Our Business Improvement Manager, Margaret Nutter turned 40 this year and has set herself a series of challenges to complete before her next birthday. The first of these was to complete Born Survivor: a 7.5 mile military assault course held at Lowther Park in Cumbria. The course, designed by the Royal Marines involves a number of gruelling obstacles and challenges along the way to make the 7.5 miles that extra bit harder. Mags described her training on the run up to the event “I’m built for comfort rather than speed so to prepare for this challenge took some serious time in the gym and to give me inspiration I used the opportunity to fundraise for my project in Cameroon, something that is particularly close to my heart.”
Mags spent two years volunteering in North West Cameroon and had the opportunity to get to experience life in a totally different culture. Mags said of Cameroon “Cameroon is a beautiful and amazing country and there are many dedicated, committed and generally lovely people who are working to improve conditions in their communities. However it also faces significant problems; one being that Cameroon is a very male dominated society where violence against women and girls is a real issue. Nowhere is this abuse more evident than in schools with girls regularly being harassed and assaulted by teachers, fellow pupils and taxi drivers.”
Mags is raising money to help a local charity, New Era Foundation, who work with school children to raise awareness and provide a channel to provide support to those suffering abuse and raise the issue with the school and parents.
So far Mags has raised £770. Her solo Born Survivor challenge raised £170.50 of this.