Hairmyres Hospital nurses were joined by foster carers and friends last Saturday as they battled through mud, water, fire and ice in Total Warrior 2015!
The arduous team of nurses, known as the Hairmyres Hurricanes raised a staggering £800 to support Kibble’s Intensive Fostering Services (IFS), with donations still rising. The 9 strong team saw Jennifer Tait, Leah Proud, Lauren Frew, Lauryn Kennan and Lindsay Dingwall take on 30 punishing obstacles in the 10k race, along with foster carers Alec McGhee, Morag MacLean and friends Gemma and Gael Selkirk. The warriors endured being stung by electricity, jumping over fire, crawling under barbed wire, trawling through waist-deep mud and swimming through ice-cold water, all in aid of Kibble.
Jennifer Tait (26) said: “It was very physically and mentally challenging, definitely more than we had prepared for; pushing each other over obstacles and pulling each other out of mud whilst losing our shoes in the mud, that was the worst. In every photo, however, we’re all laughing.”
For the Hairmyres Hurricanes, Kibble was a charity close to their hearts as Alec and Morag, who took part in the event, provide intensive fostering for children. According to Jennifer “we all see the amazing difference this makes to children who have had very little, taken into a loving, warm home”.
With over £800 raised, the group are hoping to smash their £1000 target with the money being put towards refurbishing the games room within Kibble’s Intensive Fostering Services, including buying new games, toys and books. Children and young people use the games room to relax while attending the unit for meetings with families, carers and social workers.
“We asked the kids what they would want to do with the money we raised. They have a room where they go to relax, be children and meet their families for supervised visits and it’s in need of some TLC so that’s what we’re going to do.” Jennifer Tait.
John McHale, IFS service manager at Kibble said:“We’re totally overwhelmed by the generosity and support from Jennifer, fellow warriors, and all of those who kindly donated. This will make a huge difference to children and young people in our care by giving them a newly re-furbished games room with lots of new toys, games and books for them to enjoy.”
If you’d like to donate, please visit the Hairmyres Hurricane’s JustGiving page. Text donations can be made by texting HMHC99 £10 (or other amount) to 70070.