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.
GO THE TEAM!!!
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 http://www.justgiving.com/david-mcnamara0 *
* 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.
Tags: 3 Peaks Challenge, Bader Braves, Ben Nevis, Douglas Bader, Scafell Pike, Snowdon, Young Aviators Day