Dave Reading

Charities

The RAF Association
The RAF Association is dedicated to supporting serving and former RAF personnel and their families. Whether it’s an injured airman fighting to get back onto his feet, a young daughter missing her parent away on overseas operations or a WWII veteran needing a shoulder to lean on, we are there to help. Membership of the RAF Association offers a wide range of benefits for all those with an interest in supporting our aims. It is also a membership organisation. With around 70,000 members and 500 branches in the United Kingdom, throughout Europe and further afield, membership offers a wide range of benefits for serving or former RAF personnel and those with an interest in aviation.
Walking With The Wounded
Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) was established in 2010 to raise funds to finance the re-training of wounded servicemen and women and in so doing assist them in acquiring the skills and qualifications necessary to find new careers outside the military. Our ability to fundraise effectively ensures we can finance new qualifications, courses and further education through our First Steps Bursary Scheme as well as via organisations and projects; such as The Warrior Programme and The Poppy Factory. This enables the blind, the burn victims, the mentally injured, the amputees and all the other wounded to rebuild their lives and return to the work place and in so doing provide long-term security for themselves and their families. In conjunction with individual fundraising events, Walking With The Wounded also promotes awareness of the charity, our wounded community and the challenges faced by all those living with disability by undertaking high profile expeditions with wounded veterans and serving soldiers that are generously funded by corporate donors. These corporate sponsorships allow private donations such as yours to go exclusively towards the work we do helping re-educate and retrain our injured veterans. Following the success of our previous expeditions to the North Pole in 2011 and Mount Everest in 2012, this year’s expedition, the South Pole Allied Challenge, is our most ambitious yet, and involves three teams of wounded servicemen and women from the United Kingdom, the United States and the Commonwealth embarking on a race to the Geographic South Pole this December. At a time when so many charities are asking for people's generosity, we are hugely grateful for any donations which are made. Please follow our build up to the expedition at www.walkingwiththewounded.co.uk Many thanks for your support.
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Father of eight, Dave Reading to run Lands End to John O’Groats to raise awareness for PTSD and other mental health issues faced by members of the armed forces.

No stranger to long runs, Dave, 49, from Dereham Norfolk started running marathons in 2014 to get fit as he quit a 60-cigarette-a-day habit.

Now he is in training to start his 837 mile challenge on Thursday 6 April 2017 when he hopes to complete 2006 world record-holder Sharon Gayter’s time of 12 days and 16 hours 22 minutes and 3 seconds.

Dave is raising money for Walking With The Wounded and the Royal Air Force Association. uk.virginmoneygiving.com/dave-reading.

He said: “I was seriously unfit and thought, “I’ve got all these children, I really need to sort this out. My running has changed all our lives for the better. We work hard on our nutrition and healthy diets these days. We are all so much fitter and happier.”

Dave has run the AJ Bell Triathlon 2015, the Bournemouth marathon 2015 and the London marathon 2015 and 2016. Dave is also running the Bournemouth Marathon 2016 and the Birmingham Half Marathon 2016. He plans to reach John O’Groats on 18 April 2017, take a short rest and then tackle the London Marathon on 23 April 2017.

Dave explained: “The planning for this challenge started some time ago. Whilst talking to colleagues I realised what a massive issue PTSD and other mental health issues are in the armed forces. Until recently this hasn't been addressed very well. So by undertaking this massive mental and physical challenge I am not only attempting to raise lots of money but also to share awareness of not only the physical sacrifices made by our service personnel but also the health problems that that are not visible to the eye".

Dave and his wife Terrie and their family are:

Alex 16, Charlie 14, George 13, Harry 8, Chloe 11, Layla 9, Maisey 5, Gracie 4.

He already has sponsors and support from his running coach Neil Featherby of Sportlink Running-Fitness, Paul Fawcett Strength and conditioning coach, Torq Fitness and nutrition, and First Self Drive of Norwich who are providing all support vehicle’s.

Recent donors

25.03.17 Good luck to Hockering's star athlete and a great advert for Service life. Best wishes for the record attempt.

25.03.17 I wish you and yours all the best and will be watching you're progress as you go. Your namesake

23.03.17 Seen you on the BBC - inspiration to us all. Good luck!

17.02.17 Good luck Dave with your epic challenge. It is an honour and a privilege to be able to work with you and support you on your World Record Attempt. We are quite literally ' Right Behind You'.

09.02.17 This is not just about attempting to break the world record it is more about the raising funds and awareness for life effecting mental health conditions, such as PTSD. And we will do this as a team, which includes everyone that makes a donation!

04.02.17 Awesome work....loving your journey... thanks to Mark for the photo's xx

21.01.17 Best of luck, awesome challenge. Makes my cycling attempt in May look like a piece of cake!

19.01.17 Good Luck Dave!

19.01.17 It takes someone special to do this for other people. and he needs the support of all of us to help him fulfill it. Every penny counts. Good luck Dave.

13.11.16 Happy running, Dave!

05.11.16 Well done Dave

05.11.16 Go Dave, you are awesome. The Kettle is on, see you soon :-)

05.11.16 Good Luck Dave. You are amazing.

05.11.16 Wish it cld be more but good luck

05.11.16 Good Luck Dave & well done xx

31.10.16 Good luck Dad

£1,467.72

Running total

Target:
£10,000.00
Total raised incl. Gift Aid:
£1,520.22
Total donors:
16
Last donor:
Tom McMahon
25.03.17  
Offline fundraising:
£1,127.72
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