Dave Redmond

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Macmillan Cancer Support
At Macmillan, we know cancer can affect everything. Your body, your relationships, your money, everything. But Macmillan is here to help people live life, no matter what. We give you the support you need to hold on to who you are and what’s important. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. Almost half of us will get cancer, and we need your help to make sure that people get the support they need to face one of the toughest fights of their lives. Life with cancer is still life -let’s help people live it. We are a charity registered in England and Wales (261017), Scotland (SCO39907) and the Isle of Man (604).
MS Society
The MS Society is the UK's largest organisation dedicated to supporting the 100,000 people, their families and carers affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is the most common neurological disorder among young adults and is usually diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 45. Our key services and projects include a national freephone helpline, support for young people caring for families or relatives with MS, funding a dedicated MRI scanner for the diagnosis of MS, providing award-winning information publications and offering welfare grants for home adapdations and wheelchairs.
Help for Heroes
Help for Heroes (H4H) was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry after a profoundly moving visit to Selly Oak Hospital in the summer of 2007. Bryn and Emma met some extraordinarily brave young people who had been badly wounded and they just wanted to do something to help. "It’s about the blokes, our men and women of the Armed Forces. It’s about Derek, a rugby player who has lost both his legs, it’s about Carl whose jaw is wired up so he has been drinking through a straw. It’s about Richard who was handed a mobile phone as he lay on the stretcher so he could say goodbye to his wife. It’s about Ben, it’s about Steven and Andy and Mark, it’s about them all. They are just blokes but they are our blokes; they are our heroes. We want to help our heroes."
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Big Dave's Little Stroll - End 2 End 2015

Fundraiser: 
Dave Redmond

My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/bigdaveslittlestroll

Hi there and thanks for visiting my page.

 

The Challenge

On 30th June 2014 I embarked on a journey from John O' Groats to Lands End... on foot... carrying a rucksack and a tent... on my own.

The plan was to cover just over 1100 miles in as close to 50 days as I possibly could. I would be sleeping under canvas or in a bivvi under the stars every night. I wouldn't have the support of vehicle or team to lighten the load along the way. It was supposed to be just me, myself and I (plus a bergen full of kit) and it should have averaged out to about 22 miles a day over as varied terrain as the Highlands of Scotland, the Offa's Dyke path in Wales and the South Coastal Path of Devon and Cornwall.

That was the plan... and it started well.

Unfortunately less than 13 miles into the trek, just outside a little hamlet called Keiss on the A99 between John O'Groats and Wick, I was struck from behind by a camper van causing me to sustain multiple injuries which left me incapable of continuing the walk. The driver of the camper van didn't even stop.

So... is that the end of it?

Big Dave's Little Stroll struck down before it even really started?

Not on your life son! Super Wife is onside... Big Dave need some time to heal up and get back on the training/dieting/blogging... but Big Dave's Little Stroll is definitely pencilled in for the latter part of 2015! This time round he may allow himself the odd B&B here and there instead of a bivvi every night but other than that it's business as usual!

So if you haven't donated already please do because it's all in aid of three amazing Great British charities, the MS Society, Macmillan Cancer Support and Help for Heroes.

You can follow Big Dave's progress at http://bigdaveslittlestroll.blogspot.co.uk/

You should also check out this amazing charity single by the Sons of the Late Colonel called 500 Miles (#GoBigDave) - http://bigdaveslittlestroll.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/500-miles-gobigdave-fantastic-charity.html

About me

I'm a 31 year old barrister and research student from the Luton and Dunstable area. I'm happily married and have a darling little daughter who will be just over 2 and half years old when I leave for the second time, and I'll also have had my son by then as well, who will be about 9-10 months - so emotionally it will be tough - not only for me but for Super Wife as well. Physically, I am a unit rather than an athlete. I currently weigh in at 19.5 stones of general bulk (I was 24.5 when I began prepping for the first attempt!) and as such I am far from a lean, mean hiking machine. I don't belong to any rambling clubs and I haven't done anything this audacious since I was 15 years old, at which time I decided to cycle to North Devon on my sister's mountain bike motivated by the pressing need to impress a Bideford girl. So physically it will be tough. AND I'll be on my own, day in day out, for over 1100 miles (although I might get occasional company if I'm lucky on some days). So mentally it will be tough. Long and short of it... this is going to be tough.

