Dental Practice manager Stacey Collins is set to push her endurance to the limit when she takes on an extreme physical challenge for charity in memory of a former patient this weekend.
The 32 year old aims to complete the gruelling Tough Mudder event at Cholmondley Castle in Cheshire on Sunday (Sept 14) in tribute to lung cancer sufferer Nick Pope, who was inspirational in his positive approach to dealing with the disease.
Stacey, a mother of two from Oxton, is hoping the size month of bootcamp style training she has undertaken will equip her to tackle the 12 mile course of 24 obstacles designed by the UK's Special Forces.
Crawling through mud and ice, and dodging live electric cables and fire are just some of the extreme challenges she will have to tackle to realise her dream of raising £1000 for the Roy Castle Lung Foundation.
Nick died in February, aged 59, after a courageous battle against the disease. He not only raise more than £19,000 for the Roy Castle charity, but also raised awareness of the disease, by appearing in a series of television documentaries.
The charity presented him with the "Most Inspirational Person of the Year" national award last year to mark his achievements.
Nick, who was born in West Kirby, was a popular patient at Moreton Dental Care where he was a regular visitor, and before he died Stacey promised to raise money for his favourite charity by entering the Tough Mudder event.
Said Stacey: "Nick was such a lovely friendly man with a great sense of humour. He was always full of fun and good cheer even when he was very ill."
"I am delighted to be doing something to support his favourite charity, although the event itself is going to be a real personal challenge for me."
Nick's widow Sue, who will be supporting Stacey at the Tough Mudder event on Sunday, is continuing to fundraise for the foundation with her family.
They are holding a charity dinner at Wallasey Golf Club on Friday, September 19. Nick, a keen golfer, was a member at Wallasey for many years and was awarded the much-coveted Bobby Jones green jacket by the club in 2012 for being a player of "special merit".