After 18 months of planning and a year of overcoming a series of gruelling challenges, former Lightcliffe man Dave Knowles has achieved his goal and raised £13,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Dave, aged 29, finished an epic year of fund-raising when he reached Nelson’s Column in London on Friday, December 13.
An account manager for Magners Cider, Dave took on 13 challenges in 2013 to raise money for research into Motor Neurone Disease in memory of his wife Danielle’s late mum who died in 2008.
Before this year Dave had only run in one marathon yet over the last 12 months he has run in the London Marathon and the Great North Run, cycled 140 miles and waded through freezing cold waist-deep mud in the Tough Guy Challenge - as well as pushing himself in new events such as the London Triathlon.
To complete a tough year, he ran 13 marathons in 13 days from his home in Tyneside to London. Dave said: “It’s been an amazing year. Discipline has been tricky but I didn’t want to have to give up and quit half-way through. I really had to train for it.
“I have had an unbelievable response and I am delighted to have smashed my £13,000 target. I wanted to raise as much money as possible to help MNDA to support and care for those people living with the disease.
“Fifty per cent of those diagnosed with MND die within 14 months, as my mother-in-law, Linda Embleton, did.”
Since Dave finished his challenges, the money has continued to roll in and he has now reached £16,877.
Dave was educated at Lightcliffe C of E School and Crossley Heath School before leaving Calderdale to study at Newcastle University. His parents Lynn and Phil Knowles live at Leeds Road, Hipperholme.
Mandy Metcalfe, regional fund-raiser for the MNDA, said: “Without the amazing support of people like Dave, the association simply would not be able to provide the vital support services and fund research to find a cure.”
To support Dave visit his page at www.justgiving.com