Charity and Fundraising
Doing it for charity – the Wellhouse way
In over a decade, Wellhouse staff have raised over £50,000 for a variety of selected charities – local, national and international. David happily admits he might not look like a marathon runner, but his list of achievements is immense. A regular in the annual London Marathon since 2007, in 2011 he ran 12 marathons in six months, raising £20,000 for the Dreams Come True charity.
Then, in 2012, he completed ten marathons in as many days for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance fund. As David puts it: “These runs are for charity, but I like to think when I put my mind to anything, I can do it. And that’s an ethos that, I hope, translates into Wellhouse Leisure. We really are the campervan company who can! “Many, many thanks to all staff as well as our customers, plus corporate sponsors, who have helped along the way with generous donations.”
2011 – Run 12 Marathons in 6 months to raise £20,000 for Dreams Come True
I had this crazy idea of running 12 marathons in approximately 6 months to raise £20,000 for the charity Dreams Come True. They help children who are seriously or terminally ill to realise their dreams. If you’re ever having a bad day at work or need a reality check just have a look at their website at www.dctc.org.uk.
Marathons completed to date:
06 Mar – Steyning Stinger – 5hr 50
13 Mar – Duchy Marathon – 5hr 40
17 Apr – London Marathon – 5hr 30
02 May – Belfast Marathon – 4hr 48
22 May – Edinburgh Marathon – 4hr 52
25 Jun – Malvern Marathon – DF – see below!
Marathons still to run:
21 Aug – Northumberland Coast Marathon
11 Sep – Yorkshireman Marathon
18 Sep – Ponton Plod
02 Oct – Mablethorpe
09 Oct – Chester
20 Nov – Kobe, Japan
So to date, 314.4 miles, lots of nappy rash cream, a few pairs of trainers!! The only one to date not completed was the Malvern Marathon which was all off road up the side of hills (total ascents 4000ft) some of hills were so steep you could not walk up them. Got lost at 22 miles and wandered round the Malvern forest for 3 hours and ran out of water and had to drink from a puddle I was that dehydrated! Finally found a farmer on a quad who gave me a lift and water. Must have done 28 miles in total and ready for calling for help. Never doing an off road mountain marathon ever again……..
We have organised a charity auction evening at Bagden Hall on Friday 30th September 2011 in aid of Dreams Come True and are hoping for a great evening. Information will be added as and when events, auction lots are confirmed etc, so please keep checking!
Update! We raised nearly £12,000 for Dream Come True at our charity auction evening – a huge thank you to everyone who donated lots/money and to everyone who attended – we couldn’t have done it without you.
Donations can also be made by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Astonchap – Thank you!
2012 – Run 10 marathons in 10 days for Yorkshire Air Ambulance
After completing 12 marathons in 6 months in 2011 David said he wouldn’t be undertaking any more challenges!
However, after a few too many beers David agreed to do 10 consecutive marathons in 10 days 26th April- 5th May 2012 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (260 miles) in May 2012.
There were David said it was “one of the toughest things I have ever done” but managed to complete it and raised over £4,000! Many thanks to all who donated money and to the sponsors, without them this wouldn’t have been possible.
2013 – Run 10 marathons in 10 days for Yorkshire Air Ambulance – Again!
Cycling around Yorkshire is set to be a major challenge. But for David, one of the 250 or so Huddersfield Town fans set to take up the Pink Link Pedal for Pounds 4 bike challenge, it’s not tough enough. David ran the 280 mile route!
David’s amazing feat will followed on from his run from Yeovil to Huddersfield for the same campaign in 2012, echoing the Pedal for Pounds 3 route – and raising an incredible £4,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulence and the Huddersfield Academy in the process.
David traced the route that the P4P4 cyclists traveled – an event named the The Tour of Yorkshire. He didn’t be run alone either; over the 10 days he was accompanied in the stages by Town chairmen Dean Hoyle, commercial director Sean Jarvis, club ambassador Andy Booth, Town supporting Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney, Graham Thompson of Xamax Clothing, Real Radio’s Jamie Flecter and Gemma Mainprize as well as one of his own camper vans driven by Worthington Browns Neil Worthington.
2014 – Valentines Charity Ball
The Valentines Charity Ball, held in February 2014, was about raising money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and was a celebration about the work everyone has done over the last few years to raise money for this fine cause, Huddersfield Town FC. Dean Hoyle chose to work with the YAA a few years ago and has the Keep it Up Campaign in which Dean’s pledge is to raise £1 million for the YAA. As part of this, hundreds of people have become involved in the now legendry bike rides. This includes rides to Brighton, Southend, Yeovil and the Tour round Yorkshire in all weathers. From young to old the cyclists do an amazing job for the KIU and YAA campaigns. An auction was held which helped raise even more money for this great cause.