Innovate overcomes Mud, Sweat and Tears to raise money for Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.

Innovate overcomes Mud, Sweat and Tears to raise money for Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.

In September 2017 a team of intrepid Innovate Staff took on The Reebok Spartan Sprint in order to raise money for a charity that is close to our hearts. Founded 10 years ago by Fiona and John Devine, the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice in Berkshire supports children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions – and their families – throughout the area.

Our enthusiasm was tested when we realised that – far from a sprint – the event required all competitors to complete a gruelling obstacle course featuring eight-foot high walls, monkey bars, 30ft ropes to climb, and waste-deep muddy swamps to wade through. It was clear to all that the pain we were to endure would require every ounce of our strength.

ENDURANCE IS THE CAPACITY THAT TURNS PAIN TO GLORY

But our Spartan warriors jumped in with an enthusiasm, borne of the knowledge that suffering makes us stronger, and that many fellow sufferers in 25 countries have completed the 240 races held each year: and besides, we had the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice in Berkshire in our minds and the desire to raise at least a £1000 donation.

The mud, sweat and tears were a small price to pay when we realised that we had achieved 165% of our target. Thank you to everyone who sponsored us. The money will be well received by the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice and will help many who are touched by the charity’s unique specialised care and respite.  

Very well done to our INNOVATE SPARTAN WARRIORS – Leahnora, Anna, Myles, Bryan, Richard, Katie, Michele, Donna, Nicola, Karl, Nitin and Sam.