Ultra Marathon success for Chris

A huge well done to Chris Collins, 48, from Ashford who took on a 43-mile ultra marathon – and raised more than £700 for us.

The Country to Capital event took him through the Buckinghamshire countryside, before picking up the Grand Union Canal towpath for the final run into London, finishing at a nice little spot near Little Venice.

Even though Chris has run half marathons and the London Marathon, this is his first ultra marathon and won’t be his last; although it was “tough” – he’s thinking of doing it all again next year!

Chris decided to fundraise for Holding On Letting Go as his wife and her three children were supported by us after the death of their dad Gavin when he was just 36 years-old.

The accident, which happened in early December 2013, left Lisa widowed at the age of 35, with three children aged under 10. She contacted us for support just the week after Gavin died, and the girls attended one of our bereavement support weekends with their cousin and aunt, Lisa’s sister. Chris told us the weekend was “invaluable”.

Chris said: “I met Lisa in 2017 and she told me about Gavin and the support she had from family, Holding On Letting Go, as well as Widowed and Young (WAY).”

Lisa told Chris about the activities the children took part in, including making memory boxes to remember their dad. The weekend helped the children to manage their emotions, feel helped and supported and meet other children going through a similar experience.

Chris and Lisa married in April 2023 and the family continues to join us at events and raise money for us too.
He added: “Lisa, the girls and Lisa’s family talk very fondly about HOLG. When I decided to take part in the Country to Capital Ultra, I thought it would be a good opportunity for people to donate, and straight away thought, it should go to HOLG, to help other families, going through what Lisa and her family had gone through.”

Chris’s donation will have covered costs including:
£5 – pays for materials for a memory jar
£10 – pays for a teddy bear for children to take home
£100 – volunteer training costs
£250 – food bill for a bereavement weekend
£450 – one-to-one support for one child
£1000 – annual transportation costs

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Ultra marathon runner raises funds for HOLG