Our very own Dave Taylor took to one wheel on New Year’s Day to raise funds for St Oswald’s.
The annual Ponteland Wheelbarrow Race on New Year’s Day saw Hospice Chef, Dave, 49 and his passenger Clare Richardson join 51 other pairs in the one mile dash starting at the Blackbird Inn in the village. The event has run for over 700 years and is one of Ponteland’s biggest social occasions of the year.
This year’s race, organised by Ponteland Rugby Club and Ponteland 41 Club, along with the Blackbird Inn, has raised almost £2,000, to be shared between St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle and Tynedale Hospice at Home in Hexham.
It is the fourth year that Dave has entered, and for three of these, he has pushed his barrow with a full sized kitchen sink strapped to his back. 2017 will mark a quarter of a century’s service at St Oswald’s for Senior Chef Dave and he has pledged to raise £25,000 for us by the end of the year.
“I partnered with Clare, who also volunteers at the Hospice and has taken part in their treks too, so it was a bit of a dream team. I’ve done it with the sink on my back for three years now, so I like to think I’ve perfected the technique.”
“Over the years, I have done all sorts to raise funds for the Hospice and ticked many things of my Life List, including the London Marathon, Kilimanjaro trek, the Great North Run and Coast 2 Coast. I have worked for the Hospice for twenty-five years and it’s been a big part of mine and my family’s life. It feels good to be able to give something back, particularly as I see first-hand every day the important work the team do and how the money raised by supporters directly benefits the patients.”
Although not quite as gruelling as some of his previous challenges, as a Ponteland resident, the wheelbarrow race is a favourite of Dave’s. He added:
“The wheelbarrow race is such a tradition in Ponteland and it really brings the whole community together. There is always a fantastic atmosphere and it’s a brilliant way to kick off a new year and raise funds for the hospice. I turn 50 in 2017, so it seems fitting to celebrate my big birthday with a big donation to a charity so close to my heart.”
Thank you to Ponteland Rugby Club, Ponteland 41 Club and The Blackbird Inn for organising the race, the local businesses who sponsored the barrows and to all of our volunteers and the people who turned up to cheer the competitors on. We are delighted to have raised such a lot towards the work of St Oswald’s.
If you are inspired by Dave and his fundraising, we have a range of challenges and events designed to help you make your resolutions come true in 2017. Visit our Life List page for more information.
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