“EACH was the obvious charity to support as my mum is both a retail and events volunteer” – fundraiser Matthew has extra motivation as he prepares for his second half-marathon

A determined runner is targeting more fundraising success after signing up for his second half-marathon.

Matthew Stokes, from Huntingdon, is taking part in the Cambridge event to show his support for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Mum Catherine volunteers in the charity’s St Ives shop.

Matthew completed his first half-marathon at the Great Eastern Run, in Peterborough, in November.

“I’m looking forward to it and being in a position to raise money for charity is the icing on the cake,” said the 32-year-old.

“Hopefully it makes a difference.

“I got into running for my mental health and wellbeing and my first half-marathon was for the charity MANUP?

“I felt so proud when I completed it that I couldn’t wait to run my next one.

“EACH was the obvious charity to support as my mum is both a retail and events volunteer. She’s also going to be helping on the day as one of the marshals.

“Mum has a friend who lost her grandchild to Batten Disease, so she felt she wanted to give something back for what EACH did.”

The Cambridge Half-Marathon is being held on 3rd March.

Matthew, a pump engineer at Anglo Pumps Bedford, is pictured with mum Catherine outside the EACH shop in Foundry Walk, St Ives.

To show your support and sponsor him, head here.

To find out more about volunteering for EACH in St Ives, pop into the shop for a chat, email manager Gill Partridge via gill.partridge@each.co.uk or call 01480 270999.

Notes to Editors

“EACH has made us all feel part of an extended family and, thanks to staff and fellow families, we’re not alone with problems. We always leave The Treehouse feeling positive, stronger and thankful.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.8 million from fundraising and £6.5 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron –Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit each.org.ukor call our Suffolk fundraisers on 01473 917965.

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For further information about this release please contact:

Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

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