3rd Dec, 2016

Dave faces mammoth change to raise Funny Blood funds

Aaron Wise 25th Jun, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A DEDICATED Evesham man is preparing for the mammoth challenge of running up Bredon Hill every day in July to raise awareness of rare blood conditions.

Dave Finn, a lecturer at South Worcestershire College’s Evesham campus, will cover 150 miles and a total ascent of approximately 9,300metres in the gruelling feat to raise money for Funny Blood.

The local cause supports people with rare blood conditions and their families at the Haemophilia Unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Mr Finn will begin each assent at 6pm from start points including Elmley Castle, Eckington, Little Comberton, Bredon’s Norton, Westmancote, Kemerton, Conderton and Ashton Under Hill.

Each effort will be logged on a Garmin Fore Runner GPS Tracker, so he can keep time on all his routes to the summit of the hill.

Founded by Mr Finn’s close friends Ruby Edwards in 2009 when her son Noah was diagnosed with a number of complex Platelet Function Disorders (PFD) and Thrombocytopenia, Funny Blood raises awareness of the little-known condition to help Noah and others living with PFD.

Mr Finn said: “I’m taking on the challenge for Funny Blood because it’s a local good cause very close to my heart.

“When running up Bredon Hill for 31 days, I’ll take on various start points to the summit tower and back.

“Most routes are between four to six miles with an assent of approximately 300metres.

“The world’s highest mountain Mount Everest has a total assent of 8,848m, I’ll be facing approximately 9,300m, which gives you an idea of the challenge I face.

“Your support and donations will be most gratefully received and if you want to come and shout encouragement, abuse or even run with me on one of the days, it will certainly help me,” he added.

Visit www.facebook.com/FunnyBloodPage to keep up to date with Mr Finn’s challenge.

Alternatively, visit www.funnyblood.co.uk for more information on Funny Blood.