Thrills and spills in charity ‘It’s a Knockout’ challenge

Balancing act: Macreena Bailey-Wood tries not to spill any of the water perched on her head
Balancing act: Macreena Bailey-Wood tries not to spill any of the water perched on her head

TEAMS ran, jumped, dived and battled their way through a giant obstacle course -– all in the name of charity.

A “It’s a Knockout” day was held at Halifax Rugby Club, Ovenden Fields, to raise money for Help 4 Heroes.

The day was organised by 42 year-old fund-raiser Julie Phillips, who works at Salterlee School. Relentless Julie has just returned from climbing Everest and in two months will walk 100km for Oxfam.

The inflatable course was battled by 15 teams of 10 players.

They included Bankfield Fisheries, Asda, Halifax Karate club, Hair Rehab, Collette’s transport and the “Misfits” team from the Halifax branch of Poundland. First Buses put together two teams from their Halifax and their Huddersfield depot raising more than £2,000 in sponsorship.

The support from Salterlee School continued, with four teams including one made up of the governors.

Helen McKinnock from “The Guvnors” said neither the weather or their position near the bottom of the league table had put them off. “We gave it our all. It’s really good fun and even though it can be quite scary, the adrenaline got us through,” she said.

Julie has already raised £1,500 but hopes the day will add plenty to her total. “I’m just so pleased everybody came out. There’s been lots of support and I’m so grateful,” she said.