Haverhill businessman is crowned ‘King of the Mud’

Geoff Carter wears his King of the Mud crown after the I'm a CEO, Get Me Out of Here contestants completed a Tractor Challenge. Contributed picture.
Geoff Carter wears his King of the Mud crown after the I'm a CEO, Get Me Out of Here contestants completed a Tractor Challenge. Contributed picture.

Haverhill businessman Geoff Carter has been crowned ‘King of the Mud’ after winning the first charity I’m a CEO . . . Get Me Out of Here! event last Friday (17).

The day, to raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care, saw eight company bosses tackle a range of country-themed trials, including driving a tractor, handling animals while wearing a blindfold and eating a grim five-course meal.

Each participant was asked to raise £1,000 to take part, with the total currently raised standing at more than £6,500.

The cockroach challenge saw participants had to put their hands in a box full of giant Madagascar hissing cockroaches and death’s head cockroaches to find five gold stars, while during the ‘Feely Challenge’ participants were blindfolded and asked to hold a scorpion, python, skinny pig, chameleon and skunk, then guess what they thought it was.

Geoff, who owns Saffron Insurance, said: “There were some good challenges and some not so good challenges but - best of all – all the competitors were great fun and everyone got into the spirit.

“The most important thing is we have raised valuable funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care.”

Jamie Mintram, of Jurassic Encounters, of Weeting, which supplied and cared for the animals on the day, said: “Most of the animals are rescue animals.

“Dusty the North American striped skunk hasn’t been de-scented and he is a house skunk – he likes sitting on my lap and having a belly tickle. Perky, the albino skinny pig, and his brother Pinky were found walking up Thetford High Street a couple of years ago.

“Matilda, the python, was also rescued. Her previous owner wasn’t very nice and she was covered in burns when we got her.

“She has never shown any aggression to anyone, even when we were treating her.”

In the eating challenge, participants were presented with dune beetles, sago worms, large crickets, pig testicles and pig penis and asked to eat them to score points.

Colin Roberts, of Arc Shopping Centre, came third. He said: “The worst part was the eating challenge, as they were all pretty disgusting, but especially the testicles.

“I wouldn’t want to repeat that and I think I’ll be brushing my teeth as soon as I get home.

“I enjoyed the forklift truck challenge the most, while I was physically shaking after the tractor one – it was the adrenalin.”

Claire Butler, St Nicholas Hospice Care major gifts manager, said: “The whole day was fantastic, with an amazing atmosphere and camaraderie.

“We would definitely like to do it again, and make it even bigger and better.

“Thank you to Mike and Lorraine Morley for making the event possible and to everyone who took part for raising so much.

“The money will help to make living with dying better for people facing long-term or life-threatening illnesses, and their families.”