Countdown! David’s digging deep – please dig deep to support him

Ben Nevis - South Face. Just ONE of the challenges David will face on the 23rd...

DAVID McNAMARA from Maidenhead, father of one of our Bader Braves, has taken on the amazing 3 Peaks Challenge on behalf of his son and to raise much needed funds for the Foundation and, in particular, the Braves project. David’s son is something of a Braves veteran having participated in a number of our Young Aviators Days as well as the Winter Wonderland Weekend earlier this year at Kielder.

The clock’s ticking and soon all David’s training will be put to the test as he’ll undertake this very tough challenge on the 23rd April. Unfortunately his trial run up Snowdon had to be cancelled as Morgan wasn’t well but he’s back on course now and enthusiastic to get on with it.

DAVID, a keen fitness enthusiast, said, “Morgan and the family have enjoyed the Bader Braves events enormously and we have all gained so much from them. The Douglas Bader Foundation do a great job in providing the funding for these events and I felt that I just wanted to do something to show our appreciation and try to make a contribution myself so that other kids can benefit”.

Above you’ll see an image of Ben Nevis. Remember this is just ONE of the mountains that David will be climbing on Monday 23rd! To attempt to climb the 3 highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in one day represents a phenomenal effort:

  • Ben Nevis (1,344 metres, 4,409 ft), the highest mountain in Scotland
  • Scafell Pike (978 m, 3,209 ft), the highest mountain in England
  • Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa (1,085 m, 3,560 ft), the highest mountain in Wales

The total distance walked is estimated at 42 kilometres (26 mi)or 44 km (27 mi), with a total ascent of 9,800 feet (3,000 m).

(Above taken from Wikipedia – to go to the entry where you can read more about the challenge, please click on the picture of Ben Nevis above)

All at the Douglas Bader Foundation are deeply indebted to David who is doing the challenge to raise funds for our BADER BRAVES initiative. We are also very grateful to Angela and the family for their support – I don’t think there could be a better champion than Angela – and not least, of course, to David’s driver, Tony White. Tony will also be undertaking something of a challenge in driving David the not inconsiderable distances required to get him from one mountain to another. Being a double below elbow amputee himself, Tony was particularly keen to be involved with the challenge and we extremely grateful to him and wish him well too.


David is going to be digging very deep on the 23rd to raise money for a very worthy cause.

Please, please dig deep yourselves to acknowledge and support his phenomenal efforts.

* You can show your support by helping David raise as much as he can in support of DBF
– get behind him by visiting his Just Giving page at *

* You can read a previous post where you can see Angela’s comments to get an idea of his preparations and quite what has been involved in this effort by clicking HERE

* We will also be posting a report about the climb when David has come down to earth – almost literally – and recovered enough to write (or dictate!) one so please keep checking in.

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  16 comments for “Countdown! David’s digging deep – please dig deep to support him

  1. angela mcnamaras
    April 19, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Hi I am over the moon with the article Wendy has done today.Let’s hope the weather is going to be completely rained out by Sunday.We are taking each day as it comes now,keeping David well and healthy,lots if good food and positive thinking,I am very excited for David and tony it is a great experience .please help this charity which helps so many children have some great times .Thanks Angela

  2. angela mcnamaras
    April 20, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Hi everyone,today davids last big run before the challenge ,we are talking treatment feet ,food ,injury,and safety issues ,David is really just focused on the challenge he never looks at anything going wrong ,so I will do the worrying for him.Sammy is writing lists for his dad,Morgan looks at his dad can do anything and it will go well.keep you updated angela

  3. angela mcnamaras
    April 21, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Good morning 1 day until David leaves,so getting ready.I am hoping to get a few donations today so keep looking at the website Angela

  4. angela mcnamaras
    April 21, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Hi everyone it is just after midnight on Saturday night all packed and ready to leave alarm is set for 5am and David and tony will leave at 6am,a change of plan is for them to travel straight to Ben Nevis and David will start the climb at around 6pm Sunday evening then travelling to SCarfell pike and then on to snowdon I would think by midday on Monday for the final climb .David will keep in contact with me after each climb and I will keep the site updated thanks Angela mcnamara

  5. angela mcnamaras
    April 22, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Good morning everyone David and Tony have left on time this morning and it is a lovely day ,David took so much luggage with him in the car ,I think he is thinking of staying on the Mountains.update later angela

  6. angela mcnamaras
    April 22, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Hi everyone David and tony arrived safely and David started the climb at 4.10 pm as the weather was closing in ,I an so excited for him Angela mcnamara

  7. angela mcnamaras
    April 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Have just spoke to David he was about 45mins from the top but bad weather,I have just done a collection from our neighbours and collected 26.50 so doing well today,David is going to call me when he gets back down will keep you all updated Angela

  8. angela mcnamaras
    April 22, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Hi everyone David is down and safe 4hrs 40 mins ,he has changed clothes eaten and they are starting the journey to the lakes he hopes to start at 2.30/3am so all good so far but he has blisters angela

  9. angela mcnamaras
    April 23, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Good morning everyone I have lost contact with them at the moment but will keep trying and will update progress when I can. Angela

  10. angela mcnamaras
    April 23, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Hi everyone I have found them they are nearly at snowdon so all good going ,Dave is going to contact me when he finishes thank-you angela

  11. angela mcnamaras
    April 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Snowdon has been started so nearly over will update later angela

  12. angela mcnamaras
    April 23, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Have spoke to David he is well on the way down so not long now angela

  13. angela mcnamaras
    April 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Hi everyone have not heard for last 2 hours so I am somewhat alarmed but I am sure they are in the pub having a drink to celebrate will let you all know later angela

  14. angela mcnamaras
    April 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Hi everyone sorry it has taken me along time to give you update.All done and dusted and completed in 23hours 40mins which is excellent but considering he was lost for a while today on scarfell all in all well done ,have just spoke to them.both and they seem very weary.will keep everyone updated.just giving will be open until 23rd of may so please keep donating.thank-you angela

  15. angela mcnamaras
    April 24, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Hi David and tony have arrived home pretty shattered at about 11.30pm .hot food and bath,clean dressings on the blisters and bed,and while this was going on our cat decided to have her kittens so just gained 4 new members of the family ,what a welcome home present .WIll give you a much more detailed insight into the challenge later today,as I need to get some sleep now Angela

  16. angela mcnamaras
    April 24, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Hi just to let you know David has had his rest had plenty to eat and drink ,blisters redressed and he has now gone to the pool with Sammy our younger son to swim,hot tub and sauna then back home to watch the big match chelsea and Barcelona so fingers crossed.have done a small collection today from some neighbours thanks angela

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