Disabled veteran smashes fundraising target despite bad health

Dave Bray, right with team member Davie Livingstone.
Dave’s team of charity hikers before the challenge.

A disabled Richmondshire veteran has raised more than £6,700 for charity, smashing his target of £5.000.

Dave Bray, 51, from Brough St Giles, Catterick Garrison, undertook the 16km Cumbrian Challenge to raise money for Walking with the Wounded.

His team raised £3,347 last year, but Dave set his sights on getting the total to £5,000. The team smashed this target by raising £6732.66 in total.

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Dave said the weather was atrocious on the Saturday on the walk with horizontal rain and visibility about 20ft.

He added: “I’d just like to say a massive thank you to everyone that helped in my final Cumbrian Challenge

“My body has said stop so for once I’m listening.

“A special thanks to the team Davie Livingstone, Lesley Swales, Malcolm Swinburn, Matty Opie, Dave Nicholson, Fiona Stephenson, Sarah Leigh Dewhurst and Ali Swinburn.”

The veteran, who served with the Royal Logistic Corps and the Royal Corps of Transport for 23 years, is suffering from increasingly poor health due to his time in the Army.

He said: “My spinal fusion I had in 2000 has failed and I now have osteo-arthritis in my spine neck and right foot.

“But I know we have seriously injured veterans that need help and in comparison I look fit and well.

“I’m just trying to help out to those who need it more than myself and to get Walking with the Wounded noticed more too especially in the Catterick Garrison area.”

The team also ran an afternoon tea at Colburn village hall to raise money.