Bury St Edmunds fund-raiser takes on marathon challenge for Headway Suffolk
A Bury St Edmunds man is preparing to take on his third fund-raising challenge for brain injury charity Headway Suffolk next month.
Thirty-year-old Craig Skipp, who has already raised £2,500 for Headway, will be running the London Marathon for the charity on April 24.
He will be completing event in memory of his mother, Julie, who was supported by Headway for 10 years following a brain injury she sustained in a fall at home, passing away in 2012.
To mark the first anniversary of her death, in December 2013 Craig completed a half marathon in one hour, 25 minutes from her former home in Thetford to Headway in Bury.
Determined to up the ante the following year, he tackled a gruelling four marathons in 48 hours by running and cycling 122 miles – the distance of Julie’s birthplace in Surrey to Headway – in just over 13 hours.
Eager to test himself further, Craig will take up Headway’s charity ballot place in the iconic London Marathon this year.
Craig, who teaches public services at the Inspiration Trust’s Thetford Academy, began his training in November after turning 30 on October 28.
He aims to complete the marathon in less than four hours and hopes to raise £2,000.
Craig said: “I am really looking forward to completing the marathon as it is something I have always really wanted to do.
“I am delighted that I will be running the event for Headway, who helped my Mum for so many years. The charity provided mum with so many great memories and I hope that the money I raise can continue to support the members of the charity.
“I am very thankful to Headway for supporting me and I would like to thank everyone again for their support and sponsorship in ensuring mum remains in our thoughts, but in particular to Sam, Lily and Poppy, who keep me motivated, and also my sponsor Dockerill Group.”
Helen Fairweather, chief executive of Headway Suffolk, said: “We are very grateful to people such as Craig who fund-raise for us and therefore help people with a neurological condition.”
To sponsor Craig go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CraigSkipp