You may remember that a few weeks ago, #TeamUHMB took on Born Survivor led by personal trainer Dan Flynn and his partner Sammy.  Bay Hospitals Charity volunteer Faye caught up with them to see how it went…

Faye Dent, Bay Hospitals Charity Volunteer

“So, on Saturday 21st September, Dan Flynn and Sammy Donohue took on BORN SURVIVOR with a team of 25, overcoming not just a 12K run but 12K of demanding military obstacles through sloppy mud and freezing water. (I think I spent the day watching TV… lazy as charged).

“I got the chance to catch up with the unbeatable couple down in the Skylight canteen earlier this week to interrogate them about how they did it and congratulate them on just how much money they have managed to raise, for such a great cause. Dan and Sammy aimed to raise £1000 for the Rainbow Clinic, and not only have they smashed that but they have more than doubled it!  We’ll have the final total in the next few weeks – watch this space.

“Not only did Dan and Sammy train individually, but Dan ran Bootcamps for the whole team to prepare for the big day, with people putting a lot of effort in at sessions twice a week so that they could complete the course. A very modest Dan described it as ‘just doing my job’, and added that Sammy was the brains behind the entire operation – #GirlPower.

“The power couple managed to finish in an impressive 4 hours, but it was gruelling, and there were times when it felt that they might not finish at all. Panic struck about three quarters of the way through when Sammy hurt her ankle.  Now, personally I would have been so tempted to use this as an excuse to drop it (‘ah well, I tried my best’), but not Sammy! She strapped herself up and carried on! Nothing but pure admiration from us here at Bay Hospitals Charity.

“The funds they have raised will be going directly to the Rainbow Clinic at Royal Lancaster Infirmary, which offers support to bereaved parents as well as working on vital research to reduce the rate of miscarriages and stillbirths. This is a cause close to Dan and Sammy’s heart, both of them passionate to break the taboo around baby loss, and to get people talking about this issue which affects so many families.

“So #TeamUHMB have conquered Born Survivor once again, the ultimate military experience. A 12km obstacle course where you are guaranteed to get hot, sweaty, covered in mud and breathless from the icy cold river water. But don’t worry if you feel like you’ve missed out – they assured us they will be doing it again next year and would love to welcome you to the team. Everyone is welcome!

“Speaking to Dan and Sammy it was clear how much they enjoyed the day, despite it being hard work. They are already thinking of more ways to fundraise. It was so nice to see a couple working so well together and they made it sound so much fun I might just join up myself next year, stranger things have happened.”

Faye Dent, Bay Hospitals Charity Volunteer

Do you have an idea for how you could raise money for Bay Hospitals Charity? Get in touch with us on 01524 516064 or charity@mbht.nhs.uk.