On Saturday (4 August 2018), two groups of West Cumbrians forming teams Kapow & Co. and The Aubergines came together in memory of their friend and colleague Keith Powe, whom they lost to suicide in August last year, to take on Total Warrior to raise awareness for Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) Cumbria. The Total Warrior event is described as the ‘pinnacle of obstacle racing’; the course consisted of 25 punishing obstacles spread across the muddy, rugged terrain of the Lake District.
Each year, more than 6,000 people take their own lives across the UK: SOBS is a national charity which works to provide emotional support to those who have been left behind. SOBS Cumbria support groups meet once a month, with groups in North, South and West Cumbria. SOBS Cumbria also has a local 24/7 helpline and a closed Facebook group.
Alongside team Kapow & Co., Keith’s work colleagues, forming The Aubergines – named after Keith’s favourite colour, purple – found the Total Warrior challenge to be difficult, but enjoyable.
“It was a great day from start to finish. Physically, it was the hardest thing we’ve ever done. But we all stuck together and got through it,” Tom, a member of team Kapow & Co. recalled. At the end of the intense course, the teams celebrated with a beer – “it was the best beer we’ve ever had!” Tom said.
Team Kapow & Co. are proud of the funds the teams have raised. “We’re absolutely over the moon and really overwhelmed. We’re really proud that we’ve spread the word about SOBS. Suicide affects so many people from so many different walks of life and people nation-wide are now more aware of the support that’s available”. Through choosing to fundraise for SOBS Cumbria, they hope that more help and support can be offered to others who have been left behind by a loved one.
Following this year’s amazing support, Tom and the team hope to contend in next year’s 10-mile Total Warrior course.
Support the teams
The teams have raised over £3,000 so far and, although the challenge is over, donations are still welcome. You can show your support for the teams by making a contribution to their JustGiving Page. Alternatively, you can visit SOBS Cumbria’s BT MyDonate donation page or choose a different method of donation.
Support for those bereaved by suicide
If you are struggling with the death of someone who has taken their own life and need someone to listen to your experience and offer you support, please do get in touch. You can call the SOBS Cumbria 24/7 helpline on 07572 975 721 (John) or 07896 703 757 (Karan). You can also email us at email@example.com, or you can visit us on Facebook and Twitter at @SOBSCumbria.