Mum would be so proud

Matt Chambers
Matt Chambers
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DAD-of-four Matt Chambers is pushing himself to the limit with gruelling challenges over 850 miles to raise funds for research into the disease which killed his mum.

Matt, aged 40, who runs a training scheme for young people at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground, will cycle the 150 miles from his home in Worksop to the capital before running the London Marathon in April.

And his full itinerary takes in a staggering 12 challenges in 12 months, including cycling, swimming, wild camping, marathon running, a triathlon, mountain hiking and a 480-mile drive.

The former soldier hopes to raise £2,500 for Brain Tumour UK to mark the 10th anniversary of mum Pat’s death.

Matt’s remarkable year spans not just the London Marathon but also the Edwinstowe 10km, the Retford Half Marathon, the 95-mile West Highland Way, climbing Ben Nevis, swimming Lake Windermere, and scaling three Yorkshire peaks as a warm-up to the real Three Peaks Challenge up Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in a day.

In October comes the Capernwray triathlon in Lancashire, then a three-mile Santa Dash rounds off the year.

Matt said: “Mum was a nurse all her working life, on nights in A&E. She worked tirelessly to ensure her patients were given the best possible attention.

“She was diagnosed in 1998 with breast cancer which, despite treatment, returned as a brain tumour. She died in April 2001 aged 53. She didn’t live to see either of her sons graduate or get married.

“I would love to hear someday that someone with a brain tumour is not to worry as it is easily treated with a few pills and a couple of days’ rest. That will never happen without research, which is why I am raising money.”

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