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‘Henfield Hunks and Honeys’ face “Hell Down South” for pancreatic cancer research

‘Henfield Hunks and Honeys’ face “Hell Down South” for pancreatic cancer research

13 November 2012

A fundraising foursome from Henfield has faced “Hell Down South” to raise over £1,000 for PCRF.

Teaching assistant Sophie Bloxsome, 24, encouraged the team to support Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month by taking part in the ‘Hell Down South’ challenge in Petersfield on 10 November. Facing the challenge with Sophie were her fiancée Sam Eastman and friends Alison Bull and Ben Menday. The event is known as one of the toughest trail-running events in the country.

The ‘Henfield Hunks and Honeys’ ran in memory of Bob Prodger, the husband of Sophie’s close friend, Rita Prodger.

Said Sophie: “Rita has always been like a mum to me and to see her lose Bob to this terrible disease just seven months after he was diagnosed was really shocking.  When I found out that pancreatic cancer has a 97% mortality rate, we decided we wanted to help raise money for more research and start to save more lives.”

Of the ‘Hell Down South’ challenge, she said: “Sam and Ben had both completed the course last year and keep telling me how tough it was, so I was a bit nervous. We all trained really hard, running up and down steep hills and through boggy fields to build stamina for the obstacles – one of which was aptly called the ‘Bog of Doom’!”

“I was completely determined to finish no matter what, because I knew that however hard it was, it couldn’t be anything like what Rita’s been through recently,” she says. 

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