Inspirational David will push himself to limit for charity

WCDI T-shirt winner David Griffin. 'David has Allgrove Syndrome, he is set to walk seven laps of the running circuit at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth, for charity.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (13181-628)
WCDI T-shirt winner David Griffin. 'David has Allgrove Syndrome, he is set to walk seven laps of the running circuit at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth, for charity.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (13181-628)
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Disabled campaigner David Griffin is this week’s We Can Do It T-shirt winner because he will push his body to new limits for charity.

David, 58, suffers from Allgrove Syndrome, a degenerative condition similar to MS, which sees the nervous system decline faster than the rest of the body.

But that hasn’t stopped him raising thousands of pounds for Help for Heroes by taking part in walks across the city.

As previously reported in The News, David, of Lower Wingfield Street, Landport, Portsmouth, taught himself to walk again after spending five years in a wheelchair.

Now he will muster up the courage to walk seven laps around The Mountbatten Centre, in Twyford Avenue, Stamshaw, on June 30 for the armed forces charity.

David’s proud brother Peter, 53, says: ‘It’s an amazing feat. He has so much courage and determination.

‘I find it inspirational to be honest.

‘He’s always surrounded by family and friends and we are with him every step of the way.

‘His balance isn’t good and he has to use a frame to get around.

‘Each step is a big challenge for him. But he thinks the real heroes are the troops and the services.

‘He just wants to help them as much as he can. He’s got money coming in all the time for this which is great.’ To donate visit bmycharity.com/davidgriffin2013