Raising money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust and Colman Rehabilitation Centre
The Final Total!
£6000 A HUGE thank you to all who have contributed and helped along the way. Outstanding work!
The Story Behind The Run
Matt and Chris
The Story Behind The Run On the 1st October 2009 Chris Taaffe's (28) life was literally turned upside down!
Chris was involved in a serious motorbike accident which left him in a coma for many weeks. He is a very good friend of mine and I, and his many friends, found this very hard to cope with especially as five or six weeks earlier he and I were canoeing in the Lake District blissfully unaware of what the future had in store.
Thanks to the rapid response of the East Anglian Air Ambulance he was given the best possible chance of surviving his horrific crash. The first 24 hours were crucial and everyone waited with baited breath to hear any news. It is impossible to imagine what his family went through that night. Chris was flown to Addenbrookes Critical Care Unit in Cambridge where he was given round-the-clock care and treatment by the best possible team of experts. He was there for a few months and then moved to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and then to the Colman centre for Specialist Neurological Rehabilitation. He is still there now and progressing well thanks to the amazing rehabilitation scheme and care that is in place for him.
I am writing this to ask for your help. I need to raise local support and awareness for my run in August/September from John o' Groats to Lands End to raise money for the three main organisations that helped get Chris through his ordeal. Without the expertly trained staff and medical teams involved in the organisation many people, including Chris, would die or have little chance of recovery. It's time to give something back.
I am an experienced runner having completed two London Marathons, I've also run Hadrian's wall (Newcastle to Carlisle) and now I plan to run the length of Britain to raise a significant amount of money to keep the Air Ambulance, Addenbrookes and the Colman Centre open for those suffering now and for those who may suffer in the future.
The run will be long, tough and emotions will run high but with your help and the help and determination of the six volunteers who are providing back up and planning, the goal will be achieved and we will raise many thousands of pounds to save lives...........................maybe even yours.
If you can help to promote or sponsor this worthy cause or provide funding towards the cost of the venture, I and my team will be very grateful indeed.
To donate please use the buttons on this page or send a cheque using the information provided.
Many many thanks
JOB DONE! Monday 13th September at 12:19
Matt crossed the finish line at Land's End!
After 28.5 days and no days off! He had a small deputation to greet him and was interviewed on radio Norfolk just before 1PM.
Dear all, the total raised so far for Matty's Run is
Thank you all so very much. Money is still coming in which is great but we would like to have a final figure soon so we can get the money to the charities. So, if you have sponsor money to give to Matt could you please get it to him, or me, as soon as possible.
Thank you once again for you generosity.
"The Queen has asked me to thank you for your letter of 13th September.
Her Majesty was most interested to learn that your son recently completed a run of 873 miles from John O' Groats to Land's End in order to raise funds for the various charitable organisations which supported his friend, who had a serious motorcycle accident in 2009.
I would be grateful if you could convey to Mr. Matthew Harrison The Queen's warmest good wishes and congratulations for having successfully completed the run, and Her Majesty hopes that his friend recovers quickly from his injuries.
Your thoughtfulness in taking the time and trouble to write as you did is much apppreciated.
Mrs. Sonia Bonici
Senior Correspondence Officer"
And his certificate of completetion from the End To End Club:
Money is still trickling in but we are heading for around £5000. If you have sponsored Matt or promised a donation, could you please get the money to him as soon as possible so we can present it to the charities.
Thank you to everyone for their support and donations. The big 'homecoming' event managed to raise £1076.30 on the night, and the grand total is still being added to. Thank you to Colin for organising the event and Debs for the super food! The auction for Matt's smelly, unusable size 9 trainers, raised £100!
Keep looking in from time to time for updates on the total raised..........
Matty Hit the Finish Line at Land's End!!!! YEEEEEE HAAAAAAA
more later...we are in Bristol on the way home.....................
We finally got back around 10:30 ish in the evening....travel weary...........and very quiet....
It's a strange feeling when something that you've planned for for months, and Matt's trained for and gone through the pain of achieving, suddenly comes to an end. Relief, certainly, HE'S DONE IT!! But tinged, for me anyway, with a little sadness.....it's all over, no more routine, no more getting MM breakfast in bed, easing his aching muscles (for that he will be eternally grateful I'm sure!)...hopping from one layby to the next...........hey but WHAT an acheivement.
Corinne and Jan and David (Matt's brothers' father-in-law, were there to see him get his final 'stamp' on his transit verification form......to prove he'd done it. A proud moment.
We've met many people along the way, from the cyclists, also doing the same journey (for all different reasons) to the people in lay-bys offering money .....to the people who have very kindly opened their homes to us......if I've forgotton to mention anyone's name, please forgive me. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to each and every one of you. For you too, have helped Matty on his way. The baths and warm beds kept him going. We can't thank you enough. And also thank you to EVERYONE who has donated, or will donate, to the 'cause'. A truly great achievement for Matt, but let's not forget why he went through this pain (and pain it certainly was). Let's help him once more; to raise lots of money for the three charities that helped Chris Taaffe and saved his life.
Our blog is at an end.....................but should Matt ever want to do anything like this again, wherever it may be.................count me in!
We spent a nostalgic last night in the tent with Corinne and Jan. somehow it seemed like home as we haven't camped since Preston. MM had run just too far to make our last booked accommodation feasible, so we went for the camping option. A dry and fairly warm night and not too much condensation.
Matt started his day in the 'traditional' camp way, with breakfast in bed...I do spoil him so ! Porridge and maple syrup. Then on the road and running by about 08:15. Only 16 miles to go so he is taking it easy. He's extremely tired now, and still won't relax until he's over that line......
The camp and tent is all packed away....for the final time..............and we are now all off to catch up with speedy and await his appearance at Land's End. It all seems pretty surreal. With any luck we should be home some time tonight......
As soon as I get a chance I will upload photos of the finish....YAY!!!! Rock on Matty Moon...........Run Forest RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MM was running at 08:30 this morning. The sun is shining and all bodes well for a good days running. He had a good calf massage last night and an ice pack on his lower shins. Very stiff this morning, but usually once he starts running things settle down a bit. Not long to go now..........46 miles to Land's End!
Sitting in tent with MM, Corrine and Jan drinking wine and having a good old chat about the run!!
Today Matt saw Nigel the one tooth wonder.......who was overwhelmed about what Matt was doing and kept shaking his hands.........Today Matt saw Land's End on the sign post.........Today...we saw the sea for the first time since Scotland............Tomorrow.............Matt will have reached his goal..............
~Ironically......................today there was a charity run by 1,400 bikers, an annual event. Unfortunately the road was closed for a while because one of them came off and got hurt...................it just brought home the reason why Matt is doing this run..............he had to run past the guy in the road..............please give as much as you can............every little helps...........