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14 Oct 2019 Community

Taking on the Tough Mudder challenge in memory of Marc Collinson

Adam Modelski, of Huddersfield, recently took on the famous Tough Mudder challenge in memory of his friend, Marc Collinson.

On Sunday 28th July Adam Modelski took on the famous Tough Mudder obstacle course to raise vital funds for Kirkwood Hospice after his friend Marc was cared for on the In-Patient Unit at the end of his life.

Adam and Marc met many years ago and despite not being in touch for many years, Adam reached out to Marc’s dad, James Collinson, to raise money in memory of his good friend.

Marc, aged only 46, died in October 2018 at Kirkwood, having spent six days being cared for on the In-Patient Unit.

Adam said: “I hadn’t seen Marc for 25 years, we’d lost touch. Doing this challenge was closure for me as I wanted to do something in his memory as I wasn’t there in his last days.

“I was trying to think of different events I could do and Tough Mudder just became the one. It was a great way of raising money in Marc’s memory and I have done similar activities before.

Adam passing Marc's dad, James, the Tough Mudder T-shirt


“I was constantly training! I regularly go to the gym but I started training on strength rather than running, which is what I normally would do.”

When discussing the challenge, Adam added: “I loved it! It’s a massive adrenaline rush and there were a few obstacles that I thought were a bit out of my comfort zone. I fell off a few but I went on every single obstacle and I just pushed on right until the end.

“I’m glad I was able to do it and I’m really pleased with the money that was raised. The target was only £500 but there were so many donations from family and friends that we reached well over £1,000.

“I’m really glad I was able to do this in memory of him.”

Adam’s challenge raised a staggering £1,042 for Kirkwood, which supports anyone affected by a life limiting illness, every step of the way.

Adam was joined by many of Marc’s family at Kirkwood’s Coffee Morning this September for a cheque presentation with Community Fundraiser, Joanna Doherty.

Marc’s mum, Janet Wade, Marc’s dad, James Collinson and James’ wife Nancy Collinson, along with Marc’s Grandma Dennis and Marc’s ex-wife Julie Collinson were amongst the family members.

Adam, Marc's family and friend Stuart with Kirkwood's Joanna Doherty


When talking about Adam’s fundraiser and Marc’s time at Kirkwood, James said: “It will remain in our hearts forever. It felt like Kirkwood had wrapped around us, providing comfort and support at such a difficult time.

“The staff were so nice, he was well looked after and in the best place possible. We had every confidence in Kirkwood.”

Janet added: “Marc said it was like coming to a hotel. Knowing he was so comfortable made it easier for us.”

Many years ago, Marc had previously taken part in a bungee jump for Kirkwood. His brother Martin Collinson, who was unable to attend the cheque presentation, had also taken part in fundraisers for Kirkwood at his school, Salendine Nook High School.

Community Fundraiser Joanna Doherty was delighted to welcome Marc’s family and friends to Kirkwood.

Joanna said: “Adam was very determined to raise as much money as he could for Kirkwood and we are blown away that his efforts have raised over £1000 for Kirkwood. It was also an absolute pleasure to meet Adam in person, along with some of Marc’s close family at our last Community Coffee Morning and I’m looking forward to seeing them again in the future.”

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