Rotary Club of Ruislip-Northwood helps raise £9,000 for local special school

Rotary club of Ruislip-Northwood Helps to raise £9,000 in aid of Grangewood School

On Saturday May 2nd an intrepid team of five city executives swapped their suits for shorts and put themselves to the test in order to raise funds for the Friends of Grangewood Association by taking part in the West London Tougher Mudder Challenge. The team, appropriately named the MudMen, included experienced Tougher Mudder Rupert Barton who had also previously walked a 100 miles in 100 hours in Thailand and Ashish Patel who previously ran the London Marathon,  Rajiv Pabari who has previously climbed Mount Kilimanjaro  as well as two athletes Vishal Maru and Vijay Chauhan. The team, supported by the Rotary Club of Ruislip-Northwood were among one thousand people who attemped the gruelling 12km challenge which was part hill climb and part army assault course and included three water obstacles where team members were almost completely submerged. At one point the team had to build and climb a human pyramid. In a true triumph of teamwork the MudMen completed the course in three and a half hours bravely soldiering on despite previous ankle and knee injuries. 



Grangewood School in Eastcote was chosen as the focus for fundraising by the team as it provides a wide range of education and activities to enrich the lives and assist the development of boys and girls aged 3 – 11 with physical and learning disabilities, many of whom live locally.  Nayan Patel President of the Rotary Club of Ruislip-Northwood was on hand to take photographs and joined the team celebrations at the end as they announced that they had smashed their original fund raising target of £1000 and raised £9,000.

Nayan congratulated the MudMen “This is a fantastic achievement by the MudMen team; they have successfully completed the Tough Mudder challenge and raised a substantial sum by taking the initiative in order to help make a difference to the lives of children in need. An inspiring action by these five City Professionals supporting a very worthy cause for which we thank them most sincerely" 

The funds raised will now enable the school not only to pay for specialist play equipment for the children but also go towards the school next fundraising initiative which is the purchase of a new mini bus to enable the children to continue their learning and development through educational visits.

Readers can show their appreciation for the team and help to support the vital work of Grangewood School by visiting the Mud Men's entry on the Friends of Grangewood School Just Giving page