|A lot has gone on since the last Foundation newsletter but just as a quick reminder, this is an internal newsletter which is only received by colleagues within the John Good group of companies. You can always visit the dedicated staff-only section of the website for continual updates here: http://staff.matthewgoodfoundation.org.Firstly let me wish the best of luck to all of the chaps that are taking part in the John Good Tash Team this year! To keep up to date with everyone’s progress (or in some cases lack of progress), then we have a page on the official Movember site here: http://uk.movember.com/team/420473Tim Good
Best practice in Marathons
Over the last 12 months we have been working on a project to try and help prevent sudden deaths in amateur runners that take part in endurance events such as marathons. With the help of the money raised by the various events in the last year such as the 3 Peaks, Millionaires Evening and Gala Dinner we have made tremendous progress.
Firstly we have helped launch the new International Institute for Race Medicine. This organisation is operated by some of the leading medical staff in marathon running. Working with us we hope to help them push best practice in medical training to all 10k, half marathons, full marathons and other endurance events in the coming years.
Secondly we are working with the prestigious Loughborough University on a year long research project to review all aspects of race medicine and runner awareness which we hope to use in the future to accelerate our goals and help the IIRM. Watch this space since 2013 is going to be very exciting for this project!
32 Marathons Completed!!!
In the last newsletter we mentioned how Chris Price was in the middle of his challenge to run 32 half marathons in 2012 in memory of Matt and also to raise money for the grass roots project we are working on as a family to help prevent deaths in other endurance races.
On Sunday the 4th of November Chris crossed the line of the Tatton Park half marathon to complete 32 races this year as planned! An amazing achievement by a man that never actually met Matthew but was moved so much by his story that he went ahead and ran over 400 miles for our project to raise over £12000. His fund raising page will remain open until the end of the year: http://www.justgiving.com/32-half-marathons. This photo shows Chris at the Marrakesh half marathon earlier this year.
3 Peaks Challenge
A few days after the last newsletter a team of over 20 people from the group walked the Yorkshire Three Peaks to raise money for the family’s grass roots project to help further medical practice and awareness to runners talking part in Marathons. The final walkers came in at 9pm after a grueling 13 hours and all enjoyed a celebratory drink and meal afterwards!
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Harry Kahari, Ann Eavery, Steve Whitfield, Tom Ellis, David Churchyard , Simon Murray, Darren Spence, Stuart Lloyd and Damian Harley all completed the London 10K successfully to raise over £5000 for Prostate Action! We discovered later that the JGS team actually raised the largest amount of any team that year for Prostate Action in the 10K.
Race For Life!
Lisa Sharman, Rachel Davies, Marzena Miza and Sophie Mills all completed the Race for Life this year to race money for Cancer Research! For more entertaining and embarrassing ‘warming up’ photos go to:
Earlier this year Stuart Lloyd from the Brentwood office asked us about supporting a small group call the Super Troopers that was trying to establish itself as a dance group for children. It was difficult to draw up a full Grass Roots project so the idea of the Seed Fund was born and we awarded them £500 to get started. We’ll keep you up to date with their progress!
New ways to get involved!
During October we went around the offices to give you an update on the Foundation’s progress. We also told you about new and easier ways to get involved. The first is what we call Seed Funding. This is where you can apply for a small amount of money to try a project out. If you can then prove it could be successful then you can apply for a full Grass Roots project later on. The other way is called Project Championing and basically allows you to support a local cause you are specifically keen on even if you are not directly involved with it yourself.
You can find out more info on the Staff area of the Foundation website:
|180 Year Anniversary Walk
On July 6th 2013 John Good & Sons plans to celebrate the 180th anniversary by staging a 180 mile walk from Liverpool to Hull and raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. We’ll keep you up to date on the planning of this event but please keep your diary open for that weekend! It will be a lot of fun!
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