Burnham-on-Crouch rugby club’s under-10s are no strangers to mud and it showed as they conquered the Nuclear Races Rookie Rush obstacle course to raise money for Broomfield Hospital’s chemotherapy unit.
The junior rugby team and their siblings climbed, slid and squelched their way around the 1.5km course and sailed past their £300 fundraising target to collect an impressive £465.
Some of the older members of the squad enjoyed the challenge so much that they completed a second lap!
Burnham coach Laura Stacey said: “All the children did so well. Everyone finished covered in mud and with smiles on their faces. They all had a fantastic time and are very proud of the amount they’ve raised.”
The team decided to raise money for the chemotherapy unit as members of their extended families had received “excellent” treatment there and some are still under their care.
They money will go towards holistic treatments such as reflexology and be used to buy resources to make patients’ visits to the unit more comfortable.
Charlotte Jefcoate, fundraising coordinator for Mid Essex Hospitals Charity, said: “It’s a brilliant effort from the squad and it’s a fantastic amount of money. To see all the junior players soaking wet, covered in mud and looking like they’re having the time of their lives is wonderful. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Burnham’s coaches Laura, Ben and Wayne for organising the day and to everyone at Nuclear Races for putting on another brilliant event.”