Monday, 28 September 2015

Cheer on the challenge of the year at Push it for the Peace or sign up for a sunny splash, dash and daring day to remember!

We need your support to turn Push it for the Peace into the sunniest, funniest  community celebration!  There is still time to take part and play your part in raising a phenomenal amount of money for your Hospice.

But if you can't sign up for the challenge, why not be a spectator? Watch participants plunge down the Belly Flop waterslide or slip helplessly through an eight metre tunnel into the muddy Sheep Dip or These are just two of the 30 exhilarating obstacles awaiting participants in this year's Push It for the Peace.

Last year an incredible £70,000 was raised in this obstacle challenge course and this year we hope to raise a fantastic £80,000 in this 5-mile dash.

This year's event is on Saturday 3rd October at Chiswell Green, St Albans and we are set up and ready to welcome hundreds of enthusiasts.  With free parking nearby, children's rides, refreshments, live music and a very welcome beer tent, there really is something for everyone.

Peace Hospice Care Events & Community Fundraising Manager, Pete Watson said 'the weather is looking good and we really want to have as many entrants as possible to join in and face the challenge. We also welcome the community to come along, cheer and support the event and join in the fun.'

With the age of entrants currently ranging from 16 to 68, Push It for the Peace really is for anyone who loves a challenge.

Alex Lacey from Bushey  has stepped up to Push It for the Peace. The BT Open Reach Engineer, 36, recently faced 'the biggest physical and mental' challenge of his life when he took part in the BBC2 programme 'Special Forces – Ultimate Hell week' where he was put through his paces by Special Forces including the SAS.  Although Alex regularly takes part in obstacle courses to keep fit, Push It for the Peace is very close to his heart as Alex lost his dad, Alan, to a brain tumour in 2003.

'I have massive respect and admiration for the those who care for people with cancer and other illnesses and  my heart goes out to people affected by cancer, everything I do I have my dad in the back of my mind.  I just want my dad to be proud.'

Alex will be 'Pushing It', with his sister Amie, an Inpatient Nurse at Peace Hospice Care along with other hospice colleagues Hilary Lythgoe,  Melinda Smith and Lisa Goodman. 'My job for the day will be to help get them around the course', says Alex.

Although Alex will be taking part in a 30km Bear Grylls Survival Race the next day, you do not have to be ultra-fit to take part in the challenge. You can even run around obstacles that you do not like the look of! The aim is to have fun, get as wet and muddy as possible, raise money and above it all, 'Push It for the Peace'.

So, if you want a fun day out, come and lend your support and your voice to spur on our stars. This is a fantastic event that the weather can't ruin. The wetter, the better!

It is not too late to enter. To sign up or for more information, call our events team on 01923 335373, email events@peacehospicecare.org.ukor visit www.peacehospicecare.org.uk/events.  You can also sign up on the day.