Stalham mum helps raise pounds in memory of son

A mum and her son-in-law have helped raise money for charity by dressing up as a Gorilla and hula girl in their latest fundraising bid.

Adele Jones, 62, from Stalham Green and her son-in-law Chris Hole 40, who teaches at the East Norfolk Sixth Form College in Gorleston, took part in the Great Gorilla Run in London to raise money in memory of Mrs Jones's son, Matthew.

Matthew Jones was 24 when he died in a car crash at Rackheath on Good Friday last year, on his way to work at Norwich airport.

Ever since, the family of the young man from Stalham, has been channelling their combined energy into charity running.

On Saturday, September 26, Mrs Jones and Mr Hole took part in a rather different fundraising run, Mr Hole in the 'conventional' gorilla costume, while Mrs Jones opted for a grass skirt and flower garland.

The pair were among 1,000 participants taking part in 7km Great Gorilla Run in London, organised by the Gorilla Organisation, which is raising funds to help protect endangered mountain gorillas in Africa. They both completed the course in just over one hour.

Mrs Jones, who is a teacher at All Saints School Lessingham, said they had taken part because of Matthew's love of animals.

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Mr Hole said: 'The fastest time was just over 46 minutes, some gorillas were still crossing the line at the one-and-a-half hour mark, so we were pleased with our result.'

Money is still coming in, but the pair have achieved their target of �800 between them, and are aiming to bump that up to �1,000 before the final deadline of November, 26.

Mr Hole added: 'There was a fantastic carnival atmosphere, lots of motorists beeping horns, lots of tourists taking pictures and cheering us on, and a fantastic drum band at the finish to welcome us across the line – where we were given water and a


After Matthew's death, the family set up a Running For Matthew appeal website. More information on the appeal can be found at