The Matthew Elvidge Trust
The Matthew Elvidge Trust Background The Trust was formed in 2010 shortly after our son, Matthew, took his own life after a short period of anxiety and depression and, as is so common, we were not fully aware of the depth of his depression and how to help. What are the Objectives of the Trust? The objectives of the Trust are to increase awareness of the importance of good emotional wellbeing and mental health including: - developing the skills to keep healthy - understanding the signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression and other mental health illnesses - developing the skills to cope with difficult times in your life and the resilience to recover - having the confidence to ask for....and receiving appropriate help early We also aim to reduce the stigma associated with anxiety and depression and support organisations that work in the field of: - emotional wellbeing and mental health - suicide prevention - support after suicide How we achieve these objectives? We achieve these objectives by supporting a number of organisations that work in universities and schools. We fund and advise Student Minds, Nigtline and Students against Depression. We also fund the 'Partnership for Wellbeing and Mental Health in Schools', which promotes a whole school approach to emotional wellbeing education. The Trust sits on a number of Government Advisory Boards to provide advice and influence policy across the Departments of Health and Education. How is the Trust be funded? The Trust is funded by events organised by our supporters and the annual Fleet Half Marathon. We have raised over £300,000 over the last five years. 100% of funds raised are used to support our selected projects and activities. All running costs are covered by the family.
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Los Hermanos Cansados-Barcelona Marathon 2017

Douglas Elvidge, Jonny Richards, John Miller, Tom Downey, Samuel Everitt, Harry Howe,

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Hi and thanks so much for visiting our fundraising page. We are a group of 8 guys running the Barcelona Marathon in March 2017. Half for fun, half so we can raise awareness and funds for an awesome cause. 

The Matthew Elvidge Trust is a charity working in the mental health field with specific aims to increase the awareness and understanding of the importance of good emotional wellbeing and mental health and to reduce the stigma of anxiety and depression.  

By visiting this page we’ve started on the awareness, but we’d be so grateful if you could take 2 mins to read on.

What are the facts?

  •  1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year. For most people this means that, in your social circles, there are a number of people experiencing difficulties - are you aware?
  •  In the UK, 70 million days are lost from work each year due to mental ill health, making it the leading cause of sickness absence from work
  •  Suicide is the largest cause of death for men aged 20-49 in England and Wales and 75% of the 6,000 suicides in the UK each year are male 

We believe that, with the right support, suicide is preventable.

What does the trust do (where will your money go?) 

The trust provides financial support to many outstanding organisations in the mental health field, with a strong presence in the student sector. They focus on providing exceptional support to many thousands of students and young people. Please follow these links:

Student Minds - 

Nightline -

We  have also set up the Partnership for Wellbeing and Mental Health in Schools and part funded Universities UK, to create a programme that will develop a Vision and Framework for a whole university approach to wellbeing and mental health.

The trust is also active in influencing policy and has recently provided evidence to the Health Select Committee Inquiry into suicide prevention. 

For more information on our activities please go to 

100% of your funds provide grants to change lives - we have 0% administration costs. 

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Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations. You are making the difference.

A BIG THANK YOU from ‘Los Hermanos Cansados’ (The Tired Brothers)

Recent donors

15.04.17 Well done to Los Hermanos Cansados! My running days are well behind me so I've been counting my steps per day during Lent and converted them into pounds per km instead. The work of the Trust is invaluable as we care for young student minds and bodies.

08.04.17 Sam - huge congratulations on your race and what a great cause! Incredibly proud of you buddy. Suhrid x

04.04.17 RIP toe nails

04.04.17 Well done everyone, great effort.

02.04.17 Losing the bet

24.03.17 Congrats!

23.03.17 Well done chief!

22.03.17 So proud of you all, a brilliant achievement for such an important cause. Well done guys! X

21.03.17 I can't believe you ran a whole half marathon last weekend! I'm in awe of you Doug! xx

21.03.17 Impressive effort John!



19.03.17 Well done to all of you, you have done so well and raised so much for a much deserving cause. Here's to the next venture.


17.03.17 Well done team!

16.03.17 Congratulations! Such an amaizng effort for an amazing cause. X

16.03.17 Good work, team!

15.03.17 Well done guys!! xx

15.03.17 Great effort Doug, and for a great cause - well done!


14.03.17 Well done!

14.03.17 Hope muchas cervezas were consumed after! Well done all - looking forward to Ev's Stag in a couple of weeks x

13.03.17 Well done guys.

13.03.17 Well done John and the other brothers!

13.03.17 Good Luck


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Dunn's Mum
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