Like many of you, the team at NAWT were deeply saddened this week to hear that Matt Campbell collapsed 3.7 miles from the finish line at the London Marathon and later passed away. With a volunteer and supporter of our own taking part in the event to raise money for the animals in our care, we were shocked to learn that something like this could happen to such a talented, trained and experienced runner. Our hearts went out to Matt Campbell, his family and friends, and the running community who were all understandably shaken by such a tragic end to the day.
NAWT Volunteer and fundraiser, Matt Dorber, decided to pull the running community together in memory of Matt. Writing in a London Marathon Facebook group he said:
"This has been mainly set up as part of the London Marathon training group.
"Four thousand of us have given each other advice and support over the last few months, and a small gesture of solidarity would be to 'finish' the run for Matt.
"It may be in London, Somerset, Manchester, where ever you are, but if as many people can do a 3.7m run and give £5 to Matt's Justgiving page, I think that'd be a nice gesture from us as a group."
The idea took off and the #FinishForMatt campaign has inspired runners and non-runners across the world to run (or walk) 3.7 miles in honour of Matt Campbell and to support his chosen charity Brathay Trust.
This Sunday 29th April at 10am Samantha Pratt from the NAWT Somerset team will be supporting Matt Dorber with this incredible campaign and joining him on a 3.7 mile run from Strode College Car Park, Street in memory of Matt Campbell.
We are all so incredibly proud of Matt and inspired by the wonderful community spirit he has shown in kick-starting the #FinishForMatt campaign. This is on top of all of his own fundraising efforts for NAWT, which have now raised well over £3,000!
We’d like to wish good luck to Matt, the NAWT Somerset team, and everyone else across the world running a 3.7 mile #FinishForMatt run this weekend – you are all amazing.