A team of accountants swapped number crunching for sliding about in mud – all in the name of charity.
Ten members of the Rawcliffe and Co Chartered Accountants Team – along with friends from Leonard Curtis – undertook the North West Tough Mudder Half Challenge to test their strength, stamina and mental grit.
The challenge, which was held on September 9 at Cholmondeley Castle, Cholmondeley, Malpas, was a five-mile obstacle course through icy water and thick mud designed to push team members to the limit.
Ian Harrison, partner at Rawcliffe and Co – based at Whitehills Business Park, Blackpool – chose to donate to local charity, Play Inclusion Project.
So far the team has raised in excess of £300 and donations are still coming in.
Ian and his wife Danni were celebrating their 17th wedding anniversary on the day, making it even more of a day to remember!
Ian said: “We wanted to take part as it looked like a fun and challenging way to raise money for charity as well as a fantastic team building opportunity.
“September 9 was also our wedding anniversary and my wife Danni took part on the day with us.
“We both agreed it was an unusual way to celebrate 17 years of marriage but will never forget the year we did Tough Mudder!”
The Rawcliffe team members were: Ian Harrison, Danni Harrison, Joseph Tantram, Andrea Rozikova, Morgan Greaves-Thomas, Leo Davies, Michael Moulding, Fern Wild, Adam Mattison and Rebecca Needham.
They were supported by cheering squad Rebecca Thompson, photographer Andy Mellor, and Rob Hallet.
Ian added: “The whole experience was fantastic but the best moment for me was when we worked as a team to tackle the Pyramid Scheme obstacle.
“This involved us having to literally stand on each other’s shoulders to get over.
“It was also the hardest obstacle but a great moment when all 10 of us managed to reach the top, despite a few mishaps on the way up!
“By the end we were all cold, wet and very, very muddy but I can speak for everyone when I say the sense of achievement we all felt was incredible and I felt so proud of our team.
“Although donations are still coming in we’ve so far raised in excess of £300, and hope to reach £500 over the next two weeks.”
The Play Inclusion Project is based on Preston Street in Fleetwood but helps children across the Fylde coast.
The charity, which was founded in 1990, supports children and young people with additional needs and disabilities. It also provides respite for parents and carers and activities for children and young people.