This year the ladies of Ford at Dunton again formed the “ForDivas” team to enter the Pretty Muddy 5km obstacle race on Saturday 27th June in Gloucester Park, Basildon, as well as crossing the finishing line at this year’s Race for Life in the same park to raise much-needed funds for Cancer Research UK.
Before June's event, the ForDivas had raised £26,000 in previous years' races. The ForDivas also joined male colleagues in the ForDudes team for a marathon walk through London in September.
Nicola Gregory, a project specialist at Dunton, said: “We’ve been doing this for eight years now. Cancer is just something we are all pretty affected by and we thought, why not get a team together and do something like this together?”
"My uncle died nearly four years ago from cancer. He was 48. I thought, what can we do about this? I saw all the events being advertised at work and thought I would get involved."
"It’s a shared experience and it’s good to talk to people about and share your grief and what’s happened. People here are a great support. When you think you’re going through it alone, it reminds you cancer affects so many people. We’re united as a family when we do these events and it was a way of me dealing with it.”
Fellow ForDivas organiser Joanne Barton, a buyer at Dunton, is always keen to get as many colleagues took support as possible.
She said: “We’re a diverse company, so we have to have the men involved, too. The ForDudes come and volunteer. Without them, events, such as the Race for Life wouldn’t run. They depend on people volunteering and it’s a good way of getting the men involved, too.”
"We are very much a team. Some people have been training for it and are super-fit, while there are others just taking their time, but it doesn’t matter. We all finish together and we all face the obstacles together."
Essex Ford supported ForDivas with specially designed T-shirts and provided assistance with their social media so that their cause can reach as many generous supporters as possible.