Thirty family and friends cheered home former Haverhill Rovers player Craig Skipp to the finish line at Headway Suffolk as he completed a gruelling four marathons in 48 hours in memory of his mother Julie.
Craig, 29, who teaches Public Services at Thetford Academy, ran and cycled 122 miles on Saturday and Sunday (13 and 14) in just over 13 hours – the same distance from Julie’s birth place in Surrey to Headway’s neuro hub in Northgate Street Business Park in Bury St Edmunds.
He has raised more than £1,500 for Headway Suffolk, the brain injury charity that supported Julie for 10 years following a fall at home.
The monies raised will be used for a plaque in celebration of Julie’s life at Headway and towards a new project once the charity has relocated to its new home in Olding Road, Bury St Edmunds on January 2.
Craig, who made five appearances for Rovers at the start of this season, scoring one goal, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to Headway Suffolk for all the support they gave mum throughout the years.
“Completing the charity run will hopefully go some way to showing my appreciation for all the time they made mum happy in challenging times.
“I’m proud of all the support provided by my family and friends, to reach the current total is excellent.
“Losing mum has left a massive space in my life and working with Headway ensures she remains in everyone’s thoughts.
“A final thank you to all those who braved the cold to see me over the finish line, with your support I would not have made it. It was the hardest thing I have ever done and to do it in just over 13 hours make me very proud.”
Helen Fairweather, Chief Executive of Headway Suffolk, said: “We are very grateful to people like Craig who fundraise for us. We are predicting 2015 being a turbulent year so all help is gratefully received.”
It is the second year Craig has fund-raised for Headway, after running 12.6 miles from his mum’s home in Ford Place, Thetford to Headway in one hour, 25 minutes.
The monies were used for pottery sessions, an activity Julie greatly enjoyed.
Headay Suffolk supports over 200 people across the county who have an acquired brain injury or neurological condition.
It provides both support at neuro hubs in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill, community support, clinical therapies and brainy dogs.
To donate to Craig’s cause, go to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CraigSkipp.