Last month, after 200 obstacles over 20 miles, Xperience team managed to complete the world’s biggest assault course and raise over £3300 for the leading diabetes charity, Diabetes UK.
As diabetes is an illness that affects some of the employees’ children, Xperience Group decided to take part in the Rat Race Dirty Weekend 2015 and inspire others to support Diabetes UK. Aiming to raise £1000, 335% of the target was achieved, bringing the total amount to £3354.74. The latest figures show that there are currently over 3.9 million people in the UK living with diabetes, including over 35,000 children and young people under the age of 19. The money raised will help improve the care and support available for people affected by the condition as well as raise awareness and help people understand how following a balanced diet and leading an active lifestyle can help reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
The race obstacles varied from crawling through sewer pipes and tyres to climbing the world’s longest monkey bars, cat crawl and the stink trench, as well as a range of jumping, wading, swimming and sliding activities. It didn’t take long before everyone was covered in thick mud, forced to get down under the caging and crawl elbow deep in the slop.
Jade Winters, Group Marketing Manager, comments on the race “Initially the drive was to be able to say I’d done it, but that only got me to mile 13. Following this, I had to think about the cause, the generous donations we received and the reason I was there in the first place. Above and beyond that the support of a team member and the crowd really helped spur me on.”
The atmosphere of the race was fantastic, and everyone helped each other out. Iain O’Kane, Managing Director of Xperience Group comments “Some of the obstacles were very tough. Scaling walls is not my forte and I definitely wouldn’t have completed them without the support of others.”
Diabetes UK are the UK’s leading diabetes charity and the largest charitable funder of diabetes research, with over 300,000 supporters nationwide. They work with over 6,500 volunteers in a bid to raise awareness, funds and campaign for change and greater support.
There are currently over 3.8 million people in the UK living with diabetes, and it is the world’s fastest growing health threat. There are about 35,000 children and young people with diabetes, under the age of 19, in the UK. Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in children, however Type 2 diabetes is now on the rise.