Taunton based amateur athlete, Chris Mobbs, completed a gruelling full-length relay triathlon with his two sons at Hever Castle in Kent yesterday (Sunday 27th September). The family took part in order to raise money for Carers UK.

The eager trio set about raising money for the charity during the tough one-day event, which saw Chris swim 1,500 metres and his two son’s cycle 40km and run 10km respectively. In total, they raised over £1,800 for Carers UK, which was generously donated by friends and family.

Award-winning housebuilder, Crest Nicholson who built Chris’s home at Firepool Lock also donated to the cause, sponsoring Chris and his sons as they took on this gruelling challenge.

Chris Mobbs, who lives in Firepool Lock, Taunton said: “My sons and I compete in a triathlon every year to raise money for a charity that’s dear to us. This year we chose Carers UK because they’ve supported one of our close friends this year. As a result, we’ve had first-hand experience of the fantastic work they do in supporting carers in the UK and wanted to give something back.

“I’m delighted with how the triathlon went. There was a fantastic team spirit on the day; not just between ourselves but with everyone taking part. We’re all really pleased with the amount we raised and delighted that it’s going to such a fantastic cause. I would also like to thank Crest Nicholson - the riverside location of my home has been perfect for training and they made a generous donation which really helped to boost our fundraising efforts.”

Carers UK provides help for the 6.5 million people in the UK who care for a loved one who is seriously ill, older or disabled. Although looking after someone can be a rewarding experience, it can also be lonely and bewildering. Carers UK offers information and advice and support and brings carers together to share experiences. For more information on the fantastic work they do, go to https://www.carersuk.org/ or to donate, go to https://www.justgiving.com/takingcareofbusiness3/.