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Muddy marvellous - mud, guts and glory in race for charity

PUBLISHED: 07:12 26 October 2016

Emma Kelly, Lisa Thomasson, Robert Rennie, Eddie Cheung, Ben Ward and David Wright were six of 1500 people taking on the coldest rivers, muddiest bogs and more than 20 obstacles.

Emma Kelly, Lisa Thomasson, Robert Rennie, Eddie Cheung, Ben Ward and David Wright were six of 1500 people taking on the coldest rivers, muddiest bogs and more than 20 obstacles.

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A team of six IPRS Group employees from head office in Ipswich are celebrating their achievements after putting their fitness and teamwork to the test in the 2016 Whole Hog Race Suffolk.

Raising over £700 for The Sick Children’s Trust and Macmillan Cancer (split 50/50), Emma Kelly, Lisa Thomasson, Robert Rennie, Eddie Cheung, Ben Ward and David Wright were six of 1500 people taking on the coldest rivers, muddiest bogs and more than 20 obstacles.

The race was on Sunday October 16.

The IPRS team chose to take part in the challenge for their company’s two chosen charities of the year because they wanted to improve their fitness and raise more funds for two very worthy causes.

The money raised will now help The Sick Children’s Trust to aid recovery of sick children by supporting the whole family with free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation just minutes away from a sick child’s hospital bedside..

It was also to help Macmillan Cancer be a source of support, giving patients energy and inspiration to help take back control and feel more like themselves again.

Diane McPherson-Emery, corporate fundraiser at The Sick Children’s Trust said: “We’re delighted that IPRS are supporting us this year and are so proud of everyone who took part to raise a fantastic amount of money for us. When a child is seriously ill, it’s an incredibly difficult time and The Sick Children’s Trust helps ease some of the worries families have by keeping them together by their child’s side in free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation. It costs the charity £30 per night to support a family, so we couldn’t be more appreciative to IPRS for choosing to fundraise for us.”

Helen Glenholmes, Macmillan Cancer fundraising manager for East Suffolk and Waveney said: “Sadly the number of people being diagnosed with cancer is increasing every year, and Macmillan Cancer Support want to make sure that no one will have to face cancer alone. We’re so grateful for the team at IPRS Group for taking part in such a brave challenge, thanks to their support, we can be there for even more families in the future.”

The team would like to thank all of their sponsors for their support plus family and friends for cheering them on, on the day.

There’s still time to sponsor the team for their fundraising efforts by visiting their Virgin Money Giving page via: http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/iprs

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