This year has been full of crazy challenges from our supporters, however Daniel ‘Ducky’ White’s challenges have definitely been up there for the whackiest idea’s we’ve seen! Daniel says:
“So for the fundraising, it all started as doing something different with a motto of ‘If you raise eyebrows then you raise awareness’, so I decided to do something no one had done before and I ran as a Stormtrooper! Following the grand success of this, I then took it to another level and decided to mix it up by wearing the outfit with a wedding dress!
This went on for roughly a year. Obviously people do get a little fed up of seeing the same old thing so I decided to then go for something completely different, something that showed me to be Navy through and through, to push me beyond my mental and physical barriers. For my next challenge, I decided to carry a 34kg anchor on my challenges, this went on for about a year and a half. A lot of people thought (and still think) I’m nuts but my new motto is that i’m ‘carrying the weight for others who can’t’. Carrying the anchor of this size and weight over 10km (13.1miles) is the ideal symbolism for that and the attention from this challenge allowed me to talk about why I really was doing this challenge.
I’m now onto my new adventure, carrying a 40kg (dry) 70kg (wet) Ruthlee Man Overboard Dummy. We use these at sea to train for the unfortunate circumstances, such as someone falling overboard or rescuing casualty’s in the sea. I decided after a break up (1 week later) to do the National 3 peaks carrying a Ruthlee man, with no training and no previous mountain walking experience either! After a grand total of 54 hours walking and ALOT of rain, I smashed this tough challenge and finished.
Next up on my agenda is the Great South Run in October, plus I’ve just added a further 10miles to my running total and altogether between the 2 main charities I run for; Candlelighters and Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC), I’ve raised about £18,500 with an aim of £25,000 before I even think of stopping my silly ideas!”
We really couldn’t support our families with the support from our fantastic supporters such as Daniel – THANK YOU!