Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, is excited to be bringing a fun and thrilling obstacle course challenge to Canford School in Wimborne on Sunday 1 July.


Based on TV gameshows like Wipe Out, It’s a Knockout and Gladiators, Totally Wiped Out features a combination of inflatable and water-based sections where balance, flexibility and skill hold the key to success! A punch wall will try to knock challengers off a ledge, the inflatable balls will bounce unsteady participants in to the water and the sweeper arm will attempt to knock other from their podium!

Local lady Shelley Smart, from Verwood, is taking part in the event to raise funds for Diverse Abilities and is entering her team ‘Sammy’s Warriors’. Shelley and her team, made up of friends and family, signed up as her son Sammy was born with down syndrome and understands the family challenges of having a child living with a disability.

Shelley said: “Having a child with additional needs is very challenging, but also life enhancing and enriching. As well as down syndrome, Sammy has global development delay and hyper-mobility which can be quite challenging on the family but the little milestones he achieves are massive to us and far outweigh this.

“Last year, I took part in the Dorset Neon Run for Diverse Abilities with my friend Louise, who is also our Totally Wiped Out team captain. We both enjoyed it so much we wanted to do more for the charity which had led to Sammy’s Warriors signing up for this event. To raise funds as part of our sponsorship target we hosted a Zumathon and a raffle, raising over £250. We also have a paid entry house party coming up soon, so are having lots of fun together in aid of a cause so close to our hearts.”

“Diverse Abilities is an amazing charity supporting not only children like Sammy but adults too, so as a family we will most certainly be needing them in our lives for the challenges ahead as Sammy grows older. We would encourage everyone to support this fantastic charity so that they can continue their incredible work.”

The Totally Wiped Out course is designed to test the determination of all who attempt the varying obstacles in an enjoyable way and Diverse Abilities is inviting participants to brave the challenge to raise vital funds for children and adults living with disabilities in the county.

Teams of eight to ten can take part and the cost per team £120 per team. The minimum sponsorship per team is £600. Individuals can also sign up for £12 per person with a fundraising target of £50. Brand new this year is a special obstacle course for those aged between seven and 16 which is just £5 to enter.

Lauren McCullough, events manager at Diverse Abilities, said: “Why not get a team of friends, family or work colleagues together and join the fun course of exciting and challenging games while having a great time in the sunshine.”


For more information or to sign up visit or email