Workers at a Sheffield engineering company are prepared to get down and dirty…

But it’s all in the name of charity.

MD Greg Majchrzak and 14 employees at family-run firm Tufcot Engineering in Darnall will be swapping their factory floor on Coleford Road for mud, glorious mud.

They have signed up to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice’s first Mud Madness event.

Come March 30 all 15, plus seven friends and family, will be wading through mires of mud at Hesley Wood Scout Camp, Chapeltown, to raise funds for the hospice, which cares for children across South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. Other employees will be stewarding the event.

Tufcot Engineering has chosen Bluebell Wood as its 2019 charity having supported local organisations for the last five years.

Founded in 1981, the employer of 40, manufactures Tufcot®, a specialised composite material which is exported around the world to sectors including marine, automotive and railway industries.

In addition to the mud run, Tufcot’s fundraisers include Egg Greg at Easter, a chance to pelt the boss with fresh eggs. Teams will also be taking part in the hospice’s Bubble Rush at the end of May and its Dragon Boat Race on July 13 at Manvers Lake, Wath, and worker Carl Scott is joining the hospice’s Sunrise on Snowden trek in June.

The company is also giving its 40 workers a day’s paid leave this year to work as volunteers at the hospice.

“I initiated charity fundraising when I joined the business founded by my dad and grandad,” explained former primary teacher Katy Thorne, who now works alongside her brother Greg and sister Chrissie Chadbourne, as Pre-production Co-ordinator. “Doing something together to help other people in our community motivates us all,” said Katy, who has even got the next generation of the Tufcot family involved. Her daughters of 10 and 6 are planning their own fundraisers for the children’s hospice.

Bluebell Wood hope hundreds will be signing up sponsors and tackling the muddy obstacle course and is urging businesses in Rotherham to follow Tufcot’s lead and sign up their workers.

Entrants can opt for a three-kilometre Family Mud Madness course (suitable for those over the age of 11), or the more challenging five-kilometre course for the over-17s.

Helen Mower, Head of Fundraising, Bluebell Wood, said: “We are very grateful to the team at Tufcot Engineering for choosing us as their charity of the year and look forward to meeting them at Mud Madness – though we may not recognise them by the end!

“Many of our supporters have already signed up and we are urging businesses to join in too. It’s a great way to let off steam and build up comradeship while supporting our cause.”

Entry fees are £17.50 for 11-16 year olds and £30 for over 17s. To book your place on Mud Madness please visit: www.myraceentries.co.uk/mudmadness/EntryForm.aspx