There are some real sparks of enthusiasm in Edinburgh building services specialist MPACT Group and they are about to bring a charge of electricity to one of Scotland’s toughest sporting events as they wire in to the Tough Mudder challenge.

Thirteen big-hearted staff from the Loanhead-based electrical contractor – that’s 20% of the 65-strong-workforce – will be putting their best foot forward on June 15 this year in the gruelling eight-to-10 mile race against hundreds of other competitors.

They will be getting down and dirty at Drumlanrig Estate in the Scottish Borders, home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and braving challenges such as electric shocks, the ice pool and the Ninja Ramp, a steeply-angled slope up which they have to run.

But their mud-spattered efforts will be worth it as they take on the physically and mentally draining assault course to raise much-needed cash for Lupus UK and Hopscotch,, which provides respite breaks for vulnerable children.

Directors of MPACT (Matthew and Claire Wright, Paul and Andrea Wringe), are thrilled to be supporting both worthy causes and are immensely proud of all their staff who will be participating in the event.  Matthew and Claire will also be tying on their running shoes to take part in the Challenge for the first time along with directors Dean Stevens and Mike McGuire and other office staff.

Claire said: “I love running anyway and the Tough Mudder is as tough as it gets. I don’t know if I’m looking forward to it or dreading it but the main thing is that we raise as much as possible for these good causes.

“The issue of Lupus is close to our hearts as a family and Hopscotch really stood out as a charity which is changing a lot of young lives. If we could raise £5,000 to £6,000, we would be delighted but if we could push it up to five figures, we would be ecstatic.”

The multiple award-winning company has a track record of generous charitable activity. It donates to Women’s Aid East and Mid Lothian each Christmas and Easter and it held a Great MPACT Bake-Off in aid of Comic Relief.

Paul Wringe said: “Our staff really go all out to support worthy causes in the local area and nationally and they are really pulling out the stops with this one. There is a lot of training going on and I know that they will put their hearts into it.”

Since it was founded in 2007, MPACT has transformed itself from a local concern into a nationally operating enterprise. It has a strong corporate social responsibility agenda and the company also takes great pride on the work it does with its employees to ensure their physical and mental wellbeing.