Charity challenge in memory of mum

ON a cold Sunday morning in November, most of us would be happy to stay tucked up in bed.

ON a cold Sunday morning in November, most of us would be happy to stay tucked up in bed.

But for the Scott family the wet and muddy conditions were no barrier as they braved an eight mile assault course to raise money for a Suffolk charity.

The family took part in the race on behalf of Optua UK Community Brain Injury Services, which supported Jean Scott for six years following a stroke until she died in May.

Mrs Scott's children, Nicola and Adrian, joined forces with their cousin Jonathan Dinmore for the race, raising nearly £2,000 so far.

They were among two hundred runners who took part in the event on Sunday at Wantisden Hall, near Woodbridge, where the Scotts grew up.

The endurance assault course was not for the fainthearted, with jetties to swim under and flooded roads to navigate.

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Ms Scott said: “We literally swam through two rivers - it was harder than I thought, and the next day I could barely walk!”

Her mother moved into Specialist Supported Housing in Stowmarket six years ago, where she was cared for by Optua staff.

Ms Scott, 40, now lives in London as does her brother Adrian, but grew up in Woodbridge and attended The Convent of Jesus and Mary in Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. Mr Scott went to Framlingham College.

She was full of praise for Optua, who also fielded a team of three runners.

She said: “They're a really worthwhile charity, they do the most amazing work, not just for my mum but for all their other clients.”

Together with the Scotts, they have raised more than £2300.

The family is hoping that some of the money will go towards a collection of books in Mrs Scott's name for the charity's library, which provides age appropriate books to assist with rehabilitation.

Some of it will also help support Optua's garden project in Stowmarket, which Mrs Scott loved.

Her daughter said: “It was therapeutic and gave her a lot of satisfaction.”

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