9th Dec, 2016

Dave runs to the hills every day

Aaron Wise 13th Aug, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A DEDICATED Evesham man has raised more than £600 after completing the mammoth challenge of running up Bredon Hill every day for the whole month of July to raise awareness of rare blood conditions.

Dave Finn, an ex-marine and lecturer at South Worcestershire College’s Evesham campus, covered 150 miles and a total assent of approximately 9,300m in the gruelling feat to raise money for Funny Blood, a local cause which supports people with rare blood conditions and their families at the Haemophilia Unit in Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Mr Finn began each assent at 6pm from start points including Elmley Castle, Eckington, Little Comberton, Bredons Norton, Westmancote, Kemerton, Conderton and Ashton Underhill.

Each effort was logged on a Garmin Forerunner GPS Tracker, so he could keep time on all his routes to the summit of the hill, which accumulated to an assent higher than Mount Everest.

Founded by Mr Finn’s close friend 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’ve been wanting to challenge myself for a while now, so to support my good friend Ruby with Funny Blood was an added bonus.

“Whilst it was a huge challenge to run up Bredon Hill every day in July, I enjoyed it very much and I’m delighted we’ve pledged donations of more than £600 so far.

“I encourage everyone to challenge themselves, whether it’s to achieve a personal goal or to support a local cause. It’s been great fun.”

Visit www.facebook.com/FunnyBloodPage or www.funnyblood.co.uk for more information.