Dave, 36, wanted to thank St Ann’s for the care they gave his mum, Enid. As a keen triathlete, he decided to start raising sponsorship by taking part in different challenges.
So far he has taken part in events including half marathons, triathlons, several 10km runs, the Great North Swim, an endurance street race and an urban mountain bike race.
When my mum was a patient at St Ann’s, all the staff did a fantastic job caring for her, making sure she was comfortable and in no pain in her final days. On top of this they looked after the entire family, keeping our spirits high and tending to our every need. It amazes me that St Ann’s needs to rely so much on charitable donations. That’s why I chose to start fundraising for them, to help others who may need their help and support in the future.
I found fitting in training around work and having a normal life can be quite hard, although being an active person I do enjoy heading out on my bike or going for a run in the hills. Swimming in the cold water of Salford Quays can sometimes require some extra motivation but once you’re in and swimming it’s actually quite nice. I often find whilst racing that I think about my mum that little bit more, which helps spur me on during the low moments and gets me to the finish line, and I know that anything I raise will really make a difference.
The company Dave works for, Hilti GB Ltd, kindly agreed to match what he raised pound for pound. Dave hopes to raise nearly £7,000 with all the events and the match funding from his employer.