Marcus Kilgour


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.
Cool Earth Action
Cool Earth works alongside indigenous communities to protect endangered rainforest 1. Put local people in control of threatened rainforest 2. Agree zero logging contracts 3. Build better incomes, better schools, better clinics 4. Do the same with the next village 5. Create a shield for the rainforest Cool Earth has protected 250,000 acres of forest that sit directly in the paths of chainsaws and bulldozers, creating a living shield to a further 2.5 million acres of forest. By spending more than 90p of every £1 donated directly on keeping the forest standing and focusing on the protection of the most at-risk rainforest, Cool Earth ensures that each donation makes the biggest difference possible.
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In July 2016 Marcus Kilgour and Danny Wilde are off on an epic adventure - The Mongol Rally.

10,000 miles through countries you'd never normally dream of going to, and all in an old banger that your grandmother would be ashamed to take to the supermarket! And then hopefully another 10,000 miles back home again through Russia, and all in just 10 weeks. More details are on our blog and tracking site:

As well as getting lost and breaking down in the middle of nowhere, being force fed yaks milk in a yurt and drinking far too much Jägermeister, we're trying to raise as much money as possible for two amazing charities. Which also involves Marcus cutting back on his nicotine intake to run the Fleet Half Marathon on the 20th March. Ouch!


This is our chosen charity. Having suffered from depression myself, this charity, and the work they do is close to my heart.

Matthew Elvidge was a bright, energetic and caring young man, who had everything to live for and yet, aged 23, he took his own life after a very short period of depression.

He was due to start his first job in insurance on September 21st 2009, after graduating from Newcastle University and died just one day before. He was part of a large family and had a wide circle of friends from school, university, trips to China and Africa, as well as Yateley Hockey Club and Explore Learning, his last employer.

Their affection for him was shown at his Thanksgiving Service on September 25th, when over 450 people gathered in St John’s Church, Hartley Wintney to remember Matt for what he was….a wonderful young man, who cared for others before himself and had so much to live for.

Matthew was depressed for a short period and, as is so common, his family and friends were not fully aware of the depth of his depression and how to help.

The Matthew Elvidge Trust was setup shortly afterwards to help awareness of depression in young people to help others in a similar situation.

They do this by increasing the awareness of depression, equip and train people who are best placed to identify those at risk from depression, encourage and help young people, who are suffering from depression to seek professional help, and reduce the stigma of depression.


This is the Mongol Rally official charity.

They do what I call “Green ****” – but as it turns out, it’s seriously important green ****!

Cool Earth is the charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction.

Local people stand to lose the most from deforestation but the most to gain from its protection. As such, they are the forest’s best possible custodians. That’s why all Cool Earth partnerships are community-owned and led – an approach that research is continually proving to be the most effective way to keep rainforest standing.

By developing local livelihoods, our mission is to end the cycle of deforestation entrenching villages into further poverty. Creating strong, self-determining communities – not dependency.

We are also the only charity that works solely where the threat to the forest is greatest, on the frontline of deforestation. And each of our partnerships forms a shield to make the neighbouring forest inaccessible to loggers – saving millions of acres of further forest.

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17.07.16 Good luck to both of you, and take care on your awesome journey!

13.07.16 I hope you get further than Dover!

05.07.16 Slightly inspired by your story. Hope you car makes it to the start mate.

18.05.16 Wishing you both a truly wonderful adventure with plenty of wickedness you awesome twosome!! xx


19.04.16 Amazing challenge. Good luck & enjoy!

18.04.16 Good luck guys!

31.03.16 Good Luck Marcus, wish you could take me with you.... xxx



10.03.16 Good Luck marcus

06.03.16 You are a credit to the race - good luck!

05.03.16 if you take a wrong turning , drop in and see us

04.03.16 Have a happy time - well done and great cause. With our love, xxx

04.03.16 Good Luck Marcus! Please no more running after this!

03.03.16 Good luck! Hope all goes well x

02.03.16 Safe journey, you Two. Weidmannsheil: Vorsprung durch Hoffnung! Thinking of you both.

02.03.16 Good luck buddy!

02.03.16 godspeed good sir

02.03.16 Stay out of trouble poppet! X

02.03.16 Tally-ho mon ami. Good luck & drive safe! x

02.03.16 Good luck Marcus!

02.03.16 Good luck, have fun, behave!

02.03.16 Good Luck xx



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