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Getting ‘clarty’ to raise money for St Oswald’s

Local supporters recently got muddy to help raise some funds for St Oswald's. Teaming up with Challenge Northumberland, we booked out the last slot in their Clarty Bairns family obstacle course on Sunday 12th August. The event, which was held at Broomley Grange in West Northumberland, saw 65 of our runners take part.

The runners took part in a 3km muddy obstacle course which involved climbing, crawling, scrambling, getting wet and getting very muddy. The weather was perfect for the event, although the rain earlier in the day meant the course was muddy enough to get the runners clarty before they braved the water slide to finish the course.

The obstacle course is aimed at families with children aged 6+, we wanted to provide an event which was fun for the whole family, getting active together as well as having fun. Challenge Northumberland operate many events and challenges aimed at families and we work very closely together.

Ewan, aged 8 from Washington, completed the course with his football team Washington United, he commented:

I’ve loved it. It was definitely muddier than our last mud run and I’ve had so much fun. My dad was a bit slow but there were other parents from the football team who could keep up with us. I was a bit scared on some parts but I would do it again.

Ashley Elliott, Fundraising Team Manager, said:

Clarty Bairns was a great success. It was great to see friends and families come to support St Oswald’s. The atmosphere of excitement was infectious. The participants really enjoyed the obstacle course, getting muddy and then finishing off on the water slide, which was a big favourite. We can’t thank Challenge Northumberland and Broomley Grange enough for holding such a family orientated fun event and letting us be a part of it.


Challenges like Clarty Bairns are a big help when it comes to raising the £7.5 million a year that the Hospice needs to keep its doors open. By taking part in events and other challenges on our Life List adventures it ensures we can keep supporting our patients and their families. So, I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part and raised some money for the event.

It was great to see so many supporters come together and conquer the obstacle course in order to raise vital funds for our patients.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit our Life List page here or call the Fundraising Team on 0191 246 9123.

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