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Bury St Edmunds: It’s a Knockout teams brave the elements - and get even wetter

PUBLISHED: 08:44 14 July 2014 | UPDATED: 08:44 14 July 2014

Sunshine and showers, soap suds and soakings - The West Suffolk Hospital Charity It's A Knockout was enjoyed by all on the Hardwick Heath in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday

Sunshine and showers, soap suds and soakings - The West Suffolk Hospital Charity It's A Knockout was enjoyed by all on the Hardwick Heath in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday

Andy Abbott

A knockout time was had by brave teams in Bury St Edmunds yesterday in a fun fundraiser for West Suffolk Hospital.

Fourteen teams braved the bad weather on Hardwick Heath to take on the It’s a Bury Knockout challenge, raising more than £7,000 for the hospital.

Rapid Fat Loss and Fitness Academy scooped top prize in the eight knockout challenges – which included racing pantomime horses and giant dinosaurs – while UK Power Networks were the event’s biggest fundraisers.

Dave Gooderham, the hospital’s fundraising manager, feared the event would have to be cancelled given the impending downpours, but the show went on as planned, bar a few activities.

“Half the knockout is getting wet, so it didn’t matter,” he added. “We’re delighted everyone braved the weather and came out.”

Mr Gooderham also praised St Edmundsbury Borough Council, which helped organise the third instalment of the annual fundraiser.

Teams had to tackle four wet and four dry challenges in a crazy afternoon.

Competitors had to battle their through wet tunnels and up slippery slides, as well as teaming up for a knockout derby in full horse costume.

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