Chris Erridge

Chris Erridge

2019 Virgin Money London Marathon

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Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[vmgvideo class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/t4cP90bj2Pg?showinfo=0&rel=0&iv_load_policy=3"][/vmgvideo][p][br][/p][p]My story doesn't start with me, or even now. It starts with my Dad, Geoff, nearly 40 years ago.[/p][p]My Dad had been like any happy go lucky young man in the late 70s, playing in his own band and generally being a dude.[/p][p]But in June 1980 not long after he and my Mum got married, and with their first child (me) on the way, Dad had to undergo massive brain surgery on his frontal lobe, to remove a tumour almost the size of a golf ball. [/p][p]He recovered over an extended period of months and years, yet the scale of the operation, whilst saving his life, had a massive impact. From then on he was changed in ways that weren’t obvious to anyone who met him. As his brain adjusted, it took him longer to think, to articulate himself. His memory was dramatically affected and he found it harder to retain new information. He would become tired and confused much more rapidly. [/p][p]Despite all this, you’d never know it to meet him. He was a funny, whip smart man, and a great parent along with my heroic Mum, who supported him whilst shouldering the heavy lifting of raising me and my two brothers as we arrived in short succession over the next five years. He carried on working in the job he loved as an engineer for the London Underground, playing a part in major projects in the heart of London, but in the end, the damage done in saving his life caught up with him, and with a heavy heart he had to retire early.[/p][p]In the years that followed, I’ll always treasure the fact that my Dad was around at home so much more than many kids my age. He loved playing with us, being with us, watching us grow up and go through school.[/p][p]This is where Headway comes in. [url=https://www.headway.org.uk/]Headway is a charity that works to promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury[/url] and provide information, support and services to survivors, their families and carers, as well as campaign to reduce the incidence of brain injury.[/p][p]My Dad was restless, with a sharp intellect and a lot of energy to use during the day. My Mum reached out and worked with our local Headway office, and through them, Dad was able to get out and get involved in groups and activities that helped him stay active and feel connected. [/p][p]This was invaluable support as it helped stop him going mad with inaction, and also my Mum, to give her some time to herself. The volunteers and the effort that went into helping my Dad, and those like him who had suffered head injuries amazed me as a teenager, and still amazes me now when [url=https://www.headway.org.uk/about-headway/]I look at the range of activities and outreach that Headway offer.[/url][/p][p]Time and fate had their own designs. 2019 will be ten years since my father passed away at home. After the best part of 30 years, the tumour returned with a vengeance that slowly peeled away his ability to walk, move and even talk by the end. He passed away, lying in bed, lit by the sunshine through the window, in the home he loved, with me, Mum and my brothers nearby. He was only 54. [/p][p]All we could do was say goodbye, and try and find some solace in the fact that in the time we had him, we got more time with our Dad during our childhood than most kids enjoyed.[/p][p]In the years since, and having become a father myself, I’ve done as much as I can to stay fit and healthy to give myself the best chance at a long life and being and as involved a father as he was. I think of Dad every day and with every step I run.[/p][p]I’ve run thousands of miles in my time, including three marathons already, and dozens of other halfs, 10ks and so on…but I have never been able to run London and now, a decade since Dad passed, it’s the right time to put that right and put that experience to work. [/p][p]I want to give back in a big way to Headway to make this 10 year anniversary one of not just reflection, but positivity. To raise funds to help others enjoy the empathy, compassion and empowerment that my Dad and my family benefited from so much. Those with head injuries each have unique challenges and experiences to face, but they don’t have to face them alone. As they get used to a ‘new normal’ the help that Headway provides in guiding and supporting them in maintaining as rich and full a life as possible is invaluable.[/p][p]I can’t bring my Dad back. That’s not in my control. But what is in my power is doing everything I can to ensure that in his memory I can raise awareness and vital funding to ensure that others like him can benefit from the same sense of support, community and purpose that Headway can provide.[/p][p]I'll be looking to keep this page up to date with my progress as I head towards the big day itself. Thanks to all of you who read this far, and anything you can donate to support will be hugely gratefully received. [/p]
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Supporters


Jun 18, 2019

Catharine Sheikh

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Jun 14, 2019

Nick Brand

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Jun 14, 2019

Atish Chauhan

£2.00

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Jun 11, 2019

SV

£10.00

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Jun 10, 2019

Amber Deardon-Fisk

Good luck team!

£10.00

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Jun 6, 2019

Anjum Waheed

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Apr 28, 2019

Jenny B

Have a great day, Chris! You’ll do fantastically! Congratulations on your terrific fundraising! That’s amazing! See you at the finish line!

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Apr 27, 2019

Sach

Go Chris, a great charity and a lovely video,. Your dad would be very proud of you. All the best for tomorrow.

£15.00

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Apr 27, 2019

Marie- Rory- Jessica- Alex

What an amazing thing you are doing. We will look out for you on the telly box. Enjoy xx

£25.00

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Apr 27, 2019

Maria

Good luck for tomorrow Chris, I’ll be thinking of you

£20.00

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