Elaine takes up the challenge

Elaine Handy, who is a manager at the St John's Hospice warehouse in Lancaster and is taking part in the Born Survivor challenge for the Lancaster Guardian's hospice campaign.
Elaine Handy, who is a manager at the St John's Hospice warehouse in Lancaster and is taking part in the Born Survivor challenge for the Lancaster Guardian's hospice campaign.

St John’s Hospice’s warehouse manager Elaine Handy is taking on a new challenge next month when she takes part in the Born Survivor military obstacle course to help boost the charity’s funds.

Mum-of-two Elaine, 53, is now in training for the event on April 4 – and loving every minute of it.

She said: “I have always had an interest in sport and keeping fit, and I wanted to do something for myself, as well as make people more aware of the hospice and what we are doing.

“I did a 5km obstacle course recently, which was really exhilirating and made me think I could do Born Survivor.

“I am a little bit nervous but also quite excited. I will just go for it – I am really looking forward to the challenge.

“Hopefully people will be able to donate by maybe giving up one pint or their Sunday paper because it all helps.”

The 10km Born Survivor event is held at Lowther Castle, and a team of more than 250 have already signed up to raise money for St John’s Hospice as part of the Guardian’s Save Our Hospice campaign.

Elaine, who is from Morecambe, started work at the hospice warehouse last year, and is in charge of the donations and distribution of goods to the hospice’s three furniture and five charity shops.

She said: “It’s very rewarding working here, because you get to see everything that comes in and then see the end result of it being moved on and sold.

“It gets very hectic and it’s very physical work and not for the faint hearted, but I have a great team of volunteers and we have a good time.”