Falkirk folk enjoy foamy fun day and coin in the cash

Energetic teams from Falkirk joined others from across the Forth Valley to compete in a fun It’s a Knockout challenge at the weekend.

The event, which was held in Stirling’s Kings Park on Sunday, invited fearless folk to test their skills around wet and soapy obstacles, all to raise money for Strathcarron Hospice.

The fun event boosted hospice funds

The fun event boosted hospice funds

Now in its fifth year, It’s a Knockout has raised thousands of pounds for the palliative care unit in Denny, raising £16,000 last year alone.

And thanks to the efforts of the teams and the volunteers, the hospice hopes that Sunday’s successful event will bring in the same amount of much-needed funds.

Jim Brown, fundraiser at the hospice said: “It was a fantastic day, and the weather was great too.

“We usually hold the event at the police college in Tulliallan but this year we thought we’d hold it somewhere a bit more public to get more passing trade and raise awareness.

“It turned out to be a great event and we made around £2500 just selling cakes, teas and coffee.

“We don’t know yet how much has been raised overall as we’re waiting on the sponsorship money coming in, but everyone had a great time.”

Among the teams representing Falkirk this year were the Manipulative Ladies, Midazo-Lambs, a team of eight physiotherapists from Forth Valley Royal Hospital, the X-Rayers from the X-Ray department at the hospital and a team from the new Hobbycraft shop at Central Retail Park.

Jim added: “We had 24 teams competing in all and they started out a bit fearful, but as soon as they get wet and get into it, they just get on with it and have a laugh.

“By the time they are all soaked they don’t care and just enjoy it.”

Strathcarron Hospice work with a professional team who use the ‘It’s a Knockout’ equipment made popular by the BBC programme in the 70s.

Using giant inflatables, slip and slides, obstacles, challenges and bags full of foam, the teams taking part tested their strength, nerves and stamina to the limits.

And although the Falkirk teams didn’t pick up first prize, everyone was a winner on Sunday by doing their bit to raise money for Strathcarron.

The hospice is now looking forward to holding the event again at around the same time next year.

Jim added: “I’d like to say thank you to the teams for taking part and to all their supporters who came along on the day.”