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Jan 14, 2016

Ex-Soldier Takes on His Toughest Challenge Yet!


Ex-Artillery soldier Paul Lewis is planning to raise £150,000 in 2016 to help not one, but three charities - by completing FOUR infamously tough obstacle courses, designed to push people to their absolute limit, all in just two months!

Paul served in the British Army for 22 years before being medically discharged. He is now the Regional Director of Forces Recruitment Services (West Midlands). In May and August this year he will be taking on a fundraising challenge, which will see him raising awareness and much needed funds for three charities close to his heart:

  1. Combat Stress - provides mental health support for veterans
  2. Walking With the Wounded - raises funds to retrain and re-skill wounded military personnel
  3. Motivation and Learning Trust - provides training and learning opportunities to enhance the life chances of young people.

Tough Mudder

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Tough Mudder, it is an international assault course designed by the Special Forces with the intention of pushing your fitness levels to the absolute limit.

These hardcore obstacle courses challenge the ‘toughest of the tough’ and consist of everything from crawling under razor wire, scaling inverted fences, reaching the summit of 'Mount Everest' and even Electroshock Therapy!

Paul explains, “I decided 2016 is going to be the year when I will raise as much money as possible for the charities that mean a lot to me and the Tough Mudder challenge seems the obvious way for me to achieve this. It’s set up to challenge you to the utmost limit so I know I’m going to have to dig deep to complete four, particularly as I’m not getting any younger!”

Having completed his first ever Tough Mudder Event in May last year alongside friend and fellow ex-soldier Christopher Grant, at least Paul knows how ‘tough’ each course is going to be!

How You Can Support Paul

To support Paul’s efforts please visit his fundraising page.

You can also follow Paul on his journey via his FRS Tough Mudder Challenge Facebook page and there will be regular updates on Paul’s Twitter @FRSWestMidlands.

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