New heights for East Lancashire Hospice
Dave Clarke and friends will be taking on the West Highlands Way and finishing off by walking Ben Nevis in September to raise money for East Lancashire Hospice. Dave sets himself new challenges every year for the hospice, after the amazing care his Mum received in her final days.
Since setting himself the challenge at the beginning of the year, Dave has been training hard ready for the West Highland Way and Ben Nevis, which consists of a 96 mile walk from Glasgow to Fort William and then heading up the highest mountain in Scotland to finish. Dave said, “It’s important the training takes place to be able to be physically and mentally prepared and I’ve been training hard by attending the gym four times a week and most recently decided to do the Yorkshire 3 peaks. This did feel like a challenge in itself due to the hot weather, but I really enjoyed doing it and it prepared me for our next challenge.”
Dave, 45 was born in Blackburn, but now lives in St Helens and has supported the hospice since 2016 after his Mum, Margaret Clarke was care for by the hospice. Dave dedicates each of his challenges to his Mum’s legacy and is hoping to reach his £10,000 target after his gruelling challenge in September. He said, “For everyone that has sponsored me over the years, I can’t thank you enough. You’ve helped motivate me to train hard and dig in on the challenges when needed most. My biggest motivation has been to help the hospice and the fantastic work they do there.”
He continued, “They cared for my Mum, Margaret, in her final days and although it was a sad and emotional time, the hospice and the staff made it a special time.”
Leanne Green, Fundraising and Lottery Lead at East Lancashire Hospice said, “Dave and his friends really do push themselves each year to support the hospice. We all think, what’s he going to do next, and then he comes back with another difficult challenge, which he puts his heart and soul into. He’s done amazing with his training and raising money, with his friends, family and the hospice behind him every step of the way.”
If you would like to help Dave raise money for the hospice, please visit his online giving page - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/David-Clarke77