A GRUELLING obstacle course was completed by the grandson of a former Sandiacre care home resident to raise funds for a commemorative bench.
Conor Ryder wanted to do something in memory of his Nana, Pauline Allen, after she passed away in September last year.
He decided to take on a Tough Mudder to raise funds for a bench and plaque in the garden at Longmoor Lodge Care Home, on Longmoor Lane, where she lived for almost seven years.
The 10-mile long run included obstacles such the “Arctic Enema”, involving plunging into ice cold water, “Electroshock Therapy”, which sees participants run through dangling live wires, and “Funky Monkey”, which gets them to traverse inclining and declining monkey bars.
Conor raised more than £180 from the event, with any spare funds going into the care home’s residents’ fund, which helps towards day trips for those living at the home.
He said: “Not sure what to say about the run other than it was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be.
“Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t think it was going to be easy, but a couple of obstacles I had to grit my teeth and really think about why I entered Tough Mudder in the first place and the reasons behind why I was doing it, which got me through.”
Julie Mulvany, home manager at Longmoor Lodge Care Home, said: “Everyone at Longmoor Lodge wants to say a big well done to Conor.
“He raised a fantastic amount, which has meant we can install a commemorative bench in our garden for Pauline.
“She lived at the home for quite some time and was well loved by all the staff and her fellow residents.
“We’re delighted to have something to remember her by and will think of Pauline fondly every time we use the bench.”