Thursday, 03 September 2015

Staff from Tenterden House Nursing Home in St Albans are taking part in Peace Hospice Care's Push It challenge in memory of their colleague Mick Limerick

The five mile course, which includes thirty wet and muddy obstacles, is being held on Saturday 3 October on private land near Butterfly World, Chiswell Green, to the south-west of St. Albans. Six members of Tenterden House staff are entering, under the team name of Mick's Numpties.

Kitchen Manager and team leader Emma O'Brian says: "This is the first time any of us have taken part in an obstacle challenge. I'm so unfit, but I'm going to finish it no matter what."

Emma adds: "Mick ran the kitchen here for seven years and its hard coming to work now he's gone. He used to call everyone a 'numptie' so we named our team in his honour."

Peace Hospice Care supported Mick, and his partner Lorraine, during the last weeks of his life with Lorraine staying alo'ngside him for the final 16 days. Chef Conor Devine says: "He was comfortable at the Hospice and laughed and joked right until the end."

Conor has several reasons for signing up for Push it for the Peace.  ''I'm certainly doing this in memory of Mick" says Conor. "But also to show what can be achieved even after suffering a serious illness.  I had a bone marrow transplant in 2006 and spent eight months in bed. If I can take part in an obstacle challenge, anyone can."

Registration costs £45, although an early-bird rate of £35 is available until Sunday 6 September. This fee covers the cost of the event only so participants are being asked to collect an additional £50 per person in sponsorship to help Peace Hospice Care raise the £4 million needed each year to keep its services running.

Receptionist Clara Bartoletti says "We've set up an online donation page and have already raised £750. Bupa, who owns the nursing home will be matching our donations too. Mick was a great guy and raising money for Peace Hospice Care is a great way to give something back for the care they gave him."

Push it for the Peace is not a timed event and is ideal for individuals or teams who want to challenge themselves, have fun and raise money for Peace Hospice Care.  It is open to men and women of all fitness levels, aged 16 or above. To register go to www.peacehospicecare.org.uk/events.