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May 2017

Skydiving (with my Nan) - done!

15th May 2017

Matt Skydive


Sunday 14th May, the date of challenge number 4 of Matt’s Colossal 10. And it was time for another adrenaline fuelled challenge, Skydiving 15,000ft!
We arrived at Dunkerswell Airfield near Exeter and once checked in, we received our safety briefing.

There was seven jumpers for Weldmar, all bravely taking to the skies to raise money for our hospice.
Amongst those was a Weldmar Trustee, my parents and my 80 year old Nan!
One by one we all got called to get changed into our flight suits. We were introduced to our instructors (who would be our best friend for the next 30 minutes!), before boarding the plane.
Within eight minutes we were at 15,000ft, the door opened and we knew it was time to jump, there was no backing out.
One by one all of the Weldmar jumpers bravely plummeted over 150mph to the ground. As 5,000ft passed the sense of relief hit, once the parachute had opened.
However, that first 60 seconds of freefalling was an experience I never want to repeat again. Backward flips, spinning and rapidly heading towards the ground below, it was not for the faint hearted.
I do want to highlight and praise the fantastic support of our other jumpers, Merv, Sheila, Sandra, Steve, Simon and Ed. Together over £5,000 has been raised for Weldmar Hospicecare. They joined me in going above and beyond, and completely out of their comfort zone, so we can continue caring for patients and their loved ones.


I repeat, I will never be skydiving again, however I am proud that I was able to complete challenge four with six other supporters.
If you want to join me for a future challenge, visit or to support me in my ventures, visit
Now….I’m not sure I want to do the Wingwalking challenge!

Posted by Matt Smith at 12:44pm

Dorchester Marathon - Meet the Magna Housing team

5th May 2017

dorchester marathon magna housing team


I've been lucky enough to run three London Marathons, and even one in New York! 

This year sees the very first Dorchester Marathon and Half Marathon, on Sunday 28th May, with thousands taking to the roads around our beautiful county.

You can find out everything you need to know - the route, the road closures, and how to contact organisers if you want to know more or have concerns, by clicking here.

I went along to meet the team representing Magna Housing, who are raising money for Weldmar Hospice and other charities.

Take a listen here:



Pictured above:

Emma Walker (full), Wendy Richmond (half), Catriona Fountain (full), Emma Ford (half), Lauren Williams (half), Gail Pearson (full), Becky Alford (their fantastic trainer!)



Posted by James at 6:46am

The London Marathon - done! Now for cycling...

2nd May 2017

matt marathon


On Sunday 23rd April I completed my third challenge, the Virgin Money London Marathon. 26.2 miles of pain around the streets of the capital.

The crowds undoubtedly got me through the race. From mile three my left foot was in agony from plantar fasciitis and as of mile 18, my legs were cramping with every step.

However, remembering why I was taking on such a challenge got me to the finish line in 4 hours 32 minutes.

Each of the last few miles were dedicated to those who I have known who have sadly died in recent years. The thought of them helped me complete.

Thank you to everyone for their support, it is much appreciated and as I write this I am nearly 25% of my fundraising target, thank you very much.

Excitingly, we now have the route for our cycling challenge this September which will be over three days. And I can exclusively reveal it on my blog.

Weldmar - ShoptoShop Cycling Challenge - Map

Just as I relax after one physically exhausting challenge, I will be preparing for my next, and I want you to join me.

Find out more at or donate at

Posted by Matt Smith at 9:35am


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