A HEALTHCARE assistant from Christchurch has raised over £600 for the Alzheimer’s Society by completing a gruelling Tough Mudder Challenge.

Conner Frecknall, from Care South’s Queensmead care home at Bronte Avenue, took part in the event in West Sussex at the end of September.

He completed the mud-drenched five-mile course with 13 obstacles in an impressive time of two hours.

Passionate about dementia care, Conner is a Dementia Friend and Dignity Champion with the Alzheimer’s Society and said he delighted to raise so much money for a cause close to his heart.

“The Tough Mudder was very hard but I loved every minute of it, although I’m now covered in bruises,” he said.

“I wanted to raise as much money as I could for the Alzheimer’s Society to help people and their families affected by dementia and to fund research into a much-needed cure.

"I’m already looking into my next challenge.”

As its name suggests, Tough Mudder sees participants swamped in mud from obstacles such as the Block Ness Monster, Kiss of Mud and Mud Mile.

Emma Cotton, home manager at Queensmead care home, said: “We are all so proud of Conner. The residents and staff here at Queensmead were supporting him every step of the way and everyone at the home loved hearing about his Tough Mudder Exploits.

“Conner has a real interest in dementia, he is always looking at resources to help to further his learning and knowledge of the condition, which in turn helps our residents and colleagues here at Queensmead.”