A fitness instructor from Acton is going head-to-head with a 12-mile obstacle course to raise money for the Befriending Scheme.
On May 3, Steven Boast will face arctic water, bolts of electricity and 10ft high obstacles when he takes on Tough Mudder – a gruelling obstacle course set to test physical strength as well as mental determination.
The 21-year-old has chosen the challenge after being inspired by the work of his sister Laura, who volunteers for the Befriending Scheme in Sudbury.
“What I like about this charity is the focus isn’t on saving life, the focus is on living life,” he said.
“Disabled people have, in the past, been hidden away and what they can do has been restricted.”
The scheme provides friendship and learning opportunities for adults from vulnerable groups, with services such as the community advice hub, social events and skills workshops.
“Being connected with the charity through my sister’s volunteering, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing someone enjoying the simple freedoms of life and I think any charity that provides this should be celebrated and commended,” he added.
To donate to Steven’s fundraising, go to www.justgiving.com/tough-mudder-steven-befriendingscheme.