Staff at Macdonald Burlington Hotel
in Birmingham are stepping into Dave 'Blind Dave' Heeley's shoes as
they start training for a 10k run, blindfolded.
Regional Managing Director Derek McDonough and Macdonald Burlington Hotel
Manager James Bee are taking on the Great Birmingham 10k Run on
1st May while blindfolded alongside Blind Dave to raise
awareness and funds for Queen Alexandra College (QAC) for the
Dave Heeley has undertaken countless gruelling challenges over
the years. He is the first blind person in the world to have
completed the ultimate endurance challenge of seven marathons in
seven days on seven continents. The father of three lost his sight
at the age of seventeen and uses his experience and determination
to motivate and inspire others.
Blind Dave said "The hardest part for Derek and James will be
the training, running around the streets in Birmingham while they
are being guided will require instructions to navigate ramps,
steps, rough terrain etc. whereas during the run there will be
hardly any change under foot.
Macdonald Burlington Hotel
Manager James Bee said: "We are really pleased to be taking part in
the 10k and raising funds for those with disabilities in Birmingham
and across the UK. Not only will this push us to get fit but
it will give both of us a small insight into what life is like for
Dave. It was a real pleasure to meet Dave, he is an inspirational
character, and we were happy to play a small part in this awesome
QAC Fundraising and Grants Manager Sarah Caldwell said; "For a
short while Derek and James will get to experience what it is like
to be in Dave's shoes and experience for themselves what it is like
for him, and others who are blind, to do something we normally take
for granted. For us, events like this are about raising awareness
as well as funds for our cause."
For more information about QAC visit www.qac.ac.uk and to sponsor the
pair, visit the