Our financial controller David Bright is swopping his calculator for walking boots and a rucksack over the August bank holiday.
He’s embarking on a 62-mile hiking challenge for the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and will walk from Eastbourne to Brighton – 34.1 miles – on the Saturday, then Brighton to Arundel – 27.9 miles – on the Sunday.
Dave said: “It’s basically two and a half marathons in total with a few cliff climbs thrown in.”
Training is going well. Dave has already completed about 35 hikes of between 22 and 38 miles over the past 14 months.
“The biggest challenge is attempting this twice in two days but I am fully committed and determined to cross that finishing line,” he said.
“I enjoy walking and wanted to set myself a real challenge. This 100km hike over two days on August bank holiday weekend seems the perfect test.
“As I work for a hearing company, it is fitting that I chose this charity and all donations will be very gratefully received, so please help me to reach my target and, I hope, beyond.”
And committed Dave didn’t let a holiday in Cornwall put him off his training.
“I did manage a fair bit of walking,” he said. “I also did my usual 22-mile hike, power walking most of it, to record my personal best, so all going extremely well.”
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a world leader in training dogs to alert deaf recipients to important sounds and danger signals. They help provide life-changing levels of independence, confidence and companionship. The dogs also help reduce the feelings of isolation and loneliness that deafness can bring.
If you would like to donate Dave has set up a just giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Davidbright1965