Matt's Mission takes on 10k race to buy Skegness holiday home for families to enjoy - The Solihull Observer

Matt's Mission takes on 10k race to buy Skegness holiday home for families to enjoy

Solihull Editorial 15th Aug, 2017   0

A CHARITABLE man who has dedicated the past eight years to raising money to grant extraordinary wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses will be going an extra 10k to help raise funds to buy a holiday home for families to enjoy.

Matt Denning is limbering up ahead of the Aberdeen 10K run which he will be running in honour of Eileidh Paterson and the other children his charity Matt’s Mission has supported over the years.

He will be joining thousands of others at the starting line on August 27 and making his way through the city’s streets while trying to make a dent in the £34,000 needed to buy an adapted holiday home for families in Skegness.

Over the years, Matt has completed a number of challenges including a sky dive in 2009 and climbing Mount Everest in 2010 in honour of the brave children who have to battle life-threatening illnesses.

Matt said he was inspired to do the Aberdeen 10k after seeing a poster for the event when he was up in Scotland paying his respects to Eileidh who he was very close to.

Matt added: “I will be dressing up in a Scottish man costume which looks like he’s carrying me.

“This is something that I feel the children would have laughed and smiled at. It will help raise awareness for the charity too, and hopefully raise more funds towards the holiday home.

“I will also have a running shirt on with images of the little heroes that have sadly passed away.

“I am looking forward to raising awareness and to hopefully raise more funds.

“I am not looking forward to the run as I’ve have not had the chance to train much but the children and ‘Harrold’ my Scottish costume friend will carry me through it.

“What the children go through is so much tougher than what I am going to be doing.”

Matt, who set up Matt’s Missions after his granddad was diagnosed with cancer, decided to get a holiday home that had been adapted for wheelchair users in Skegness.

So far £5,000 has been raised for the holiday home from collections in Solihull.

Matt can usually be seen dressed as Captain America while collecting money outside Game. Events are put on for families and 35 children have been sponsored to have their hair donated to the Little Princess Trust.

The holiday home will be used to send sick children, their siblings and parents to have a rest free of charge and will give the family a chance to have some quality time together, which is missed when the sick child is in hospital.

It will also be available for the public to hire throughout the year to help raise funds to run it.

For more or to donate visit or on Paypal at or put some money in one of the collections at Game in Solihull.


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