A CLEETHORPES couple are getting ready for their big day by braving the cold and wintry conditions to fundraise for a local youth group.
Jocelyn Dennis, 28, and Adam Wood, 31, will tackle the Winter Warrior event at Donington Park race track in the East Midlands on Saturday 6 February to raise funds for YMCA Humber’s youth club in Immingham.
The event is similar to the Tough Mudder challenges that have been popular in recent years but is held in the depth of winter, promising a muddy, good time for the competitors.
Jocelyn and Adam, who are engaged to be married, first met in YMCA Humber’s youth service back in 2013 and both support the charity’s youth activities with young people under-18 in Immingham.
And they are hoping their efforts over the obstacles and treacherous terrain will bring in enough funds to take the group on enriching activities that will in turn give them ideas of what they would like to see in their local communities.
Jocelyn said: “We wanted a new challenge for 2016 because we have done several fundraising events for YMCA before.
“Winter Warrior was one that we saw and we decided to take it on and try and raise some money for the youth group at the same time.
“I just hope it is not too muddy because the obstacles will be enough!”
Adam added: “As part of our roles at YMCA Humber, we support nearly 50 young people in Immingham through our youth activities and the club means so much to them.
“We also couldn’t do that without the help of our dedicated volunteers, so we would like to try and give something back by raising some money that can go towards new equipment or a trip for the group.”
Winter Warrior promises more obstacles than any other endurance event in the Midlands this year, with 72 in total, including TightFit, Guerilla Tactics and Airdrop, all in whatever weather February can throw at the competitors.
Jocelyn and Adam are looking for sponsorship for their efforts and have set up and online fundraising page, which can be found at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/woodsandwonts.
Adam, whose full-time job is with D&S Services at Holton-le-Clay was boosted by a £100 sponsorship from his employers.
He said: “It was a fantastic gesture and has really set us on the way with our fundraising.
“We hope we can get to a healthy total because it could make a real difference to young people’s lives.”