Hundreds are signing up to take on the mighty Born Survivor challenge in aid of Lancaster St John’s Hospice.
The Lancaster Guardian and its sister paper the Visitor has teamed up with Lancaster gym, Fitness Formation, and Born Survivor to raise £100,000 toward the Save Our Hospice campaign for the Slyne Road Hospice.
Fitness Formation Born Heroes are bidding to break the Guinness World Record for the biggest team ever to take part in an organised obstacle course event - by bringing together 1,000 people for Born Survivor at Lowther Castle, in the Lake District on April, 4.
Sam Hicks, who goes to Fitness Formation gym on North Road, Lancaster, says she “simply had to get involved” when she heard about the event.
Sam said: “Whenever you speak to anyone about the hospice, most people will be able call upon a friend or a loved one who has required the use of these services and it would be a travesty to think that St John’s may not be there for future generations to utilise.
“This is such a worthy cause and you will have an amazing time gaining a sense of achievement when you reach the finish line like no other you will experience.”
The goal is for each member of the team to try to raise a minimum £100 each - that £100 represents four hours of care by St John’s Hospice team, who work with people with life-limiting illness both at the hospice and people’s homes. Lancaster Guardian reporter Gemma Sherlock has also joined the team.
Gemma said: “I’m quite scared because I have never done anything like this before but I’m ready to take on the challenge. As a service I know how the hospice help families through difficult times.
“The pain I may go through during Born Survivor is nowhere near compared to the pain families go through when they have lost somebody they love.”