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Hotelier Craig Jarvis (62) and his 24 year old daughter Jessie are running in this year’s London Marathon on
October 3rd. Perhaps that is not such an extraordinary event as Craig is known for his extreme fundraising challenges.
That was until September 2016 when he was involved in a road traffic accident that left him with life changing injuries. Head injuries combined with a broken back, neck and pelvis saw him wheelchair bound for many months and facing the reality of being unable to walk again.
Craig and his family were about to embark on one of the most difficult of challenges; learning to cope with major injuries. The physical side is one challenge, but equally testing is understanding the side effects from the neurological injury such as loss of memory, temper management and an inability to multitask. As Craig admits this puts an enormous strain on family life and his wife Julie, “ has had to have the patience of a saint.”
The owner of Ravenwood Hall Hotel has faced many challenges in the past - completing the Grand National course at Aintree, multi endurance motorcycle events in India and Cambodia, ultra- marathons featuring the Marathon des Sables, as well as those in the Brazilian jungle and on Everest to name but a few. These fundraising events have raised over £500,00 for the Ravenwood Children’s Trust.
“Never give up” is Craig’s motto. He says: “I have an inspirational poster at
home that kept me going through the tough times. It reads: ‘Do not wait for the storm to pass but learn to dance in the rain’.”
Craig recalls the conversations with his surgeons over the severity of his injuries. It was suggested he turn to some alternative, less overly physical hobbies. Yet five years on and, following a gruelling fitness regime, he finds himself attempting some of the challenges he thrived on pre-accident.
The Ravenwood Children’s trust was founded 20 years ago by Craig which enabled him to turn his extreme challenges into fundraising events.
Both of Craig’s daughters are keen fundraisers for the Ravenwood Children’s Trust. Molly (18) has had numerous paintings auctioned while Jessie's role is to get her father to the marathon finish line, no mean feat in itself.
The Trust’s fundraising has supported the following projects:
West Suffolk Hospital Children’s Rainbow Ward Riding for the Disabled
East Anglian Childrens Hospice
Nelson’s Journey
Adventure Ashram
( this is a small but mighty charity formed by like-minded adventurists that’s supports tuition centres across India) Ravenwood Montessori School, Sri Lanka
Fuschs House Orphanage,
Cambodia
Get Kids Going
People
   From left:
Fundraiser Craig Jarvis taking part in Newmarket’s Town Plate in 2010; holding aloft the Olympic torch; with wife Julie and tackling a desert marathon
 Next big challenge for never beaten hotelier
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