Charity champions urged to sign up to 10km challenge

Charity champions urged to sign up to 10km challenge

A national charity that supports families with children in hospital is asking people with a passion for the outdoors to sign up for its annual 10km obstacle course in May – the Whole Hog Challenge.

From scrambling up steep hills to wading through muddy waters, the route features a range of tricky obstacles and is a must for anyone with a sense of adventure.   

This will be the fifth year that Ronald McDonald House Charities – an independent charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families who have children being treated at specialist hospitals across the UK – has run the Whole Hog Challenge and it promises that this year will be bigger, better and muddier than ever before.  

There are two challenges this year, offering a choice of date and venue – one in the North and one in the South. The Whole Hog North will take place on Sunday 8 May in Walesby Forest in Nottinghamshire. The Whole Hog South will take place the following weekend on Sunday 15 May in Hambleden Estates in Oxfordshire.

Participants can compete in either event on their own or as a team. Teams of all sizes and abilities are welcome.

Registration for each event is £25 per person plus a minimum sponsorship of £100. All money raised from the events will go towards the Charity, which relies on fundraising to run its much-needed services. Last year, it managed to look after over 7,000 families at its 14 Houses across the UK.

An added extra this year for those with a competitive streak is the chance for the first team across the finish line to be crowned the Ultimate Whole Hoggers and presented with a trophy. To be in with a chance of winning, participants must register as a group of four and start and finish the event as a team.

To sign up for either of the events or for more information please visit

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For further information please contact:

Francesca Seabourne, Third Sector PR

T. 020 7922 7720  M. 07944 190 674             E. 


Notes to editors

1. Ronald McDonald House Charities is an independent charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK. The Charity enables seriously ill children to have their families close by when they are undergoing treatment and allows them to maintain a degree of normal family life.

There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2015, they helped support over 7,000 families with children in hospital.

Ronald McDonald House Charities relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work. 

The Charity was founded in 1989 and has been keeping families together for more than 25 years. 

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