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.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Saturday 4th September-Total miles today 570!!


Matt started around 08:30 this morning, a little stiff, but making good progress. We've been through Shrewsburyand are cracking on to Newington near Craven Arms on the A49.  Traffic not too bad today but still a bit on the busy side, but less lorries...sorry Sue!  570 miles by close of play today, that means only 330 to go....soon be home, put the kettle on!

A big THANK YOU to Joey's mum for putting us up last night, for the lovely steak and chips and the cooked breakfast this morning...also for Pip the Jack Russell puppy who entertained until she dropped!  At this rate I'll have to start running with Matt to get rid of the pounds.....I did loose some with putting up and breaking camp.....not enough exercise now....but beats a cold wet tent.

Well, isn't Matt doing well???? He's looking forward to the finish and won't relax until he crosses the line at Land's End.  If you are planning to come and join him or see him then now is the best time as we are the closest to Norfolk we will get over the next couple of days...almost directly opposite. It would nice if some of his mates could make it and cheer him on a bit...or maybe meet at us the end for a real celebration!

Well done Jan for getting a letter into the EDP paper about the run...we and others have been trying local radio and papers on the way through, but no luck.  This man deserves a MEDAL!

more later................

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