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David Cobbald

35th Marathon Des Sables 2020

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]As a result of COVID19 the 35th MdS has been postponed to 18th September 2020. I am still very much planning to be there at the start line![/p][p][url=https://www.marathondessablesdc.com/gallery]https://www.marathondessablesdc.com[/url][/p][p]On 6th of April 2018, my youngest daughter was born. 2 days later she stopped breathing and needed to be looked after in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. The staff in NICU were absolutely incredible and the care our daughter received was exemplary. She is now a beautiful healthy and very vocal 1 year old, keeping us all very busy. [/p][p]When I heard that they were looking to raise £12.5 million to redevelop and expand the intensive care units at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital I was immediately committed to raising money for them. The Critical Care Campaign will transform the outdated NICU facility, increasing the space by 40% and installing additional cots so that we can provide life-saving care to 150 more babies every year, as well as providing better clinical space and family facilities.[/p][p]I am looking to specifically buy an Incubator machine for the Neonatal Unit, which costs £25,000, and makes your generous donations more tangible in the knowledge of what it is going to provide. [/p][p]Entering the 35th MdS scheduled for April 2020,(moved to September 2020) an Ultra Marathon event of 158miles which is 129.8 miles LONGER than a standard marathon across the Sahara in temperatures that reach an average of 47 degrees, is no small undertaking. I have never even done a Marathon before![/p][p]I cannot think of anything more challenging to undertake in order to secure maximum interest and support for my charities.[/p][p]8p from every pound you donate will go to fund £2000 of the £4,475 entry fee, and will be paid by the Charity directly. The remainder is self-funded, including over £1,800 of personal equipment, food and insurance I will need for the event itself. [/p][p][br][/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

03 Apr 2020



Jul 6, 2020


Good Luck

£3950.00 plus £987.50 Gift Aid

Mar 5, 2020


Go David!


Mar 5, 2020


£250.00 plus £62.50 Gift Aid

Mar 4, 2020


Good luck DC. I’m sure you’ll smash it.

Mar 4, 2020


Good Luck!!!!

£250.00 plus £62.50 Gift Aid

Mar 3, 2020


Just an awesome effort and what a brilliant cause to do it for.

£1000.00 plus £250.00 Gift Aid

Feb 27, 2020


Best of luck DC, hell of a challenge and a great cause!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Feb 27, 2020

Doug Macintosh

Best of luck!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Feb 25, 2020


Best of luck!

£125.00 plus £31.25 Gift Aid

Feb 18, 2020

Jeff Highfield