Inspirational mum is taking on Bluebell Wood’s Mud Madness race in memory of her daughter

An inspirational mum is taking on Bluebell Wood’s Mud Madness race for the second year in a row in memory of her daughter who died days before her tenth birthday.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 3:14 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 10:39 am
Dawn and her group ahead of the 2019 Mud Madness
Dawn and her group ahead of the 2019 Mud Madness

The Hesley Wood Scout Camp event in Sheffield is back by popular demand after the mum joined hundreds of intrepid souls to clamber over an obstacle course and wade through knee-deep mud last year.

Dawn Cusworth, whose family spent time at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice after her daughter Mia died in 2018, has made it her mission to help the hospice, raising an incredible £19,000 so far.

The dedicated mum has already roped in 25 friends and family members to get muddy in this year’s event, including teachers from Mia’s school, Hoyland Common Primary.

Dawn, 46, from Birdwell, said: “There was a group of 15 of us who did Mud Madness last year and it was so much fun.

“We enjoyed it so much that as soon as we’d finished we immediately decided to do it again the following year.”

After completing last year’s event in pink shorts, the group have decided to go a step further this year.

Dawn said: “This time we’re going to do it in tutus and tiaras so you won’t be able to miss us.

“We’re very much looking forward to it and I’m hoping to get some more people on board.

“For us it’s about starting as a group and finishing as a group. It’s not a race for us, it’s about having lots of fun, crossing the finish line together and raising as much as possible for Bluebell Wood.”

Dawn began fundraising for Bluebell Wood after her previously healthy daughter Mia died within eight days of being diagnosed with a rare condition called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis.

Dawn, who has two other children, Jenna and Kyle, said: “Staying at Bluebell Wood after she passed away was so important for all our family.

“It gave us the chance to come to terms with losing Mia, without having to think about all the big decisions we needed to make straight away.

“The support they offered was priceless, so I just want to raise as much money as I can for this amazing charity.”

Mud Madness comes to Sheffield on Saturday, April 18. For more information go to