HE WALKED a ‘miracle mile’ after years in a wheelchair.
Now David Griffin is once again planning to go the distance for charity – but this time the 56-year-old is being joined on his fundraising mission by two record breakers.
Former squash endurance record-holders Darryl Gilmore and Danny Elam have vowed to play 10 hours for every half-mile David walks.
Last year David – who suffers from a rare muscle-wasting disease – completed 21 circuits of the Charles Dickens Centre sports hall, in Lake Road, Portsmouth, with the aid of a zimmer frame in an incredible feat of willpower.
Now he is planning to walk even further inside HMS Nelson, in Portsmouth.
Along with the two Military Provost soldiers he is raising money which will go towards Help for Heroes.
‘I know it won’t be easy for any of us,’ said David.
‘We are all going to have to push ourselves to the limit.
‘But training for the walk last year gave me a goal and a new lease of life, so I am committed to keep on going.
‘I believe that determination like mine can overcome almost anything, and I won’t let my disability stop me from raising money for such a worthy cause.’
David is believed to be the oldest living sufferer of Allgrove Syndrome, a degenerative condition similar to MS which sees the nervous system decline faster than the rest of the body.
He has so far raised more than £1,600 for Help For Heroes, and wants to top this total with his next challenge.
He is being supported by Lance Corporal Gilmore and Lance Corporal Elam who managed to play squash last year for 27 hours and 15 minutes, setting a world record, which has since been overtaken. Now they are looking to break the new record by playing for more than 28 hours.
L/Cpl Gilmore, from Portchester, said they had been inspired by David’s example. ‘When we saw what he had done we were just blown away,’ he said.
‘We decided to offer our help in the hope of raising even more money. The fact that David can achieve so much with such serious health problems really makes you realise what people are capable of. He is an inspiration to both of us.’
Colleagues of Darryl and Danny, Antonio Volpe and Arnie Fern, will be helping them with their record attempt.
David’s challenge will take place on Sunday, June 26, and his supporters are organising a band night to raise money for Help For Heroes on Sunday, May 29 at Portsmouth Rugby Club.
Go to justgiving.com/ david-griffin.