Charity Champion

Fundraising father paces for pounds

Birmingham Children’s Hospital has thousands of supporters and fundraisers who repeatedly go out of their way to make a real difference to the children and young people in Birmingham and beyond. Each week we will be telling the story of one of the hospital’s dedicated Charity Champions to highlight the difference that they are making.

Charity Champion Profile

Name: Dave Stevens
Occupations: Personal trainer and performance coach
Hometown: Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield
Brief Description: Dave took on the tough challenge of running 100 miles through the Peak District in just 28 hours, raising £1,433 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

A devoted dad has reached the ‘peak’ of this week’s Charity Champion leaderboard after pacing 100 miles through the Peak District to raise £1,433 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. 

Newly inspired to take on a fresh fundraising challenge every year to say thank you for his son’s exceptional care, 35-year-old Dave Stevens started his mission with a gruelling ultra-marathon – running 100 miles continually through England’s breath-taking National Park.

With an original time target of 33 hours, Dave, from Sutton Coldfield, completed his challenge in just 28 hours, all the while motivated by his 23-week-old son Oliver, who was born eight weeks premature.

Also born with an abdominal defect, Oliver has been cared for by Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s outreach team and will require surgery at two-years-old at the children’s hospital to ease his abdominal condition.

Personal trainer Dave is incredibly grateful for the care Oliver has received. He said: “Without the intervention of Birmingham Children’s Hospital, I might not have the beautiful, healthy little boy that I am proud to call my son, so I feel I owe a debt of gratitude to the incredible team.

“While Oliver was in hospital I focused my energy into planning an extreme event and I’m so glad to have raised nearly £1,500 with my first challenge all in honour of the fantastic work carried out at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”

In 2018, the fundraising father also hopes to take part in the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race – a 125 mile row from Devizes in Wiltshire to Westminster in central London.

Annie Eytle, Acting Events and Regional Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “It’s really inspirational to hear how the world-class care our hospital provides every day inspires people to fundraise and we’d like to say a huge thank you to Dave for choosing to thank our hospital in this very special way.

“The money he has donated – and the funds he plans to continue to raise – will make a huge difference to our brave young patients and their families all across our hospital.”