On Saturday September 19th 2015, ten of our brave Newtonites will be tackling the fearsome Spartan Race together in order to raise invaluable funds for five fantastic causes: Cherry Trees, Tree of Hope, Football for Cancer (FFC), Mind & Hospice in Weald.
Taking place at Ashburnham Place in the rolling countryside of East Sussex, Newton’s group of Spartans will be tackling mud, fire, water, and 15 obstacles that will strike fear into the hearts of many of our valiant first-timers. There will be many challenges, both physical and mental, that confront our team on their path to Spartan victory, a mere taste of which can be experienced in the following video:
The Charities we are supporting this year are:
Warren & Lucinda Muschialli share their story:
Cherry Trees is a very special place. We looked long and hard to find a place where our Autistic son Leo could go for respite care and Cherry Trees is truly amazing. The staff and facilities at Cherry Trees are second to none and they provide top line support to children with complex special needs across a number of different spectrums. We feel safe with Leo there and he loves it! Cherry Trees offers families with special needs children a trusted and safe environment which is stimulating and homely with high quality care. Donate Now
Football For Cancer (FFC)
Toby Champion shares his story:
FFC is a fledgling charity set up about 5 years ago in the form of a fundraising football tournament in the Portsmouth area. FFC achieved official charity status last year which means that the proceeds of ANY fundraising event can now be donated to the charity. Having played for a number of local football teams near Portsmouth over the years and having recovered myself 18 months ago from Bowel Cancer, I took part in this year’s fundraising tournament and it seems an obvious choice for me to be the charity I continue to support and hope others will too. Donate Now
Hospice in the Weald provide palliative care, advice and clinical support for people with terminal illness, their families and carers. Their Hospice is based in Pembury and comprises a 15 bed In-Patient Unit and a Hospice Day Service offering a range of treatments, complementary therapies and clinics. Their Hospice in the Home service provides 24 hour advice and support to the local community and all nursing and medical services are offered alongside family support, bereavement counselling and spiritual care. All their services and activities are supported by a skilled and dedicated team of volunteers. No charge is made for these services which are provided on the basis of need rather than ability to pay. Donate Now
Tree of Hope aims to give a better quality of life to sick and disabled children in the UK who need specialist medical surgery, treatment and therapy which would not otherwise be available to them, by providing and assisting in the provision of grants. Since 2010, Tree of Hope has helped dozens of children in the UK; watch some of their stories and find out more about the charity in this short video on their website http://www.treeofhope.org.uk/ Donate Now
James Hughes shares his story:
The founding motivation for my support and fundraising efforts for Mind over the past few years stem from very close personal circumstances. In December 2011, having seemingly suffered quietly from depression for months, my father took his own life at the age of 54. The fact that neither my mother, sister, nor indeed myself saw anything like this coming, meant that the reality and significance of mental health issues were brought home starkly and suddenly in a way that we had never even been aware of before then.
This reality is reinforced even further by the facts: each year, one in four people will experience some form of mental health issue, whilst suicide is the single biggest cause of death in the UK for men under the age of 35.
Considering all of this, through the provision of advice and support to anyone experiencing any mental health problem, as well as through campaigning and fighting to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding of mental health issues, Mind is not only one of the most significant forces in mental health support in the UK, but it is of close personal importance, as it works to help anyone who might be in the same situation as my father once was. Donate Now
Meet Our Spartans!
The Hula Hooping Cheerleader!
Lucinda isn’t brave enough to participate in the full Spartan Race, but she will be hula hooping for the whole duration of the race – from the time the first Newtonite starts until the time the last one finishes! She has the upmost respect for her teammates for undertaking this gruelling race, and promises to ensure there’s a huge coolbag waiting for them at the finish line filled with beers and prosecco – Go Go Newtonites!