A teaching assistant from Barnsley has just donated the £200 she raised with a grueling assault course to The Donkey Sanctuary, a charity close to her heart.
Gemma Thickett completed the Tough Mudder Yorkshire in Skipton on 2 August 2014. And last week she visited The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds to drop off the money she raised and to have a cuddle with some of the donkeys she adores.
The 10-mile epic challenge, which included a 9ft sheer wall and an “electric eel” crawl was the “hardest thing she has ever done”, but worth it to help donkeys in need.
The 22-year-old said: “My mum and I have always loved donkeys and always wanted to buy our own so I wanted to help keep a loving and caring home for these beautiful animals at The Donkey Sanctuary.”
The donkey enthusiast, who works at Greenacre School in Barnsley, has already signed up for the event again next year, along with a series of challenges in aid of The Donkey Sanctuary.
Gemma only started running last year but has since run the Wakefield Half Marathon and next year will be running The London Marathon.
Kirsty Christmas, Senior Community Fundraising Manager for The Donkey Sanctuary, said she was thrilled to have Gemma’s support.
She said: “It’s fantastic that Gemma has worked so hard with her training to help the donkeys and we are delighted that she seems to have got the running bug! We are looking forward to supporting her in future events, including next year’s Skipton Tough Mudder and The London Marathon. Brave girl!”
If you would like to fundraise for The Donkey Sanctuary the charity would love to hear from you. Please contact the Community Fundraising Team on 01395 578222 or email email@example.com