A seven-strong team, known as the Minster Mudders, is taking part in one of the country’s most gruelling assault courses this August to increase awareness of brain injuries. Lawyers within Minster Law’s personal injury department, Sandy Gilfillan, Marc Massey, Stacey Barrow, Jack Young and John Cuss are heading to the demanding Tough Mudder Yorkshire event at Broughton Hall in Skipton on Sunday 2 August in aid of the brain injury association, Headway.
Tough Mudder is a team-oriented 12-mile obstacle course designed to test physical strength and mental grit. Putting camaraderie over finisher rankings, it is a real team challenge that allows participants to experience exhilarating, yet safe, world-class obstacles they won't find anywhere else.
Minster Mudders Team Captain, Sandy Gilfillan, said: “We know that Tough Mudder will be a real challenge that will test us all in many ways, but we’ve been inspired to do it by the clients we see facing –and overcoming – challenges every day. Our main aim is to raise as much money as possible for Headway while also demonstrating the importance of having a strong team around you to provide the right support when you need it the most.”
Former Nottingham Rugby Union player David Jackson, who was forced to retire from professional rugby after suffering a head injury, was also keen to join the Minster Mudders team at Sunday’s event. However, the Headway Nottingham ambassador, who due to his own experience has a personal interest in concussion and head injuries, was forced to pull out of the event after sustaining a shoulder injury over the weekend.
Since its inception in 2010, Tough Mudder has helped to raise more than £5m for charities and the Minster Mudders hope to add to this by entering the fray this year. All monies raised from the event will be divided equally between Headway York and Headway Nottingham.
Keep up-to-date with the team’s training progress at https://www.twitter.com/MinsterLawUK and show your support using #MinsterMudders.
All funds raised will be donated equally to Headway Nottingham and Headway York.
Headway is the UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injuryThrough a range of frontline services run from its Nottingham base and via a network of more than 100 groups and branches across the UK, it provides support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers, as well as to professionals in the health and legal fields.
A brain injury can have devastating consequences for individuals and their families, affecting every aspect of life. Although we all think 'it'll never happen to me', a brain injury can affect anyone at any time. When it does, Headway are there to help.Our Mission is:To promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury and provide information, support and services to survivors, their families and carers. In addition, Headway will campaign to reduce the incidence of brain injury.
Our Objectives are:
- To increase awareness and understanding of brain injury and its consequences
- To initiate activities and campaigns which will reduce the incidence of brain injury
- To provide information and support for people with brain injuries, their relatives, carers and concerned professional people
- To promote improved approaches to brain injury screening, acute care, assessment, rehabilitation and community reintegration
- To assist people with brain injuries to return to community living, including access to appropriate accommodation, social outlets and productive activity
- To support and help to establish Headway Groups throughout the UK in furtherance of the charity's mission statement and encourage them to address the needs of all sections of the community