A group of specialist neonatal medics from The Great Western Hospital, Swindon, along with other long-time supporters of New Life took on the gruelling 24k challenge used by the SAS in their selection. The Fan Dance is a 16-mile hike up Pen y Fan, the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons and is renowned for its tough terrain and demanding conditions.
The Fan Dance is used as part of the Special Forces selection process to see if those wanting to be part of the British Army’s elite force have the physical and mental stamina required.
The group of 16 were led by a number of ex-Special Forces veterans, one, Chris Marlow, from Newbury. The veteran were there not just to help the participants complete the course, but also to give support and guidance and boost their morale. 'It is a very tough challenge', said Chris. 'It is not a walk in the park. The participants did really well. They kept positive, focused on what they had to do and everyone managed to complete the course. The fastest team came in in 3 hours 38 minutes - a fantastic achievement. Well done to everyone who took part. See you next year!'
The total raised by the end of the challenge was £1750.00 which will be used to buy more specialist equipment for neonatal units.
Thank you to everyone who took part and well done again!