Fun loving Midlands duo get mucky for cancer research

Two East Midlands women are planning to get down and dirty to raise money for charity.

Ash Walsh from Market Harborough in Leicestershire and Ella Latimer from Blisworth in Northamptonshire are taking part in Cancer Research UK’s ‘Pretty Muddy’ challenge where they’ll be facing a five kilometre muddy obstacle course which includes an inflatable mudslide, a mud pool, and you guessed it – lots of mud, glorious mud!

The girls, whose team name is Muddy Hair, Don’t Care, both lost their grandfathers to cancer this year and wanted to do something special in their memory.

Ash, who attended Harborough’s Robert Smyth Academy, says her granddad, Ray Blower, was well known around town:

“He was kind-hearted and good humoured,” said Ash, who is a duty manager at The Roebuck family pub-restaurant on Trimbush Way in Market Harborough.

“He did silly, funny things and was always making us laugh. Harborough people will remember him singing in the street and dancing Charlie Chaplin style with his walking stick. And that is how I’ll remember him, as the joker of the family.”

Tragically Ray’s prostate cancer was diagnosed six weeks after his wife died from the disease. He had put off visiting the doctor because he was focused at the time on caring for his sick wife.

The family brought forward their celebrations for his eightieth and Ash’s eighteenth birthdays as they feared he might not make it to the actual day. But happily he did, so had two birthdays in his final year.

“Our granddads were very special to us and we wanted to do something in their memory and raise some vital funds for Cancer Research UK at the same time,” says Ella.

“A lot of our friends think we’re mad, but we’re really looking forward to this and can’t wait for the big day.

“We’ll be laughing all the way round and plan to have a massive mud fight at the end to celebrate – that’s if we’re still standing of-course!”

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