Teams compete to be Knockout Champions

The It's a knockout competition at Horntye Park. Picture by D&K Photography
The It's a knockout competition at Horntye Park. Picture by D&K Photography

TEAMS battled it out at Horntye Park on Sunday (September 22) as the town held its second It’s a Knockout fundraising event.

A total of 20 teams took part in weird and wacky challenges in the name of charity.

Paramedic Tim Hodgson organised the action-packed fundraiser after last year’s event, held in July, proved very popular, despite bad weather.

This year’s challenge was in aid of the Sara Lee Trust, which provides complementary therapies, counselling and creative therapies to people in Hastings and Rother living through cancer and other serious illness.

Teams had to jump through 50-foot-long inflatables and ‘swim’ through buckets of soapy water on a bouncy castle, as well as participate in other offbeat obstacle courses, in order to battle it out for the title of Knockout Champions.

Eight staff members from Sussex Coast College took part in the challenge. Dressed as cats and dogs, the team came 15th.

Kristine Dale, the college’s learning standards manager for hair and beauty, said: “We had such a fun afternoon, jumping through hoops and skidding through bubbles, all for a good cause too.”

Staff from McPhersons chartered accountants finished in joint eighth position.

Phillip Selby, accounts senior at McPhersons, said: “The day was a great success. Next year, we intend to dress up, get more people involved and really go for it so we will be the ones to watch.”

The winners were The Muppet Show, a team made up of firefighters from Bohemia Road Fire Station. Last year’s winners, a team from 247 Taxis, came fourth.

As well as the challenges there were side stalls, craft stalls, quizzes, wacky races and a treasure hunt to keep families entertained, with many choosing to bring a picnic to enjoy the atmosphere. Activities for children included a bouncy castle, face painting and a fairground ride.

Mr Hodgson said: “The Sara Lee Trust works closely with St Michael’s Hospice and it has been struggling a bit with funds so I decided that this year’s event would be solely for the trust’s benefit. My mum Linda is also vice-chairman of the charity so the trust is close to my heart. It was a fantastic day on Sunday. We had 20 teams taking part with 200 people attending. Thousands of pounds have been raised so far and money is still coming in. It was nearly double the number of teams that took part this year, compared to 2012 and people are already asking when next year’s event is on.”