Claire Taylor, Jigsaw’s HR Manager, joined 100 family members and friends to tackle the country’s first Warrior Assault course on Saturday 9 June and raise over £5,000 for Forever Stars’ proposed Remembrance Garden in Nottingham. With courses for adults and children, Warrior Assault is an outdoor obstacle race for the whole family which, according to the organisers, is “survival of the funnest”. Jigsaw also supported the group’s fund-raising efforts by donating a corporate day at a recent Leicester Tigers rugby game with donations collected on the day added to the sum raised by the group.
The group raising money for Forever Stars was led by the Barnett and Hoskisson families who suffered the dual loss of Harrison Barnett and Eadie Hoskisson, son and niece to Daniel and Laura Barnett respectively. Harrison was stillborn in 2016. Eadie, daughter of Stephen and Carina Hoskisson, died at only three months old in 2015. It was later discovered that Eadie had the rare heart condition Endocardial fibroelastosis.
Forever Stars was set up by Michelle and Richard Daniels, whose baby daughter Emily was stillborn in 2013. Michelle and Richard wanted to raise money in memory of their daughter to help build and equip bereavement suites, facilities and support materials for families in and around the East Midlands. They have already funded and built suites at the QMC and City hospitals in Nottingham and how want to create the Remembrance Garden in the city’s Highfields Park.
This was the first Warrior Assault race of its kind held at Holme Pierrepoint, home of the National Water Sports Centre, near Nottingham. The day was rounded off by an event for the group at Long Eaton Rugby Club, who offered their facilities for free.
Claire Taylor said: “We all wanted to do something really special to help make the wonderful idea of the Remembrance Garden a reality. It really captured the imagination of our family and friends and we had almost 100 people taking part. It was really challenging but great fun. Thanks to the efforts on the day and the support from Jigsaw and the rugby club we have already raised over £5000.”
Anyone who would like to make their own donations can visit the Just Giving Page at http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/laura-barnett11