COLLEAGUES from Amec Foster Wheeler (AFW) braved mud, ice, fire and electricity at Total Warrior to raise £1536 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).
Fifteen members of staff undertook the punishing 12K obstacle course at Bramham Park in Leeds on June 24, and AFW have pledged to match the amount raised.
One of the Amec Foster Wheeler warriors, Stephen Smith, was motivated to take part after losing a whopping five and a half stone in weight and wanting to keep fit.
Mr Smith said: “I’ve felt very inspired seeing everyone else going above and beyond to put this to good use, working as a team, having fun and raise money for worthwhile charities.
“The GNAAS is a chosen charity of Amec Foster Wheeler in Darlington and serves our local community where we live and work. As a first aid trainer I also am very keen and driven to always support people getting the necessary help and treatment they need as soon as possible.”
To prepare for the challenge, members of the team trained together to ensure they were fit enough to tackle all 30 obstacles on the gruelling course.
Mr Smith continued: “We’ve all made new friends through this experience either from the team, or the fitness programmes we’ve done leading up to the event. It has also been a great team building activity between work colleagues.
“We are all ready to do it again next year and try to get an even bigger team together.
“It’s a challenge, it’s not easy, you’ll take a few knocks, but the sense of achievement is amazing. It’s fun and the teamwork involved and sense of comradery is second to none. It might change your life for the better, these events have for me.”
The next Total Warrior event is at The Lakes on 5 and 6 August and if you decide to raise money for GNAAS, you will save 15 per cent on the entry fee.
Once you have purchased your place, you will be sent a fundraising pack which includes a free GNAAS running shirt and sponsor forms to help you reach the £200 sponsorship goal.