For the third year running, Martin Hywood from Aylesbury took part in our summer fundraising campaign, Move a Mile for Muscles. This year – on Sunday 30 August – Martin went for something bigger and bolder than he had attempted before: a marathon of miles!
For Martin, Move a Mile for Muscles is a special fundraising campaign, as well as an extremely difficult one due to his muscle-wasting condition. He has limb girdle muscular dystrophy, a progressive condition that Martin says gives him “relentless pain in his legs, lower back, shoulders and neck”.
The event consisted of 50 relay participants doing a mile each to complete a team marathon, two cyclists covering 18 miles, one person running a marathon, with 12 live bands and a huge raffle to enjoy in the Aristocrat Pub afterwards. There was a lot going on! Martin also set himself the ambitious target of raising £6,000 from the event.
For most people, this might seem like a very daunting task – especially with the organisation and logistics involved – but not for Martin. His determination, drive and positivity to make a difference are infectious.
Martin is a great ambassador for the charity, as he is always looking at new ways to get involved, new ways to create awareness and new ways to raise money. He is always thinking about his next project.
Of this year’s event, Martin said:
I have been overwhelmed with the support from far and wide. We had a great deal of fun raising lots of funds and raising awareness with this event and as a family we are very lucky and grateful to have the friends that we have. I’m not sure how we will make this event bigger and better in 2016 but I have no doubt that we will. Thank you to everyone that played a part on the 30 August and thank you for every donation made.”
Martin completed the last mile of the team marathon after receiving the relay baton from his wife, Michelle. Surrounded by family and friends, he braved the rain and his condition to complete his mile. It was a fantastic day, a great event, and it has raised £6,700 to date. A massive well done to Martin and everyone involved.