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12 miles, 20 Obstacles and Lots of Mud!

28th September 2017

Our Accounts Administrator, Annaleis has recently completed a Tough Mudder challenge to raise funds for Little Hearts Matter (LHM), a national UK charity offering help to anyone affected by the diagnosis of single ventricle heart condition. LHM support children and their families at every stage from initial diagnosis, through treatments and support for life at home, for babies born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) and other single-ventricle heart conditions.

little hearts matter

Little Hearts Matter

LHM is a charity that is very close to Annaleis’ heart, as she found out midway through her second pregnancy that the little boy she was expecting had only half of a working heart. After the diagnosis, Annaleis and her husband contacted LHM who immediately provided advice and support and in Annaleis’s own words, ‘have been an amazing source of support for the family, ever since’. Annaleis describes Ellis as a typical three year old, whose stubbornness drives his Mum and Dad to distraction!

Tough Mudder events are up to 10-12 mile long challenges and test the participants physically and mentally. Often described as the ultimate challenge, the popular mud run events feature more than 20 obstacles and are designed to push people out of their comfort zone and to their limit.

Speaking about the event, Annaleis said, “LHM is a truly wonderful charity and even though the Tough Mudder was a very challenging event for me, many of the children and families affected by HLHS and other heart conditions endure so much more for a far greater period of time”.

Annaleis undertook her challenge in July after starting training earlier in the year. She and raised around £4000 for her chosen charity and is already planning to do it all over again next year!

The team at Simian were so impressed with Annaleis’ achievements that LHM have been chosen as our preferred charity for the next 12 months.

Well done, Annaleis!

Those wishing to make a donation can do so here or you can Text HELP22 £5 to 70070 to donate £5.