Family of teenager who died from a brain tumour recruit the biggest Tough Mudder team in the history of the event

The friends and family of a teenager from North Wales, who tragically died from a brain tumour in January, recruited the biggest Tough Mudder North West team in the history of the event to fundraise in his memory.  

Over 100 people took part in the challenge on 12 September in memory of Sam Faux, who was 18 when he died.  

The money raised by ‘Team Sam Faux’ will go to CLIC Sargent, the children and young people’s cancer charity that supported Sam and his family throughout treatment, and Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, where he received treatment.

In October 2014, after two years of treatment, Sam’s prognosis looked positive. But sadly he became increasingly poorly over the Christmas and New Year period. 

Just days after posting on his Twitter account in January that he planned to tackle the Tough Mudder in 2015, he found out that his cancer was terminal, and was given just weeks to live. Sam passed away on 11 January in his home, surrounded by his loving family.

The previous record for the biggest team in the North West was 92. Ben and the rest of ‘Team Sam Faux’ aimed to recruit as many people as they could in the run up to the event, in a bid to raise the most money possible for the two charities which helped Sam so much. 

They faced an intensely challenging 12 mile assault course over mud, freezing water, electrical wires and monkey bars. 

The sporting tribute to Sam was led by his brother Ben Coverley, who said of his little brother: “Since the day Sam was diagnosed, he has been an inspiration to us all. He wasn’t one to wallow in self-pity, he was always positive. This was amazing to be around. He didn’t want to be treated differently all the way through his operations and a cause of radiotherapy.

“He got on with his life in the way he always did, socialising with his friends and living his life to the full. Sam was a very loving person, and would like nothing more than pleasing all his huge family.

“If Sam could see the amount of people who have signed up for Tough Mudder and the amount of people who have pledged themselves to the cause, he would be amazed and delighted!”

The team smashed its target of raising £1,000 for CLIC Sargent and Alder Hey Hospital in just five days, and has now reached over £8,000.

Ben commented: “Alder Hey and CLIC Sargent did so much for Sam, who had been poorly off and on for two years.  Our family is blown away by the support from all of Sam’s friends for this event so far - it would be such a fitting tribute to my courageous, determined little brother if we are able to raise even more for these wonderful charities.”

Rachel Driver, Social Worker at CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer support charity for children and young people with cancer said: “I supported Sam and his family for two years and I was so sad to lose him, we were all very fond of him.

“He was a real character, very independent and he had a great sense of humour.  Sam didn’t like to talk about his feelings that much but he knew I was always there to help him with the practical stuff, like help with his finances and learning to drive.

“When he got the awful news after Christmas that he wasn’t going to get better he called to let me know, and I was really touched by that. 

“The family as a whole has been through a huge amount of heartache, and it’s lovely to see them taking on this challenge in memory of Sam and to raise money to help other young people with cancer.”

Cath Harding, Alder Hey Children’s Charity, said: “On behalf of Alder Hey Children’s Charity I would like to thank Ben and everyone in ‘Team Sam Faux’ for all their support.

“Our charity is currently raising funds for Alder Hey’s new hospital which opens later this year. With the help of fundraising donations, we can fund state of the art life-saving medical equipment, arts and play activities and vital research.”

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