Dad to run 1,500 miles to raise cash for charity which can help daughter

March 07 2019
Dad to run 1,500 miles to raise cash for charity which can help daughter

An employee of a St Peter’s car dealership will be taking to the road to run a planned 1,500 miles this year for a charity which supports people with a condition his daughter has been diagnosed with.

Dave Pountney, parts manager at Startin Suzuki St Peter’s Worcester in Bath Road, will be pounding the streets in aid of JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charity, which funds medical research.

His daughter, Ellie, aged eight, was diagnosed with the condition in 2017, so the cause has  personal motivation for him.

Mr Pountney has an impressive track record in fundraising, having generated more than £75,000 for several charities over the past five years, completing 150 miles of charity walks.

The 40-year-old puts in an average of 30 miles of training each week, starting 2019 by taking part in the Gloucester half-marathon road race.

Between now and December, he plans to take part in at least another eight events, including marathons around the country, in the light and dark, as well as the notoriously gruelling Three Peaks Challenge in July.

Mr Pountney said: “JDRF is a charity that’s very close to my heart and through everyone’s combined fundraising efforts and continued medical research, a cure will hopefully be found, so that those living with type 1 diabetes, including my daughter, do not have to grow up with this terrible disease.

“It has taken many evenings and weekends to build up and maintain my fitness and I could not have got to where I am today without the tremendous support of my family, friends and colleagues.”

He has previously played various sports, including football, and took up running last March to keep active.

He said: “I’ve  lost four stone since then so it’s obviously done me some good.”

Richard Eldridge, dealer principal of Startin Suzuki St Peter’s Worcester, added: “We wish Dave the best of luck as he embarks on his many miles of running and we encourage everyone to make a donation, no matter how small, to what is an extremely worthwhile cause.

“Just like his work ethic, he has certainly put in the hours and shown exceptional dedication. I am sure that everyone will be very proud of Dave when they look back at the end of the year and see what he’s achieved.”

To make a donation on Dave Pountney’s fundraising page and help him exceed his target of £1,000, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jdrf2019?utm_id=121.

For the latest updates on Dave Pountney’s progress during 2019, follow his Twitter page, @DJMPountney.