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.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Sunday 5th September - 600 miles today!


Hi all, no connection last night so couldn't write any more.

A big  THANK YOU to Vivy Violet for giving us a bed last night and for the food and cooked breakfast...thanks also to Poppy the dog and Thomas the cat.

Very wet here this morning, so the Landy has yet another use to add to the list of useful things a Landrover can do........a clothes drier!!  Full blast on hot with the windows open, else  I would steam!! mmmmm(thinks)....Landrover sauna?....mmmmm

Matt's mum and dad are due to join us very soon.  They have arrived at Leominster and we are about 3 miles from there. The rain has just eased off a bit, so fingers crossed, but the forecast is NOT good for next week.....heavy rain every day.  That won't please Matthew 'run in the sun' Harrison!

I have a few more pictures to upload as soon as we get a good enough connection speed, nothing much so don't get excited too much, there hasn't been a lot to photograph!


Just uploaded a video of Matt running with his mum into Hereford...... .................................................and here's his dad!!!
It's been a fun day and I'm sure Matt's enjoyed the company..thanks mum and dad for coming to see him.......

one for Muttley 'give me an aga' Halstead
Sunrise from the bedroom window this morning at Viy's house
And here's MM yesterday in the sunshine.........................

1 comment:

  1. well done matty, nice to see your mum running with you, wish we were with you too, hope weatherman is telling fibs n weather turns out to be good. when you get to Bristol all signs point to the west country
    hooray home strait!! love lots jan n jon xx