Kyan Batty and his colleagues from RAF Leeming have taken on Europe’s toughest overnight obstacle course to raise over £1,300 for the South Yorkshire children’s hospice that helped Kyan and his wife Melissa after their baby son Owyn passed away.
Kyan and his team-mates Stuart Skinner, Chris Haining and James Ellis tackled a mind numbing terrain of icy water and thick mud during the gruelling eight-hour challenge at Belvoir Castle, Grantham, known as Europe’s Toughest Mudder.
The team completed the intense five mile course with the support of colleagues Jamie Owen and Mark Dunnett, who brought food, drink and clothes and collected donations for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, which supports children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions.
Kyan and his wife Melissa have raised an incredible £20,000 to date for the children’s hospice since their much-loved son Owyn sadly passed away in 2013.
Melissa and Kyan spent ten days with their baby boy in Bluebell Wood’s Forget-me-Not suite. They were able to be with him in a peaceful environment where he had his own room and moses basket. Kyan said: “It was almost like we were able to experience what it would have been like to have taken him home.”
Kyan has undertaken many runs, tough mudders and challenges that have helped the hospice buy specialist equipment and create special memories for the families it cares for.
Kyan said: “We always visit each year and want to do as much for Bluebell Wood as we can. It’s a very special place. After 15 regular Tough Mudder events, multiple half marathons, the London marathon and many other fundraisers it was getting increasingly harder to get my friends and family to put their hands in their pockets. The second I saw that Tough Mudder HQ had released this new, harder, tougher endurance event I signed up straight away. Fully aware of how difficult this would be it was great to have team mates join me. I hope that our efforts inspire others to push themselves for Bluebell Wood.”
Team mate James said: “After meeting Kyan and being told about the hardships he and his family have endured, getting involved in Europe’s Toughest Mudder was a no brainer. In comparison to what the families and the staff go through on a daily basis, it was an honour to raise money for the hospice.”
Lucy Rathbone, Community Fundraiser, Bluebell Wood, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to all six for putting themselves through so much for Bluebell Wood. We were delighted to see them here last month and would like to thank them for helping us. Every penny counts but the amount Kyan, Melissa and their friends and family have raised for us is truly amazing and will help us to do so much with all the families we support.”