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The Clarriots Crew are at it again! First, care coordinator Lucy Hunter is braving the shave to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and it’s already time for round two! This time, a group (three of whom are Clarriots employees) is taking in the 5K Pretty Muddy Challenge.
The Pretty Muddy Challenge is an extension of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. It’s a very muddy obstacle course that women of any ability can smash through to raise money and awareness to beat cancer.
Taking part are three members of the Clarriots Care team: Kirsty Barnes, Amy Pickering and Georgia Biggin. Also taking part are three members of Kirsty’s family: her sister Kez Harvey and two cousins Hayley Taylor and Melissa Picksley. Together they form Team Muddy Flappers.
The actual run itself will be taking place on Saturday 1 October 2016, one day after the Macmillan Coffee Morning that Kirsty is helping to run.
The Muddy Flapper’s 5K Muddy Run is taking place at the Lincolnshire show ground.
Speaking about why she and her team were taking on the Muddy Run, Kirsty said: "We will be completing the Lincoln Pretty Muddy 5k in aid of Cancer Res earch UK as it is something that is close to all of our hearts and important to us all.
"By inspiring excellent care that helps people to live well and cope with dying, we can help to change the way people live.
"Kez, Kirsty, Hayley and Melissa's Grandad, John Reginald Barnett, was an amazing man who was able to live a fantastic life, sadly passing away in 2012 at the age of 94 after suffering with cancer. They still strongly believe now, that if he hadn't been diagnosed with cancer he would still be with us, he was such a strong man until he was diagnosed in June 2012 being given only weeks to live. He managed to amaze the whole family even up to his final days as he out-lived the doctors' expectations and managed to fight the disease for almost four months. He was and always will be a true inspiration to both of us.
"Kirsty's Mother-In-Law Pauline Barnes was a just as strong person - she was the pillar of the whole family and would do anything for her family and others. She was unfortunate enough to suffer from a number of different cancers all of which she was able to fight over the years, until the summer of 2014 when she finally lost her battle to lung cancer just 4 weeks following her diagnosis.
"Pauline never sought sympathy or felt hard-done-by. She took a no-nonsense approach to her illness and treatment – for example, just 1 week after completing a course of chemotherapy she managed to complete the Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research. To Pauline it was just her way of dealing with the illness. She will forever be an inspiration to all who had the pleasure of meeting her.
"Kez's Father-In-Law Stephen Harvey was a family man through and through. He was a very relaxed man who was always there for others and he lived life to the absolute full. Stephen was diagnosed with a very aggressive terminal cancer but due to his sheer fight and determination he managed to continue his days with his family for a further 2 years. He managed to make the most of everyday that he had and lived everyday like it was his last. He fought his illness very bravely and always put on a brave face for his children and family, he was never one to complain even knowing the outcome of his illness would be fatal this didn't bring him down he was laughing and joking up to the end until he passed away in December of 2008."