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‘Blind Dave’ gears up for Wheels for Change

Fundraising hero is at it again

BAGGIES fan ‘Blind Dave’ Heeley is no stranger to challenges. 

And the man who famously ran seven marathons in seven days is now preparing for the 100km cycling event, Wheels for Change.

In aid of UNICEF and supported by Barclays, the challenge will be one of seven cycling events taking place simultaneously across the UK, all starting at Barclays Premier League affiliated grounds on Saturday, May 24. 

Dave, who bashfully admits to being ’39 and 204 months’ (that’s 56), sets off from The Hawthorns with tandem partner Steve Dugmore, aka Duggie. 

The event promises to be a fantastic challenge for cyclists as well as raise funds for UNICEF, the world’s leading organisation working for children and adolescents.

‘Blind Dave’ is looking forward to putting the wheels in motion for what he hopes will be another successful fundraiser.

“I’m really looking forward to it," he said. 

“The bike is ready to go and so am I.

“UNICEF does amazing work and money raised through the Wheels for Change challenge will help build a brighter future for some of the world’s most disadvantaged young people. 

“Donations will help them to develop skills and provide start-up funding and grants to help get their small businesses started.”

The Wheels for Change West Bromwich route takes cyclists through Langley Green, Rowley Village, Dudley, Trysull, Halfpenny Green, Bobbington, Wolverley and on past Churchill, up St Kenelms Pass, round to Hunnington via Romsley and back to The Hawthorns.

Registrations for the event have now closed, but you can head to The Hawthorns on Saturday to cheer him on. 

The event will start and finish at the Birmingham Road Car Park which is adjacent to the site of the The Hawthorns Hotel. 

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