Matt Masters

Matt's London Marathon for the BHF

Fundraising for British Heart Foundation
£2,755
raised of £2,500 target
by 63 supporters
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Event: London Marathon 2023, on 23 April 2023
The iconic TCS London Marathon is back. Take to the streets of London in April 2023 to help raise money to fund life changing research.

Story

Thank you for visiting my page. I am running 2023 London marathon on behalf of the British Heart Foundation and have the privilege of fundraising for the cause.

Most people will know I am a runner, run regularly and have done long-distance running before but not all have heard my motivation.

After a number of serious knee injuries throughout my 20’s playing Australian Football, I battled serious mental struggles which peaked after my second ACL/knee reconstruction in 2016. As you can  imagine, for a young person in their physical “prime” who was playing footy 2/3 days a week, cricket, beach, gym etc to not being able to
get off the couch for months, I hit serious lows. Depression and suicidal feelings were a constant and I would do anything to avoid starting each day. I had a mindset that my body was letting me down & I couldn't live life how I wanted.

While running was (and remains) only a small part of my journey (quick plug for regular psychologist or equivalent services), it is something that has sat with me for years and helps me maintain my physical and mental health. In long-distance running I found a way to prove to myself that I was in control & whether it be physical or mental, I could achieve what I set my mind to.

In early 2022, a close friend of mine, a fit and healthy 28 year old was out for a Sunday morning run in an East London Park when he collapsed without warning. With the help of quick thinking passers-by who immediately called emergency services, within 10 minutes paramedics were on scene. This friend required two shocks to regularise his heartbeat, yet was still without oxygen for up to 15 minutes. He was subsequently unconscious for 24 hours with his condition remaining unclear. After waking, he underwent surgery and now lives with a defibrillator patch on his heart.

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his friend had always been an active and outgoing person that was always the life of any gathering so this was something that completely shocked all those close to him. While he is incredibly lucky to be able to continue to life his life today, this experience is a reminder to all those close to him how quickly life can change.

Combining my love for running with such a cause was an easy decision and I am proud to support the BHF.

The BHF work to continue research and understand further about what causes heart conditions and disease, to save as many lives as possible. The BHF has helped halve the number of people dying from heart and circulatory disease in the UK but sadly every day hundreds of people lose their lives. It's only thanks to support from people like us that the BHF can create new treatments and discover new cures.

Your encouragement is greatly appreciated, and if anyone wants to hear more on my mental health, my running or my training I would welcome the opportunity. I talk openly and freely to save others experiencing what I have - or worse as has occurred in my friendship group. Similarly, if you know good fundraising ideas let me know.

With love and thanks

Matt

About the campaign

The iconic TCS London Marathon is back. Take to the streets of London in April 2023 to help raise money to fund life changing research.

About the charity

British Heart Foundation

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Heart and circulatory diseases are the world’s biggest killers. That’s why the British Heart Foundation exists. By funding research, we can help find treatments and cures that could save lives. With your donations and the awe-inspiring science we fund, we make science fiction a reality, together.

Donation summary

Total raised
£2,754.24
+ £348.75 Gift Aid
Online donations
£2,754.24
Offline donations
£0.00

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