Head coach Carlos Corberán and skipper Dara O’Shea were on hand to send off Team Blind Dave in style as the prolific charity fundraiser heads to Huddersfield to complete the Baggies Cycle Challenge back to The Hawthorns in aid of The Albion Foundation.
“Blind Dave” Heeley and fellow tandem rider Steve Dugmore visited the club’s training ground on Wednesday, before making the trip to Yorkshire to begin their 140-mile journey to the Black Country, arriving in time for kick-off against Terriers on Saturday.
Albion legend Chris Brunt will also complete the ride alongside 32 cyclists for the charity, who celebrate “Foundation Day” at The Hawthorns on matchday, with this year’s focus on delivering “Football for All”.
As a thank you for his support “Blind Dave”, who recently received a full right knee replacement, presented the Baggies boss with a custom-made sycamore desk organiser he carved from a tree in his own garden.
On receiving the gift Corberán said: “It is perfect and I am so grateful Dave has made this special gift for me in the time since we met for the first time last week.
“It is incredible to me that Dave is completing this ride so soon after undergoing serious surgery, but having learned everything he has achieved in his life it should not be a surprise.
“He is an example to us all and it has been a pleasure to begin to get to know him. It is a relationship I hope can grow in the years to come. I am amazed by him and his achievements. I look forward to welcome all of the cyclists safely back to The Hawthorns on Saturday.”
Supporters can donate to the challenge here.