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Simon Briston

Marathon des Sables is now in September 2020

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I am now running the [b]Marathon des Sables[/b] in September after being postponed in April due to Covid 19.[/p][p]The [b]Marathon des Sables[/b] involves running 156 miles (six marathons) in six days, across the Sahara Desert in southern Morocco and [b]I have foolishly agreed to take part.[/b][/p][p]The race will start on [b]Sunday 20th September. [/b]I have to carry my own food and equipment for the entire six days in temperatures regularly reaching 50 centigrade. The long stage of 52 miles on days four and five is the most daunting, involving running through the day and into the night. All costs will be met by me personally. [/p][p]I am taking part in this madness to raise funds for those with spinal injury and particularly a colleague and friend of mine from Downside School, where I teach. Rob Butt was Head of the History Department at Downside until a tragic accident in Malta left him [b]paralysed from the neck down[/b] [b]and completely dependent on others[/b] for the most basic things we take for granted. Rob is currently confined to home, but with your generous support I plan to raise funds to provide Rob with an exoskeleton for his right arm and also a standing machine. [b]Rob will be able to raise a glass or cup to his mouth[/b] without relying on someone to hold it for him and also benefit from a degree of independence in the house.[/p][p]I know that sponsorship requests are commonplace, but this is a very worthwhile cause and any money that you do donate will be put to excellent use through [b]Southern Spinal Injuries Trust[/b] (SSIT). SSIT raises money to help people living with spinal cord injury in the South and South West of England. At least 50% of the money raised will be made available to purchase equipment for Rob, with the balance helping others in a similar predicament. You can donate here, or if you prefer, donations can be made by cheque or bank transfer direct to SSIT at [b]Natwest, sort 54-41-19, account 47647299.[/b][/p][p]Thank you in advance for any donations big or small! I will keep you updated on my training and progress and (hopefully...) the successful completion of this terrifying but worthwhile challenge.[/p]
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Aug 4, 2020

Stephen and Ali

Marvellous Simon! All the best and more for your magnificent endeavour.


Jul 17, 2020

Jesus Tapia

Good luck Simon! Six marathons in those conditions sounds like a mad thing to do, but it is very inspiring that you have taken on this challenge (and for a very worthy cause as well). I hope the training is going well, and best of wishes come September!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jul 8, 2020

The Strong family.

Good luck Simon. I think you’re mad! But so impressed. Well done. Xx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jul 6, 2020


Don't do it!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jul 5, 2020

Sarah Neish

What an incredible challenge - GOOD LUCK! Angus and Sarah Neish

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jul 5, 2020

Caroline and Bob Graham

What an amazing challenge. We wish you all the best. Much love xx

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jul 5, 2020

Marcus Wells

All the very best Simon and much love, Marcus & Sally x

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Mar 14, 2020

Piers and Kate

We are in awe of your resilience, determination and Herculean effort. But as many a teacher has said at school "do not do that again"! xxx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Mar 9, 2020

Ian C

I know the event is now cancelled for this year, but this is a great cause and you have put so much into this. Brilliant all round.

£60.00 plus £15.00 Gift Aid

Mar 9, 2020

Charles and Sarah C

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid