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Orpington mother takes on challenging obstacle course to raise funds for autistic son’s school

A mother of two from Orpington has taken on one of the UK’s muddiest obstacle course races in order to raise vital funds for the local Riverside School. Natalie Tuck, whose severely autistic son, James, 12, attends the school, took on the Royal British Legion Major Series in Tunbridge Wells on Saturday 9th April, and has so far raised an incredible £2,040 for the school, which caters to pupils with severe and profound learning difficulties.

  • Natalie, 47, took on the 5km event at Eridge Park with her friend Samantha, which saw the pair battling muddy bogs, haybale chambers and barbed wire crawls to cross the finish line
  • Natalie had been attending British Military Fitness (BMF) sessions in Norman Park, Bromley for 3 months, and had been looking for a new challenge and a way to raise money for the Riverside School Fund when she found out about the Royal British Legion Major Series and decided to take part
  • To find out more about the Royal British Legion Major Series and to register your interest for the next race in October, go to
  • To donate to Natalie’s cause go to


Natalie commented:

My son James has severe autism and is non-verbal, and his condition and challenging behaviour has had a huge impact on family life. The Riverside School has been fantastic in providing James with an education to support his needs, and I thought it only right that I gave something back. The school is currently looking to replace a pathway on its nature trail, which provides the pupils with an opportunity to learn outside of the classroom without the need for transport. It is my hope that the funds I have managed to raise so far will allow this to become a possibility.

The Royal British Legion Major Series was a fantastic event, and it was great to receive so much support and encouragement. The obstacles were a challenge and it was really muddy but I crossed the finish line with a big smile on my face and was so proud to have completed the course and to have raised so much money for a fantastic cause.


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