The Final Total!

Total Raised
A HUGE thank you to all who have contributed and helped along the way. Outstanding work!

The Story Behind The Run

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.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Diss Mercury writes for Matty

Matt's 873-mile run for best friend.
25 March 2010
A keen marathon runner is preparing to take on his biggest challenge by running the length of Great Britain for his best friend, who was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash.
Self-employed builder Matt Harrison from Attleborough is planning to run from John o' Groats to Lands End in the summer to raise funds for three life-saving good causes.
The 29 year old's 873 mile challenge come after his friend, Chris Taaffe, was left in a coma for several weeks following a motorcycle crash in south Norfolk on October 1.
It was thanks to the rapid response of the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Addenbrooke's Critical Care Unit in Cambridge that saved the biker's life.
Mr Taaffe, 29, from Kenninghall, is now out of critical care and has begun to eat and speak under the treatment of the Colman Centre for Specialist Rehabilitation Services in Norwich.
Mr Harrison is now hoping to raise thousands of pounds for the three organisations by spending a month running 30 miles a day between John o' Groats and Lands End.
The former Banham Zoo Keeper, who has completed two London Marathons and run the length of Hadrian's Wall from Newcastle to Carlisle last year, hopes to start his lateast adventure in August. He added that the run would be "long, tough and emotional".
"Chris is progressing well and the money I raise will not make any difference to Chris, but will help people in the furture. You never know when you'll need the air ambulance".
"I love a challenge. I have spent a lot of time organising, but the training started two weeks ago. The hardest part is working 12 hours a day and finding the strength and time to go running," he said.
Mr Harrison can be sponsored at

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