12... 12 year ago was the last time I ran more than 100m, so the thought of running 5 miles with obstacles and mud pits in the way is a little daunting!
The 'Tough Mudder' is a 5 mile obstacle course filled with mud, walls, ropes, pipes, stairs, you name it, I'm going to have to go through it or over it!
The reason behind me getting my trainers out of hibernation is because of the amazing Horizons Children Sailing Charity.
'Horizons' is a charity which enables the disadvantaged and disabled children of Plymouth to get out on the water to enhance, not only their physical health, but their mental and psychological health too.
They provide learning and educational opportunities that increase self-confidence and improve social and practical skills. They do this through water-based activities like sailing and powerboating.
Every year they run over 3,000 individual sessions involving hundreds of young people aged 8 to 19 – and everyone is welcome!
Horizons only has 3 members of staff. One Operations Manager, one Business Manager, and one Chief Instructor. The rest are all amazing volunteers.
Without the volunteers' continued support, Horizons couldn't operate.
Horizons does not receive any statutory funding from the Government or Local Authorities, so they rely entirely on public generosity and having to compete for grants from charitable trusts.
Although they love taking young people out on the water, they also have to spend a lot of time raising funds and applying for grants so that they can maintain the boats and adhere to strict health and safety rules.
It costs roughly £2,000 a week to keep Horizons afloat.
Any money, little or large, would be so greatly appreciated. Horizons is such an amazing Charity which really does change peoples lives for the better.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Hopefully your next step will be clicking the 'donate' button!
Lois :) x