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Serious purpose behind fun challenge

Players in the Gauntlet Games had a serious purpose as they enjoyed the fun of the challenges.

They were raising money for family support charity Home-Start CHAMS, which serves Horsham and other areas.

Participants fought with Gladiators along the 5km course, as well as bouncing and sliding their way through all kinds of crazy obstacles.Home-Start had a team taking part in the hilarious challenge, to help raise much needed funds for its work. Leia Austin and friends decided to get involved and Leia said: “It looked like such a fun challenge.It was a personal goal for me to complete it and all our team wanted to raise money for Home-Start, to help support local children.”

The charity reaches hundreds of local children each year through their support of families struggling with issues such as isolation, neglect, illness, bereavement and disability. They work throughout Crawley, Horsham and Mid-Sussex, where in the last year they supported 436 children in 175 families.Home-Start volunteers were also helping out at the Games, taking on a range of different roles,including being Gladiators for the day.

Aneliese Whittaker, Event and Community Fund Raiser, said of the event at Handcross, near Horsham: “The day was great, all of our runners and volunteers enjoyed themselves and really loved the fun factor of the event. Our volunteers were amazing – from helping people slide down the ‘Flume of doom’ to handing out finishing medals, they thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.” Thanks to the fundraising effort of Leia and her team, as well as donations made by people who came along to the Games, Home-Start was pleased to announce that a total of just over £1,500 has been raised so far.

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