a lake of mud. No one is coming out of that clean.”
The Wild Forest Challenge takes around 90 minutes to complete, and children must be aged ten or over to take part.
The event will take place on Saturday, June 25th at Wild Forest, Parsonage Farm, Ongar Road, Brentwood, with registration at 1.30pm and the challenge starting at 2pm.
Registration is free if you agree to raise a minimum of £100 for the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation.
For further information and to sign up please email fundraising@tombowdidgefoundation.org
The Foundation has an Individual Giving Campaign where supporters can give a monthly donation. Alternatively, text the amount you wish to donate to CRACKON4TOM to 70085.
To sign up to the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation’s Individual Giving Campaign go to www.tombowdidgefoundation.org
Tom Bowdidge was just 18 when he was diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma in his peritoneum and pelvis, an extremely rare and aggressive cancer. He instantly set out to help others who found themselves in the same situation and raised more than £170,000 for charity to help put an end to the illness. In April 2013, he decided he wanted to start his own charity to support teenage cancer patients.
Tom, 19, died on Friday, October 18, 2013, and left strict instructions for everyone to “crack on”.
On February 28, 2014, Tom’s 20th birthday, parents Nikki and Richard set up The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation to continue to carry on the work he started when he was diagnosed.

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