04 Jun 2015

Matthew's milestone helps furnish Estonia's first women's recovery centre

Matthew Carson

When Matthew Carson took up running at the age of 40, he didn’t know his first 10k race would help furnish Estonia’s first recovery centre exclusively for women.

After training with Greenfield Greyhounds running club, Matthew tackled the Great Manchester 10k run in May, achieving a personal best time of 54 minutes and 26 seconds.

And now, as well as celebrating reaching a milestone age, he’s helping make Estonia’s Women's Recovery Centre more comfortable by raising £500 for rooms to be furnished.

Life supporting skills

Matthew ran for Horizons International, a global charity founded by his parents that aims to give opportunities to children and young people through educational facilities, resources, practical training and life supporting skills.

The new women’s centre is part of the charity’s ‘Chance2Change’ programme, and it’s on track to open this autumn.

Once fully refurbished, the centre will provide support for up to ten women, offering a ten month residential recovery and support programme. It will be run by the charity’s partners, Village of Hope with help from volunteers and sponsored staff.

Matthew says: “It's been a great inspiration to know that my running will help establish such a landmark facility for the women of Estonia. With the first race now under my belt it seems a shame to stop there, so look out for more opportunities to support this fabulous charity."

No cost fundraising for charities

Explaining why he chose MyDonate for his fundraising, Matthew says: “It’s a platform that allows charities to raise funds at no cost to themselves, which is particularly important for smaller charities."

Proud parent

Proud parent and Horizons International co-founder, Judith Carson says: “Thank you Matthew. Well done and congratulations on winning a 'milestone marker medal' - not 'over the hill' at all!”

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