The Tough Mudder

I am Jay Hogg and on Sunday 4th June I ran the 10k Tough Mudder challenge alongside my good friend, Stuart Allan.

The Tough Mudder is an endurance test, from being plunged into a pit of ice water, to scaling a forty-foot-high mountain of net and rope, to an assault on the senses as you crawl through a tearful blend of tear gas – the organisers affectionally refer to that one as the ‘Cry Baby’.

I first learned of Penumbra last year when I was referred to their self-harm support service. I have had clinical depression since I was 14 and recurring periods of self-harm and suicidal thoughts – Penumbra helped pull me out of that dark place, overcome these thoughts and live life without a dark cloud hanging over me. Six months later, I’m working in the Dunfermline Supported Living Service, putting my lived experience into practice.

Penumbra helped pull me out of that dark place and live life without a dark cloud hanging over me. 

Working for Penumbra has been life changing. My team and the wider company have welcomed me warmly and have provided me with the tools I need to thrive in my life and career.

I have experienced first-hand the work we do, both as someone accessing support and now as a Mental Health and Wellbeing Worker. If you are thinking about fundraising, dive straight in. It doesn’t matter what it is you’re doing; every penny helps and simply getting the word out is enormously beneficial to our work across the country.

I was pretty nervous for the Tough Mudder, but I’m proud to say we raised nearly £500.

Huge thanks to Jay for sharing your story with us! 

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