The Great Moose Bake Off Charity Run

So next Sunday I’ll embark on a little stroll around Southampton with a bucket in hand, dressed as a moose.

Sounds bizarre at first, but as you may have spotted on my social media, I’ll be running for a great charity, Hemi Help. I thought I would use this piece to explain the background & to raise awareness of the great work they do.

Hemiplegia, which my parents discovered I had at a young age, is a neurological condition that affects children and adults in a similar way to a stroke. It is caused by injury to the brain and it results in a varying degree of weakness and lack of control on one side of the body. Hemiplegia affects one child in 1000. (

It started with a fun protein bake off competition Muscle Mousse ran in the autumn last year, so much so that I ended up in the final ‘showstopper’ challenge😃.

With that approaching, my brother Chris – based in Southampton – had suggested that if I win it, I should do a 10k, and as a bet, run dressed as a Moose! – so, having won with this cheesecake…


…The bet was on! Now, a 10k was not in my training plan at all this year, but I thought It could provide a decent platform to raise some funds for a organisation that help so many.

Hemihelp, celebrating their 25th anniversary, was set up by a group of parents to bridge the communication and support gap they had regarding their children’s Hemiplegia.

Their mission is “To use our specialist knowledge and supportive networks of families and professionals to create awareness and understanding, in order to empower children and young people affected by hemiplegia across the UK to reach their full potential,”

So, I’ve upped my cardio recently to get me around the course, so, with a few days to go, the hoofs and antlers are packed, the bucket is getting ready and the Just Giving page is set up! It’s time to get my running shoes on!


Published by Matt Elson

Bringing you the latest in not only my personal journal into the world of disability Bodybuilding, but a discovery into latest events, profiles, news and promoting awareness of this great sport Based in Bristol in the UK, I’ve been competing in Disability Bodybuilding for the last 3 years in a journey which has taken me all over the country to national, international & world championships and I am so so grateful for that opportunity that had changed my life. Living with Cerebal Palsy has its challenges, but everyone has their individual hurdles to negotiate. Gaining strength both physically & mentally and adapting to the surrounding is all part of this journey. This is a mission to raise awareness, to promote our great category to develop opportunities for others. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss more!

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