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Simon Briston

Marathon des Sables in September 2020

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My story

[p]I am now planning to run the [b]Marathon des Sables[/b] in September; the event will no longer be taking place in April due to the coronavirus, so six more months of training - hooray![/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 now 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 outdoor wheelchair and an exoskeleton for his right arm. [b]Rob will be able to take his dog for a walk[/b] for the first time. [b]Rob will also be able to raise a glass or cup to his mouth[/b] without relying on someone to hold it for him. [/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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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

Mar 9, 2020

Jeremy Tania Harris

Just the idea of running it deserves sposorship!

£50.00

Mar 8, 2020

Zoe O

Am in awe! You are quite amazing taking on such a challenge for a great cause. Good luck xx

£60.00 plus £15.00 Gift Aid

Mar 7, 2020

Susie and Rupert Taylor

You are amazing - we are both in awe - really good luck x

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Mar 7, 2020

Simmo

Good luck Simon!

Mar 7, 2020

Ben Kirke

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Mar 7, 2020

Paddy EB

Best of luck Simon. I hope you enjoy every moment. Your are doing a fantastic thing.

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Mar 7, 2020

Anonymous

Best of luck Mr Simon Briston, you’re an inspiration. Love, Moll x

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