Matt’s a magnificent fundraiser

Ironman Matthew Turnbull doing training time on his bike. Picture by FRANK REID
Ironman Matthew Turnbull doing training time on his bike. Picture by FRANK REID
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FUNDRAISER extraordinaire Matt Turnbull is home after a series of gruelling challenges.

The astonishing athlete has completed three sprint triathlons, an Olympic distance triathlon and a 95-mile road bike race.

He has also competed in local triathlon relays and completed a 176-mile endurance bike challenge from Hartlepool to Glenrothes in 11 hours and 25 minutes.

Every one of these feats were challenges he had never even tried to tackle before 2011.

However, jubilant Matt, 33, has got through the lot and raised nearly £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer.

He said afterwards: “I have come to the end of a very long road of endurance challenges that I undertook in memory of a close friend, who died of cancer in December last year.

“This challenge has taught me much about myself, and the nature of the events has taken me into areas of pain I never knew existed.

“But I am proud of what I have achieved in the memory of such a good friend.”

Matthew started his challenge after his best friend Dominic Behar’s mum Liz Hodgkiss, 61, died from cancer in December last year and suffering the loss of his granddad, Norman Turnbull.

Liz was cared for by specialist nurses from Macmillan Cancer Support.

Now comes your chance to help Macmillan to continue to provide its vital services to local people affected by cancer.

The charity wants anyone who can spare a few hours to volunteer for a collection which will be held at Morrisons, in Hartlepool.

This year’s collection runs from Monday, November 21 to Friday, November 25, and the charity would like to hear from either groups or individuals.

Local fundraising manager Liz Airey said: “Morrisons stores very generously provide us with a week to collect in their store every year.

“Unfortunately, without volunteer support we can’t use this week to its full advantage.

“We would be grateful to anyone who can spare a couple of hours to help us with our collections this year. The more money we raise, the more support we can give to cancer patients and their families.”

A cancer diagnosis is a very stressful and challenging time, not just for the person with cancer, but also for the people who love and care for them. Macmillan gives people living with cancer, and their families, the emotional and practical help they need.

Anyone who can help should contact Mr Redman on (01429) 299661.