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.

Friday, 30 April 2010


well a minor set back in having my apendix removed on me birthday!!!! can't work or drive for 2 weeks and run for great distance for up to 6 weeks!!!! but still got about a further 10 after that, got to stay positive!! its going to be a challenge and a half now people..........

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Fundraising Gig!!

OK Folks, the first one is HERE!

Sunday May 2nd at the Garden House. 
 5pm Tara - 8pm DYFA

There will also be a mini-bootsale at
come and have a rummage or set up a table of your own.  Proceeds divided between the run and the charities.

Tickets £2 minimum donation
 proceeds to the run and the three charities.

Come Early - Stay Late.

Let's raise LOTS of money for this great cause.

Diss Express writes for Matty

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Thursday, 15 April 2010


Hi all, as Matty has said, T-shirts are on their way!  We'd like to have some idea of how many to order, we'd hate to say we didn't have enough to go please.......let us know if you would like to be the owner of a bespoke shirt by emailing Matt on . T-shirts will be a very practical navy blue with a white design and selling for £15.  All proceeds to the run and the charities.

Thanks Everyone for your supoort. xx (Jackie, support driver and general goffer)

Sunday, 11 April 2010


Hey everyone......its all coming together now, we are sorting out gigs and other fundraising ideas. T-shirts are being made and people are all helping which i thank you loads!!   So many of you are wanting to run for a bit with me which is fantastic!!  The map is being made up so when done will let you all know the route. Gym and running and swiming is taking over my life but its all good. The problem of accommodation is next to tackle...I thank you all for helping and getting involved, please keep giving and spreading the word.