As one of our resident bricklayers and general builders Jon is used to putting in a day of graft at work. What people won’t know is that for the last few months he’s been putting his body through the mill running up and down Clent Hills just outside Birmingham in preparation for Sundays Tough Guy® race to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
With over 250 man-made obstacles it’s considered to be one of the toughest races in the world and tests both mental and physical strength and agility by introducing obstacles which test your fear of heights, tight spaces, fire, water and electricity. It’s not just about physical fitness but mental strength too as you need the mental fortitude to deal with icy water, muddy troughs and scaling cargo nets placed at ridiculous heights; its physically uncomfortable at all levels and very cold. Many don’t make it to the end but with the help of his team mates and a driving ambition to raise money for a worthy cause, he finished the course in 4 hours.
Why do it?
There are lots of reasons why people do such challenges, for Jon and his pals it was to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Most people are touched by this terrible disease at some point in their lives either personally or by someone they know. But medical advances in recent years have meant that 1000’s of people have been treated successfully but it comes at a high price. In the financial year 2015/16 Cancer Research UK supported research worth £376 million with funding coming from a number of different sources.
Having lost his own father to the disease when he was just 7 years old, Jon is all too aware of the impact cancer can have on families and loved ones. Learning that the Father-in-Law of a long standing friend Tom had been diagnosed with the disease just a few months ago, Jon jumped at the opportunity to raise money and awareness to help with the ongoing battle that many face on a daily basis.
My family and I have had the worst 4 months of our lives having to watch my Dad Lyndon battle cancer and endure some of the worst types of Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy. To say we are heartbroken is an understatement. But we are so unbelievably proud of how he has dealt with all his treatment without a single moan. Siân Evans (Daughter of Lyndon)
The lads completed the Tough Guy challenge in just four hours and to date have raised over £1200.00. If you’d like to help with the cause, please visit the “Just Giving page“.
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.