In June 2023 Aaron Matcham ran the 26.2-mile-long Valley of the Owls Marathon in tribute to his brother Bradley who died following a single punch attack in 2019.
Speaking about his brother, Aaron said: “He has been gone and greatly missed for four years and not a day goes by that he’s not thought of by all who were fortunate enough to know him. It was an honour to run in memory of Bradley and he was in my thoughts all the way. He certainly helped my through the last few miles!”
Bradley spent eight days in a coma before a fatal bleed on the brain meant his family had to make the awful decision to turn off his life support.
Bradley was such a kind and gentle person and following a promotion at work, was enjoying a few celebratory drinks when the incident happened,
“This is another sad case that the greatest amongst us are the first to leave us. At 24, he had most of his life ahead of him, from travelling to starting a family. He might have even got to see his beloved Bolton Wanderers back in the Premier League!
But all that has been taken away from him and also those around him no longer get to enjoy his infectious company. On a personal note, it pains me to think that I will never be an uncle.
Unfortunately, I can’t rewind the clock and undo the horrific events, but what I can do is help those suffering the same as Brad and support the friends and family like us who will be grieving.”
Aaron has been training for three months and despite the challenges he’s faced during his sessions, his brother’s memory is driving him to succeed.
“There is a burning determination to run and run well, my target is to be under four hours, as each time I put on my running shoes, I remind myself why I am doing it,” said Aaron ahead of his challenge.
“Every stitch, tired legs, or soreness the next day doesn’t compare to the pain of losing Brad nor the feeling shared by other families who see their loved ones suffering from a brain injury.
That is why I can think if no better cause than Headway to raise money for. Its work in supporting those with brain injuries and their families is amazing. It funds a helpline, covers emergency travel costs, provides vital information and lots, lots more.
Such a cliché I know, but every donation really does help. If you aren’t able to donate, then please share my fundraising page, as someone else might be able to."
The awareness that Headway gives might even make others think twice before to turning to violence and keep a family intact.
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