The ESP team has chosen Epilepsy Research UK as its nominated charity this year, following the tragic death of Kirsty Walker – the daughter of a former ESP colleague. We like to support a great charity each year, and help it to raise money and awareness by encouraging donations and holding fundraising events. This typically involves one big event or challenge (last year, the ESP team took on the Three Peaks Challenge) and, this year, we decided to get horribly wet and muddy by doing the Tough Mudder challenge in aid of the charity.
Raising money for Epilepsy Research UK
On Christmas Eve 2015, Kirsty Walker died from an epileptic seizure while she was pregnant with unborn twin girls – just eight weeks before she was due to give birth. Her tragic death highlights the need for more research into the impact of epilepsy medication and seizures on pregnant women and their developing babies. The majority of women with epilepsy are perfectly able to carry babies, and give birth without complication, but the team at Epilepsy Research UK is constantly working to identify exactly what could go wrong in pregnancy.
Developed by the British Special Forces, Tough Mudder is a 10–12-mile obstacle race designed to make you work as a team and combat gruelling physical challenges – such as running through electrical wires, scaling huge walls and diving into freezing pools filled with ice cubes. ESP’s two teams, which were led by directors Mike Harling and Darren Richardson, got stuck in and completed the course in good time, raising an exceptional £5,700 for Epilepsy Research UK. We were delighted with this outcome, which exceeded our target of £5,000.