An army of mums were put through their paces in September, taking on seven gruelling challenges to raise money for Just a Drop.
The Epsom College Mums raised an impressive £1,730 and saw teams of four working together to complete cadet-style tasks such as a jerry can relay, marching drills and an army-style assault course – all while carrying a bucket of water.
Each team represented a country that benefits from Just a Drop’s work in providing access to clean and accessible water, including Kenya, Uganda, Cambodia, India and Peru.
The event was organised by mums Penny Melville and Line Lundsberg.
Penny said: “On becoming involved with Just a Drop, I was shocked to discover that a child dies every 20 seconds from a water-related disease.
“Through the Cadet Course Challenge I wanted to make the school community aware of the daily difficulties faced by communities around the world and inspire them to raise money to combat water poverty.
“As a mum, this issue hits home hard and we want to do everything we can at Epsom to contribute to bringing clean water to children.”
Just a Drop founder and chair, Fiona Jeffery OBE, is also a mother at Epsom College and was heavily involved in the fundraising event.
Her daughter Lauren, who attends Epsom College, and many of the other students helped to make sure the mums stayed on track.
The event is part of the wider Just a Drop’s Mums Army campaign, whereby ‘Troop Leaders’ organise grassroots fundraising events across the country to help the water aid charity meet its ambitious target to raise £250,000 before Mother’s Day 2016 next March.