Monthly Archives: October 2011

Back in the UK


Mat arrived back in the UK this morning where his condition was described as comfortable and stable.  He has now been transferred to a ground ambulance and is on his way up the motorway to Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Mathew will be admitted to the Adult Intensive Care Unit at QMC. Only close family will be allowed to visit at this time.  The family will keep everyone updated on how he is over the next few days.  Absoutely brilliant that he is home here in the UK and that he has been stable and safe throughout the transfer.  I cannot tell you how relieved we are.

Please, please, please continue to the raise funds and awareness as, although Mat is now back in the country, massive loans still have to be paid for and we still have a long way to go, both financially and in terms of Mat’s recovery.

Thank you for everyone’s support thus far and welcome home Mat!

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Thank you Scotland!


In addition to Mark Taylor’s double iron-man fundraiser –  see ‘The Quest’ in other post- a lot of people north of the border are all making tremendous efforts to raise cash for the cause.


1: Thurso mum Claire Hughes persuaded her partner to enter a van competition run by Mercedes-Benz. His entry has now been short-listed and they have decided that if they can gather enough support to win the van they will donate it to Mark’s family to sell. For information on how to add your vote visit the Help for Matthew Taylor Facebook page:

2: Local fiddler Karen Steven has named a new track “Matty’s Appeal”. Copies of the track are on sale at the Picture Box in Thurso.

3: A group of local women are hitting Thurso this weekend dressed up as the St Trinian’s girls. They hope to fundraise around the pubs in the town.

4: On returning to Caithness (either October 7th or 8th)8) Mark and Lorna are hopeful of meeting up with the rest of the team for the last 20-mile cycle to John O’Groats. Local cyclists are welcome to join them.

5: Tesco has overturned its normal rules and is allowing Team Matty to bag-pack on Saturday and Sunday in the Thurso store.

6: On Saturday, October 8, the team will be on hand at the Co-op in Meadow Lane, Thurso, to help pack bags for the public.

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