 

Why?

You may be asking why I want to do something like this?

First and foremost, the three charities I am raising money for are amazing organisations that have helped several of the people who are nearest and dearest to me. I believe that Macmillan, the MS Society and our veterans deserve as much support as we can give them. These organisations concentrate on helping the people of our nation at some of the most difficult times of their lives.

Personally, I had a bit of a wake up call at the end of 2013 following a health scare. Thankfully, in the end, it all turned out okay, but it shocked me enough to make me sit up and re-evaluate my life. As silly as it may sound I realised I'm not a boy any more. If I want to do something; if I want to help someone; if I want to change something; if I want to achieve something... I need to do it now. It is no use putting things off until tomorrows that may never come. I didn't want to take stock one day and realise that another half decade had just drifted by.

So - these are the charities that I believe in. This is what I want to do, and what I believe I can do, to help them. This is what I am going to do... and no poxy idiot armed with a camper van is going to stop me.

 

Your support

Of course, I'm just a fat man wobbling through the wilderness without the support of all you lovely people so please give what you can to the cause. No amount is too small and every donation is appreciated.

Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.

If you really fancy getting behind me, why not join many others in posting me a #GoBigDave selfie? It was a massive morale boost getting ready for the last attempt and it would be absolutely bloody marvellous :)

 

Finally

I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.

Recent donors

08.08.14 I heard of your amazing exploits (duly suspended by crazy campervanman) from Mike & claire Beaver and just wanted to support your brave challenge

05.07.14 Get well soon matey here's a little gift to help from a Real Biker Nods

05.07.14

03.07.14 For charging a much lower price for the printing of the official sponsors t-shirt because it was for charity - the difference will go in the fund :)

03.07.14 This lovely couple helped me at my time of need and then refused to keep the payment for their camp site - so here it is as a donation to these causes - thank you both x

01.07.14 Take your time to heal, brush yourself off & go again! Your efforts are much appreciated & will make a difference! In case your wondering I'm your mums cousin ;-)

29.06.14 Good Luck Dave!

28.06.14 Good luck Dave little something to help you on you way.

28.06.14 Good luck mate, great charities!

28.06.14 Good luck!

28.06.14 Totally blown away by this - and seeing the picture of you saying goodbye to your little one on FB last night has given me the push to part with some money :) Good luck!

28.06.14 Good luck Dave!

28.06.14 Good Luck Dave!!!!!!

28.06.14 Go Dave, go! Have an amazing journey! :-D

28.06.14 It's amazing what you're doing Dave. Hope you smash the target like you'll smash those miles!!! All the best for the walk x x

28.06.14 Good Luck Dave, brilliant idea and great charities xx

27.06.14 Dear Dave, sorry my donation is at the last minute but we've had a couple of tough months here and it's only now (just in time!) that I've had the spare cash to help support all three of the great causes you're doing the walk for!! Go Big Dave!!! :D xxxx

24.06.14 Good luck, Dave, from your old BVC mate!

23.06.14 Sorry its not a lot

21.06.14

21.06.14 Good luck Dave! Epic challenge for some fantastic causes. Remember that the pain is temporary but the pride will last forever!

19.06.14 For Big Dave and his efforts. Top Bloke enduring a hideous challenge for worthy causes. I wouldn't want to be washing his underwear after this tho........

17.06.14 Good luck Dave Wishing you all the luck with the walk.

16.06.14 You can do this!!!

11.06.14

£2,947.00

Running total

Target:
£5,000.00
Total raised incl. Gift Aid:
£3,460.25
Total donors:
135
Last donor:
David Knights
08.08.14  
Offline fundraising:
£0.00