Inspirational former patient faces takes on KAPOW! to support life-savers at Magpas Air Ambulance

On 17th June Magpas Air Ambulance is bringing KAPOW! to St Ives, near Cambridge. With unique obstacles to bounce over, squeeze through, climb up and slide down, you can get all your friends, family and co-workers involved and raise vital funds for a lifesaving charity in your community. 

Someone who knows the difference Magpas Air Ambulance can make is Papworth based Brandon. Brandon finished his first day at secondary school and as he got off the school bus, he was hit by a second bus, leaving him with life-threatening injuries. Magpas medics flew to Brandon and provided him with vital A&E level care there and then – placing him into a medically induced coma to protect his brain. Brandon has since made an incredible recovery and says, “Magpas Air Ambulance basically handed me back my life. If they hadn’t come that day, I wouldn’t be here right now.” 

Brandon is now 17 and he and his family are taking part in Magpas’ KAPOW!. Superhero Challenge.  Brandon’s mum Kate, explains “We owe Magpas Air Ambulance everything. Brandon is the first of our four boys and Magpas saved his life that day.”

“We’ve put a family team together for KAPOW! as it’s fun and gets the whole family involved and out together. It also gives us an opportunity to give something back to Magpas Air Ambulance – it’s the boys’ way of saying thank you for saving their big brother.” Kate continues, “Something like Brandon’s accident can happen to anyone at any time, no one is exempt. Magpas Air Ambulance are there for everyone 24/7, so we should be there for them when they need us.”

In 2017 Magpas Air Ambulance were called to 834 serious medical emergencies in Cambridgeshire. By taking part in KAPOW! you will help us to save more lives like Brandon’s.

Join us at St Ives (Hunts) Golf Club from 11am. Tickets cost £25 or £15 for children under 16. However, if an inflatable fun run isn’t for you, you can watch your friends and loved ones take on the course while enjoying food and refreshments from the on-site bar and BBQ.

 

BE A HERO FOR THE HOSPICE OF ST. FRANCIS

The Hospice of St Francis is bringing its first ever large-scale event to Berkhamsted and is encouraging everyone to unleash their alter-ego at their brand new KAPOW Superhero Challenge on Sunday 8th July at Ashlyns School. 

The Ultimate Slide is just one of 10 giant inflatable obstacles in the KAPOW! Superhero Challenge

This 5k fun-filled obstacle course, set in the beautiful school grounds, is made up of a range of unique giant inflatables to climb, duck, dodge, slide and run around.  There’s slides, mazes, tunnels and so much more – tackle hurdles and barriers in the ‘Dip n Duck’, keep your balance in the bumpy ‘Alternator’, biff the bouncing bollards to bash your way through the ‘Biff Baff’ and scramble your way through ‘The Mangle’.

Fran Martin, Head of Events at the Hospice, said: “This event is going to be so much fun! It’s time to ditch the office suit, pull on your outfit, transform into your inner superhero. Whether you come as Spiderman, Batman, Captain America or a Power Ranger, fancy dress is a must!”

“KAPOW is perfect for groups, so assemble your very own superhero squad of Wonder Women and Supermen. There are bound to be some going undetected at work, the gym or in your family, so seek them out and all become heroes by supporting St Francis.  Places are limited and expected to sell out quickly so we urge all superheros to sign up now.

Tickets are £25 for an adult and £15 for a child.

You don’t need super powers to take part, however you must be at least 8 years old and 4ft (1.23 metres) tall, and all under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

 For more information and to sign up visit www.stfrancis.org.uk/kapow

BIFF! BASH! BOSH! SUPER NEW FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE COMES TO SHROPSHIRE IN APRIL

Head to your nearest phone box, it’s time to turn into a Superhero for Severn Hospice!

 

Severn Hospice has fired up its bat signal and is calling all caped crusaders, wonder women, supermen and Super Teds to the West Mid Showground for Shropshire’s biggest inflatable obstacle course.

KAPOW! guarantees to be a day of pneumatic nonsense on April 21st, as hundreds of supporters don their best masks, tights and comedy pants to raise funds for the charity.

Severn Hospice Fundraising Manager Lucy Ruff says: “This is such an exciting new event, we’ve been working on it in our Secret Events Cave for a few months, and we are delighted to announce it to the world.

“Budding Superheroes will have to battle their way through huge obstacles, crawl through tunnels and tackle giant slides over the 5km course.  It’s the first time the area’s seen anything like this, and it’s going to be absolutely brilliant!  All we’re asking in return is for people to raise funds for us.”

Lucy adds: “You don’t actually need super powers to take part, just a sense of super fun – and you must be at least 1.2m tall.  We are encouraging people to dress as Superheroes, but if you’d rather keep your identity hidden – and your pants UNDER your clothes – you’re still very welcome!”

The hospice is also looking for volunteer superheroes to help out at the event.

Registration for KAPOW! costs £20 and includes a hospice hero’s medal and a bottle of water.

For more information about the KAPOW!, or to register online, visit www.severnhospice.org.uk. Alternatively, call the fundraising team on 01952 221 351 or email events@severnhospice.org.uk.

Ten Charities call on Superheroes to take on KAPOW! in Leeds

‘Kapow! Superhero Challenge’ comes to Leeds this June

Kapow! Superhero Challenge is a brand new fun-filled obstacle course event taking place on 30th June at Temple Newsam Estate.

You can run jog or walk around a course with 10 giant inflatable obstacles, lots of foam and a few more surprises along the way! Kapow! is the perfect event for families, friends and colleagues to challenge each other. You can take part just for the fun of it or raise money for your favourite charity.

The event is being organised by the type 1 diabetes charity JDRF in collaboration with nine other charities including Martin House Children’s Hospice, Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, Breast Cancer Haven, Brainstrust, Leeds Hospital Children’s Foundation, Candlelighters, RSPCA Leeds & Wakefield Branch, Yorkshire Cancer Centre and Autism East Midlands.

Sadie Munro of JDRF said: ‘Nine local charities have come on board to help make this event happen, so we’re set for a super day that will raise thousands for local causes. We’re encouraging people to dress up as their favourite superhero too, so whether you are an Avenger, X-Men or Justice League fan you’re all are welcome to take part and be heroes!’

Obstacles include a four metre high slide, inflatable tunnels and a maze: You’ll feel like a true hero at the end!

Ellie Barker at Martin House said: ‘This is a really exciting event to be part of. It’s brilliant to be able to collaborate with so many other local causes to make the event really special.’

You can get tickets through your favourite charity or at Register on the JDRF website

Please note: All entrants under 16 must be over 1.2m tall and each group of 6 children must be accompanied by at least two adults. Even heroes need a hand every now and then!

JDRF North on 0113 4576 422 or email smunro@jdrf.org.uk.