The heat was on for fire systems specialist

Southern Fire Alarms staff took part in the 5k obstacle course at the Gauntlet Games
Southern Fire Alarms staff took part in the 5k obstacle course at the Gauntlet Games

A team from Bognor-based company Southern Fire Alarms battled mud, torrential rain and gladiators in the name of charity.

Staff took part in the 5k obstacle course at the Gauntlet Games, held at The Matterley Bowl, near Winchester, in aid of Naomi House and Jacksplace.

Service co-ordinator Cathy Gordon said: “Although I am not an athlete, I found taking part very gratifying knowing we were supporting such an amazing charity as Naomi House and Jacksplace.

“It was a great opportunity to take part in such a fun team event and I wouldn’t have got round the course without the support and encouragement of my colleagues.”

The team had an amazing day, full of fun and laughter, all for a great cause, which is the company’s charity for the year. Staff went full steam at all the obstacles, including monkey bars, slippery wooden see-saws and soapy-covered slides, and raised nearly £1,200.

Sarah Hudson, area fundraiser at Naomi House, said: “The team from Southern Fire Alarms are embracing their charity year for Naomi House and Jacksplace and we were delighted to welcome them to this event.

“It was great fun, albeit muddy and wet in places, but that was definitely part of the fun. To date, the company have raised over £2,000 for us which is tremendous.”

Established for more than 17 years, Southern Fire Alarms works across the south, delivering bespoke systems, solutions and ongoing maintenance through experienced guidance, advice and specialist engineering skills.

Nearly 900 people took part in the event on Saturday, May 13, and raised more than £40,000 by completing either a 5k or 10k obstacle course.

Naomi House and Jacksplace, is a hospice in Winchester which provides expert care to more than 320 life-limited and life-threatened children, young people and their extended families across seven counties in central southern England.