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, 9 September 2010

Thursday 9th September - T to T-Taunton to Tiverton

The sun is shining!!  It's looking to be a good running day for MM!  We pummelled his poor legs last night and that's the first time in ages he's had to stifle the screams....he's really hurting, people.  We put freeze spray on his ankle this morning and wrapped it in a cooling compress bandage.  Once he gets running it seems to ease off a bit.  So fingers crossed. I would like him to actually ENJOY the last few days of his run!  He's gone a bit quiet on me again, which usually means he's in a lot of pain or is struggling with the could also mean he's not talking to me any more because I got my evil thumbs out again!

I've managed to get some medication for my chesty cough and so, hopefully it will soon mend and MM won't be in mortal fear of getting ill any more.

We will be staying with his brother tonight somewhere in Exeter.  If any body knows of someone in the Okehampton area who would be willing to give us a bed for the night, please do let us know.

OK...MM just checked in with his running partner Amanda.  Re-sprayed and dressed his leg and he is off again......what a trooper!  Now off to the next rendezvous point.......................................

A couple of shots of Matt running with Amanda this morning

Devon hills and skies!
And some 'Welsh Wales' from the other day...
The Clifton suspension Bridge

He's still running, we are through Tiverton and now on our way to Crediton...the boy just can't stop!!  Go Matty GO my son!!

1 comment:

  1. Hi guys, just wanted to wish you both well for the last few days, I hope Matt's body holds out, he is truly bionic! Good luck, the last few miles is just a drop in the Ocean! Caroline.