A Gloucestershire personal trainer is to make a bike-based attempt to conquer the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in under 60 hours.
Dave McKinnon will be undertaking what he has dubbed the 'Elite Challenge' in the hope of raising £100,000 towards a second mobile chemotherapy unit in Gloucestershire for Tetbury-based cancer charity, Hope for Tomorrow. The unit would provide life-saving chemotherapy treatment to cancer patients who have to travel as much as up to 20-30 miles a day. It would be operated by the Goucesteshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire and would be able to treat up to 20 patients a day.
Dave aims to scale the Three Peaks in July, but instead of driving between the peaks, he will be cycling, aiming to cover in excess of 450 miles in under 60 hours.
He said: “I am looking forward to training in the local countryside, but the challenge promises to be pretty gruelling, even for an ex-Army man, like myself! However, we have carefully chosen to help this particular local charity after my good friend, Andy, was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The charity and its staff do so much to help people in Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas, who suffer from this terrible illness, so we are delighted to be able to offer our full and undivided support.”
Christine Mills, founder of Hope for Tomorrow, said: "I wish David McKinnon every success in taking on The Elite Challenge and his target to raise such an amazing figure towards our Mobile Chemotherapy Project. This will bring much needed chemotherapy treatment closer to the homes of local cancer patients.”
Learn more about Dave's challenge at www.elitechallenge.co.uk