University of Birmingham colleagues Emily Nash, Claire Palmer, Bec Vowles, Heather Owen and Jo Lafferty all successfully completed the Gung-Ho event on a very cold, early May day. This included 'undignified and ungracefully' running and jumping on and around the 5K inflatable obstacle course in Birmingham!
Heather says: "Despite the cold and rain, the Gung Ho Challenge was a great opportunity to get together outside of work and have a good laugh. More importantly, it allowed us to raise money for inspirational research that is changing the lives of individuals and couples suffering from miscarriage." The team broke their fundraising target and managed to raise a very admirable £517.15 for miscarriage research at the University of Birmingham.
Some of the team have friends who have been devastated by miscarriage and hope that their fundraising will help research to better prevent multiple miscarriages and improve care and support for couples going through incredibly though times.
Acknowledging the project's importance, Heather adds: "To date, miscarriage is considered a sensitive issue and receives little public attention or discussion, leaving many who are affected feeling helpless or alone.
"Birmingham’s unique and holistic research into miscarriage, through a range of projects from bespoke counselling services to developing new medical tests to better predict the possibility of miscarriage, aims to address this helplessness and give individuals and couples hope."
As you can see, the cause is a greatly deserving one and researchers hugely appreciate all the hard work that went into this fundraising.