A PAIR of YMCA Youth Workers prepared for their big day by braving the cold, mud and wet of a Winter Warrior Endurance Challenge – all to raise money for a YMCA youth club in Immingham.
Adam Wood, 31 and Jocelyn Dennis, 28, both from Cleethorpes are engaged to be married but before they think about stepping down the aisle and jetting off on honeymoon, they took to the obstacles of the Winter Warrior event at Donington Park in the East Midlands on Saturday 6 February.
Like most endurance challenges, such as Tough Mudder, Winter Warrior saw Jocelyn and Adam scaling slippery slopes and getting themselves dirty but this time it was all in the cold February weather as Jocelyn explained.
She said: “Just as we were about to head out it seemed like every sort of weather hit all at the same time.
“There were gale force winds, sleet, snow, rain and it was bitterly cold.
“And of course the mud from the wet weather made some of the obstacles very treacherous.”
But Jocelyn was delighted to be able to take part in event where the funds raised will go towards sustaining a youth club that supports up to 50 young people per week in Immingham.
She added: “Some of the slides and drops we had to make saw us get very muddy but it was worth it in the end!
“The youth club is a huge part of the young people’s lives and they enjoy their sessions on a Monday so much.
“It promotes interaction, team work and there is a real community spirit amongst the group – you can see the difference it makes to their lives.
“So in that respect it was a small price to pay – at least we had warm showers afterwards!”
The pair have been fundraising online and were boosted by a £100 donation from Adam’s full-time employers D&S Services in Holton-le-Clay.
And the sporty couple are hopeful of raising up to £500 for the youth club, which will provide plenty of activities for the group.
Adam said: “We have managed to take some of the Immingham youths to Hull and Rock City, and some of them had never been over the Humber Bridge before.
“But we want to do so much more for them and we’re hoping the money raised from this event will help give them good experiences like going to see a Grimsby Town match.
“It seems we are a role model for the youths, even when we had hardly anything at the club for them to do, they would come and just spend time with us.
“So doing this and raising money will mean a big difference to them.
“We also want to take some them away on a residential break, like a PGL-type of thing.
“We hope we can get to a healthy total because it could make a real difference to young people’s lives.”
You can still sponsor the couple for their efforts by visiting their online fundraising page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/woodsandwonts.
For more information on the Immingham youth project, please visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ymcaimmingham.