Show support for 'Blind Dave' in challenge homecoming
ALBION supporters are urged to give a rousing reception to Blind Dave Heeley at The Hawthorns on Saturday following his marathon exploits which wrapped up the Tri Albion Challenge.
‘Blind Dave’ will complete a lap of honour around the pitch at half-time in this weekend’s Barclays Premier League encounter against Liverpool – a homecoming which is the climax of five months of fundraising for The Albion Foundation which has so far raised in excess of a staggering £60,000 and is still rising.
Everyone at the club and the Foundation would like to place on record their gratitude to all those who have helped make the challenge a success and, of course, everyone who has contributed with a donation to such a great cause.
The Tri Albion Challenge, sponsored by Pertemps Network and Bache Pallets, kicked off with November’s first stage when a group of 20 cyclists rode 160 miles from Southampton to The Hawthorns.
Club legend Brendon Batson led the team of cyclists, which also included ‘Blind Dave’ and blind Paralympian Darren Harris, all the way from Hampshire to The Hawthorns and arrived back in time for kick-off as Albion beat Saints 1-0.
The following week saw stage two get underway with the Foundation’s blind football team successfully walking to every primary school in Sandwell in the space of just five days.
Guided by the Foundation’s disability coaches and blind team captain Simon Hill, the team experienced a whole spectrum of wintry weather conditions as they walked through snow, rain, wind and even sun to battle their way to all 119 schools.
‘Blind Dave’ then duly picked up the Baggies Baton in the third and final challenge, making history by becoming the first British blind athlete to successfully complete the Marathon des Sables.
Commonly known as the toughest foot race on earth, taking him across the Sahara Desert, Dave sweated his way through an astonishing 156 miles in just five days as he finished just outside the top thousand places.
Dave said: “The Albion Foundation holds a special place in my heart. I am a big West Bromwich Albion fan and any way that I can help the Foundation continue the fantastic work that they carry out in the community will go a long way.”
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