Simon Foulkes, managing director of Rainbow Productions, the UK’s official supplier of licensed children’s characters, completed the St Raphael’s Hospice’s first ever ‘I’m a Director… Get Me Out of Here!’ fundraising challenge which took place last month at the Old Ruts Rugby Club in Wimbledon.

Simon managed to raise £1,400, which will go towards supporting local families living with life-limiting illnesses.

Together with other team red “camp-mates”, Simon went head-to-head against team blue in a series of hilarious and stomach-churning challenges in the “jungle”. The directors took on bushtucker trials to raise funds for the hospice, and each one of them were pushed to their limits dealing with creepy crawlies and unusual food delicacies – including fisheyes, lamb tongues, vomit fruit smoothies and fermented egg-spresso martinis.

Simon Foulkes says: “It was a truly unique experience! I have to admit to being incredibly nervous the night before but the support from the rest of my camp-mates, friends and colleagues from Rainbow made the whole day utterly unforgettable. Collectively, raising just under £19,000 for St Raphael’s Hospice was the greatest achievement and even made slurping down the vomit fruit smoothie worthwhile – never thought I would ever say those words in a sentence!”

St Raphael’s Hospice has been providing expert hospice care for people in Merton and Sutton for over 30 years, free of charge. For more information, visit straphaels.org.uk