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Today (Friday, January 1) is the first day in a year that Campbeltown man David Brown is under no obligation to walk, run or cycle at least five kilometres.
David, a manager at Campbeltown’s Tesco Metro store, set himself a 5K-a-day challenge at the beginning of 2020 in a bid to raise money for charity while maintaining his fitness, donating 30p of his own money for every kilometre completed to a charity or cause of his choice for each month.
These were: January: mental health awareness; February: British Heart Foundation; March: stroke awareness; April: primary ciliary dyskinesia awareness; May: Helen Gilchrist’s Jolly Monday Show; June: Marie Curie; July: Mairi Semple Fund; August: Kintyre Food Bank; September: Campbeltown Christmas Lights Group; October: Campbeltown MS Society; November: Kintyre Link Club; December: Youth Impact.
Despite breaking his shoulder last January, he did not miss a single day’s exercise, completing 2,179 kilometres throughout the year and donating £650 of his own money.
Several of the charities were further boosted – by an additional £8,000, David thinks – through their own committee members and supporters joining in with the challenge.
‘It was fantastic to see charities embrace my idea and that’s what I set out to achieve,’ David said. ‘I wanted to inspire people to think about how they could help the local community. Mental health has been important to a lot of people this year and, by doing this challenge, it has helped me and others.’
David didn’t even take Christmas Day off – instead, he drafted in Connor Molloy and Andrew Robertson to run with him, David in a Santa suit and the other two dressed as elves.
The trio raised more than £500 through sponsorship and donations which will give an additional boost to Youth Impact, Kintyre Food Bank and the Mairi Semple Fund.
David said: ‘I have loved the year and would like to thank everyone who has taken part and embraced this challenge, as well as those who have donated throughout the year.
‘A special mention should go to my family who have had to put up with me the whole year!’