Matthew trained vigorously hard throughout the winter months to keep on track to reach his goal time and making those asks to friends, family and colleagues to support him in his fundraising. He explains what motivated him to achieve a time of just over three hours and how he reached an amazing fundraising total:
“It was mostly word of mouth – texts and emails to all friends and work colleagues/clients. I raised £2428.20 excluding Gift Aid. I wanted to run for Brendoncare because Dementia (Alzheimer’s in particular) has had a huge impact in my life. I lost my Grandad to Alzheimer’s on Christmas Day 10 years ago now. The care he received in a care home in my hometown of Leicester was far below my expectation and far less than he deserved. I wanted to help enhance the lives of other elderly people in their time of need. I wanted to support a charity that really cared for their residents. Therefore, I was very happy to support Brendoncare. My Grandad was always so enthusiastic and encouraging about my sporting ability, he was a great runner, and it was fitting to do something in his memory to help others.”
Matthew says the support and encouragement he received from Brendoncare’s Fundraising team was also a big factor:
“Yasmin from the Fundraising Team has been fantastic! She has been very supportive at every step of the way. She has given me many fundraising tips and hints as well as helping me focus on the task at hand. I’ve even had personalised running playlists, podcast recommendations and plenty of good luck messages – she’s thought of everything, nothing was too much trouble. It’s been a pleasure. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity! I’m really pleased with the amount of money raised. Please keep me on file and if something comes up that you think I could help with then please let me know!”
Congratulations Matthew on being our May Fundraising Star of the month and behalf of everyone at Brendoncare, thank you so much for everything you do to support us. We couldn’t do it without you!