Wiltshire business owner Mark Brimson is taking on a marathon walking challenge with his business buddies to raise money for people affected by brain injury.
Mark, 42, will attempt to walk five marathons in five days between Monday, March 20, and Friday, March 24, from Plymouth to Bristol in memory of his late wife Gloria.
A huge fan of football, he will start walking at the home of Plymouth Argyle Football Club and will end at Bristol Rovers Football Club.
He will be supported by members of a national business networking organisation – 4Networking (4N). Mark has been a 4N member for eight years and is currently a member of the Chippenham group which meets at The Pheasant pub every fortnight.
Mark said: “What has kept me going more than anything has been my membership in 4N. Although I originally joined the group to support my business, being a member has been a massive support on a personal level.
“Showing up at those meetings has really been a lifeline. There’s so much more to it than swapping cards and making business contacts. Practically all of my best friends have been made at 4N meetings.
“Recently Brad Burton, the founder of 4N, has been so personally supportive too. This year, when he undertook a founder’s tour around the country he also raised money wherever he went.”
Everyone involved will be raising money for the charitable foundation Mark set up in memory of Gloria Brimson. She died in June 2007 after suffering a heart attack days after an operation on her brain for arteriovenous malformation– a tangle of abnormal and poorly formed blood vessels in her brain.
Mark said: “On the ninth anniversary of her death last year I hit a real low point. I desperately needed to take some kind of action to help me move on.
“There and then I decided to spend 12 months raising money for Headway Bristol which supports brain injury sufferers, their families and carers. It’s been good for me as well as the charity; it’s given me a real lift and Headway have since asked me to be an ambassador for them. It’s been a really humbling experience.”
Mark, who runs a payment services company Payment First based in Corsham, is already halfway towards reaching his target of £10,000 thanks to supporters running half marathons, family fun nights and individual collections. Mark also plans to run a dinner dance later in the year.
Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mark-Brimson1