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Royal approval for for Blind Dave's Top2Toe

 

IMG 2435Ideal for All patron Blind Dave Heeley celebrated his birthday last week with both a trip to Clarence House to meet HRH the Prince of Wales and he hosted his ‘Grande Finale’ top2toe fundraising dinner for Macmillan Cancer Support at the city’s Macdonald Burlington Hotel – all in 24hours!

Dave met Prince Charles, who is also Macmillan’s Patron, as part of the Charities Centenary celebrations, and of course HRH congratulated Dave on successfully completing his top2toe challenge for Macmillan, which took place in August.

What a night of celebration it was at the Macdonald Burlington ! Over 200 supporters attended this spectacular event , which helped ‘top’ Dave’s fundraising target - and what a target!

To a roll of drums from former ELO and The Move drummer Bev Bevan, a cheque was presented to Macmillan Cancer Support for an amazing £107,375!

Dave commented “the last 18 months have been a real adventure, and to complete the challenge of 10 marathons and hundreds of miles of cycling in just 10 days feels fantastic and has made me very proud, particularly knowing that this sort of money will make a massive difference to the lives of people living with cancer. To meet Prince Charles on the day of the ‘Grande Finale’ event was the icing on the cake”

Another incredible highlight of the evening was when Event MC Adrian Goldberg introduced a very special corporate supporter to the audience – the man who donated £10,000 to Macmillan for Dave’s top2toe challenge Gold Pendant, which he wore from John O’Groats to Lands End. Amazingly that same man presented the framed pendant back to Dave to keep as a reminder of his incredible journey!

That gesture really ‘capped’ an adventure that brought many, many special people together to support Dave and make an incredible difference to people’s lives.

A Macmillan spokesman said “ Dave is an inspirational person who open’s doors to help others. His leadership has made this incredible challenge happen and his achievement will most certainly help to improve the lives of people living with cancer. He continues to show others that anything is possible and has inspired us all to come together and make that difference – thank you so much Dave.”

Sandwell Council Leader Councillor Darren Cooper announced this week that Dave will be Sandwell's next honorary freeman.


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