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Chamber team to become superheroes for St Richard’s

26th May 2017

Front row (L-R) Yasmin Bent, Tanya Cunningham, Sophia Haywood, Jennifer Madzarevic, Back row (L-R) Olivia Williams, Rachel Gent

Intrepid colleagues are swapping their work-wear for capes as they prepare to take on the St Richard’s Hospice Superhero Challenge.

The nine-strong team from the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the challenge on Saturday 17 June at the University of Worcester Lakeside Campus in Holt, near Worcester.

Alongside many others, the Chamber superheroes will complete a 5km walk or run with a difference – bouncing over a giant inflatable course, through tunnels, sploshing through a foam bath, navigating giant hammers and UV bubble pods before slipping down the Big Bertha Drop Slide.

Sharon Smith, chief executive of the Chamber of Commerce, is taking part in the challenge, and said: “We’re delighted to be supporting St Richard’s Hospice by partaking in the Superhero challenge.

“This is definitely a challenge with a difference and we can’t wait to try out all the inflatable obstacles, as well as the foam bath, UV pods and whatever else the course will throw at us.

“Our team can’t wait to take part in what not only looks to be an exciting and unique event, but one which will also raise valuable money to support those known to us living with life-limiting illnesses.”

Several members of the group have had family members, or friends, cared for by St Richard’s – or have benefited from the hospice’s support themselves.

The team hopes to raise £1,000 for St Richard’s Hospice, and to make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/HWChamber

Rachel Jones, fundraising manager at St Richard’s, said: “We’re so excited about the Superhero Challenge, we’ve never done an event like this before and we can’t wait to see everyone taking on the 10 giant inflatables and foam galore.

“We have had nearly 600 people sign up so far and there are so many lovely stories about why people are taking part and celebrating their superheroes in their life.

“It is great to see so many teams like the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce getting involved – so if you’re not already booked in, encourage your work colleagues to join in the fun and enter a team too.”

Places are limited to 50 per time slot – which are every 15 minutes between 10.00am and 4.00pm – with a minimum height restriction of 123cm, anyone 16 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Those with medical conditions or skin allergies are advised not to take part in the event.

The event is kindly being sponsored by A44 Tyre Shop.

Participants are asked to pledge to raise sponsorship of £50 or more to help St Richard’s continue to offer free care to patients and their loved ones.

Adult before 9 June ­– £30 + £2.27 admin fee;

Child before 9 June – £25 + £1.99 admin fee.

To register go to www.strichards.org.uk/superherochallenge For further information please call 01905 763 963.