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Walk to remember and make a difference!

Wednesday 1st March, 11am to 4pm

Let’s walk together and remember those we have lost, raising money to support those needing our vital drug and alcohol services today. Choose the long or short route and enjoy the sights and scenes of our fine city of Norwich, with pit stops along the way. All ages and abilities welcome, including dogs.

"My son’s name was Jonathan he was afflicted by heroin addiction, and he also used cocaine regularly. However within all that turbulence he was a loving son who bravely battled his demons with courage and humour. Always willing to laugh at himself, he managed to kick the heroin habit and shortly before his death I went to meet him and he was brushing off a previous contact trying to push it onto him. He successfully negotiated his freedom from that pressure. Unfortunately, I believe he was dogged by drug pushers themselves sometimes addicted. Newly out of prison his tolerance for cocaine weakened by his recovery, he succumbed to a drug overdose.
He was Ill equipped for the vice and degradation of the disease being basically a nice young man just striving to cope with the challenges of a turbulent life.
Jonathan was always ready to laugh and smile attempting always to bring good cheer. He was despite his addiction a son I was proud of.

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One memory I have is the day my son ended up in the police cells at Bethel Street and someone called Randall from the Matthew Project had seen him there and offered help.
Jonathan on release that day was thrilled, and he said with heartfelt assertion that “we’ll get help now Mum”. It showed his usual way of always wanting to help me in his own way, despite his addiction I always felt his care for me.
The Matthew Project did help but the problem proved too long standing and our horizons were blighted by the enormity of the drug problem in Norfolk. The Matthew Project needs our help to continue their work against a backdrop of sheer enormity and complexity. Let us walk for our dead son’s and daughter’s, nieces, nephews and grandchildren and for those who are luckier and make recovery as a result of the hope offered by The Matthew Project."

Carole walks 30 000 steps to remember her son Jonathan

 

We have been blown away by Carole’s kindness as she has been planning a special sponsored walk to raise money for us here at The Matthew Project. ‘Walk to Remember’ is taking place on what would have been her son Jonathan’s 50th birthday. Sadly he is not with us today because he lost his battle with addiction. Carole shares her story with us.

Carole will be leading the walk so we want to encourage anyone who is able to join Carole and some of the team and volunteers at The Matthew Project to ‘walk to remember’ anyone you know who has struggled with their own drug and alcohol issues. Together we want to support each other and raise funds so that others can find hope for their future.

 

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in Carole’s story please talk to us at The Matthew Project. Email [email protected] or call 01603 626 123.

Further Information

Join in

We would love to have as many people as possible taking part in this event, so if you or your friends and family would like to take part, please click here and we will be in touch to get you registered.

Fundraise

As a local charity, we need to raise funds in order to keep our vital services running. Whatever you raise, it will be very much appreciated. If you would like to download a sponsorship form to keep a record of cash donations, click here. Please return it to us with payment by Wednesday 15th March.

This can be done in person at our Recovery Hub. 70-80 Oak Street, Norwich, NR3 3AQ or alternatively by BACS to our Lloyds Bank account using the account number 00986300 and sort code 30 96 17

We have an appeal page on TotalGiving for this event which can be found here totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/walktoremember

You can direct your donors there using the link or sign up to fundraise for this appeal yourself.

The routes

We are currently in the process of finalising the long and short routes. Please come back from 15th February onwards to view.

Sponsorship

Would your business or your employers like to sponsor this event or can you offer match funds? We welcome opportunities to collaborate, so please click here to get in touch at your soonest convenience.

Promotion

We have created a selection of promotional material that you can use to raise awareness for this event. 

Click here to download an A4 poster.

Click here to download a PNG for sharing on social media and PNG email footer.

Thank you

Every participant that raises £20 before the event will be given a free Matthew Project t-shirt to wear and keep.

Any participants who raise a total of £150 or more with be given a free Matthew Project hoodie to keep.

All participants will be awarded a certificate on completion of their walk.

Complimentary tea, coffee and cake will ready and waiting for you on your return.

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