Fabulous five ready to wade, crawl, jump, climb, run and brave the lake all for a good cause

Published: 24th February 2017

A team of five will tackle the might of next month’s Monster Race to support a local fundraising organisation in its 10th anniversary year.

Leaseguard Group Ltd, based at Unipart House on Garsington Road in Cowley, Oxford, has assembled a squad to defeat the mighty obstacle assault run at Cornbury Park in West Oxfordshire on April 1st with an aim to help Play2Give help local people in need.

The contract lifecycle management company, which has been running for 25 years, helps NHS Trusts generate savings on their maintenance and leasing contracts.

The team of five, led by Lee Edwards, from Didcot, also includes Lesley Saunders, Jonathan Wickens, and husband and wife pair, Charlie and Martyn Sadler. They hope to raise £400.

The Monster Race will see the fabulous five take on a range of obstacles in 5k or 10k which all includes lots of mud and water including the bog of eternal stench, the great wall, hole in the wall, sandbag slog, tyre crawls, monsterphobia, barbed wire crawls, and the meatgrinder to name just a few, making up a sure fire whetting of an appetite of an event.

Lee, who has been friends with P2G’s founder, Andrew Baker, from Didcot, since they first met in 2008 whilst working together at Miele in Abingdon, says: “Andrew’s an inspiration and we are all honoured to take part in the gruelling challenge on Saturday, April 1st to support him and this fantastic cause”.

Lee added: “Andrew has worked tirelessly (with the support of others) to raise extraordinary amounts of money along with some really fantastic initiatives, such as football tournaments which I have had the pleasure of playing in. His (Andrew’s) energy and dedication despite his own challenges cease to amaze!”

P2G, the Guardian and The Oxford Paper’s charity of the year, has raised over £55,670 for a catalogue of local charities since Andrew formed the fundraising organisation in September 2007. Of this the children’s hospital has benefited from more than £40,000.

Andy, born with a brain injury, has been raising money for charity since the age of 14 in 2003 when he was inspired by treatment he had received including major brain surgery aged 12 from a tumour that developed following a head injury in a playground accident aged eight.

Lee first got involved in supporting P2G’s efforts when he played in a Miele team in a football tournament in July 2008.

The funds Leaseguard raise will go into P2G’s £10k in 10 appeal this year as part of its 10th anniversary charity campaign. The Childrens Hospital at the John Radcliffe and brain injury charity, Headway Oxfordshire, will both benefit from the proceeds raised from a wide array of events and initiatives this year including the beastly effort of the Monster Run.

To sponsor the Leaseguard team, see http://make-a-donation.org/fundraisers/team-p2g

P2G has already raised over £1,900 in its £10k in 10 appeal. And with a host of events in the pipeline they have high hopes of achieving their special milestone year’s target, with help from Oxfordshire Guardian and The Oxford Paper readers and staff.

More information on P2G at play2give.org.uk

Attached: Picture – Credit – Lee Edwards – ‘Some of the Leaseguard Monster Run team ready to pull on their trainers and their running gear to take on the mighty Monster Run’