Unlike the Proclaimers walking 500 miles, Westbourne based David Smith, will be attempting to run 500 miles across the UK for two great causes next month in only 21 days.

David, who turns 50 later this year, found endurance running later on in life and is determined to turn his new passion into a fantastic fundraising challenge for both Forest Holme Hospice in Poole and Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

David said; ‘Running is just something I love to do. With me approaching my 50th year, it has given me a new focus in life and I’m determined to complete this challenge to the best of my ability within the 21 days. I’m really looking forward to the whole experience and hope that my efforts can help raise much needed funds for both charities.”

Working out at over a marathon a day, David will kick off his 500 mile journey by descending the zip wire at the end of Bournemouth Pier at 12noon on Saturday 9 April. Originally from Scotland, but having lived in Dorset for 20 years, David felt the time was right to take on this gruelling challenge of running from one end of the country to the other. He plans to arrive in George Square in Glasgow on Saturday 30 April, having run via both children’s hospices based in Kinross and Loch Lomond.

Forest Holme Hospice Charity’s Manager, Anne Currie said; “We’d like thank David for taking on this truly inspirational challenge on behalf of both charities. Having the ability to run one marathon is an achievement in itself, but to do 21 in a row is really something else. We wish David all the very best for his big run and for supporting the life-enhancing work of Forest Holme Hospice.”

CHAS’ Head of Community Fundraising, Sarah Secombes added; “Good luck to David in his taking on this challenge for CHAS and Forest Holme Hospice. It’s an incredible feat and we are so grateful for all his efforts. All the money raised for CHAS will help to support children with life-shortening conditions in Scotland when they need it most, so a huge thank -you from all of us.”

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