ActiveWin Tackle Born Survivor for the SMA Trust

On September 24, 2016, seven brave souls from ActiveWin donned sportswear, SMA t-shirts and trainers they didn’t mind ruining, and prepared to face Born Survivor, in aid of The SMA Trust.

Held in the picturesque grounds of Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield, Born Survivor is a military-style assault course featuring more than 30 horrific-sounding obstacles, from crawling under barbed wire and being immersed in icy water, to ‘hang tough’ rings and bars, and claustrophobic tunnels. It’s all topped off with miles and miles of mud.

Captained by Marketing Executive Hannah McCarthy, fellow Marketing Executive Adam Jackson, designers Dave Bates, Ayaz Mohammed, Holly Sunderland, Natalie Thornley and Media Buyer Daniel Goux got their heads down (literally), pushed their muscles and their mental strength to the limits, and still came out the other side smiling.

Hannah, said: “I found ‘the mincer’ the most difficult, the tyres were so heavy and you had very little room. I had to talk myself through that bit, but it was amazing – I’m really glad I did it. There was great team work too, we all helped each other out and even strangers were pulling you up over the walls and giving each other encouragement.”

Adam agreed: “It was so much fun! I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.

“The water [Submariners Struggle] was the worst bit for me. It was so cold it made you take a sharp intake of breath and my vision was blurry for a while afterwards, but it was a great experience. I’d definitely do it again, and recommend it to others.”

Adam added: “Most importantly, we’ve raised lots of money for The SMA Trust, which is fantastic. Huge thanks to everyone who has sponsored us so far. Donations are still coming in, so hopefully we’ll smash the target.”

The SMA Trust is the only charity solely dedicated to finding a cure and treatments for Spinal Muscular Atrophy and has raised more than £3 million for research since it was founded in 2003.

If you want to help the team beat their target, there’s still time to donate, just follow the link to the official JustGiving page, and remember to click yes for gift aid so there’s no tax on the donation.

SMA Awareness Week runs from Saturday 24th September, find out more here.