A Portsmouth-based double amputee is getting ready to challenge himself to a 24-hour push around North Harbour’s 1000 Lakeside.
David Williamson works at the former IBM offices as a senior data analyst with Douglas Stafford and is undertaking the challenge in aid of Willow’s Vision Appeal.
Mr Williamson was born without tibia bones which resulted in both his legs being amputated in his first few months.
In 2014 he completed his third Great South Run in 1 hour 27 minutes. At that point he started to think about what his next challenge could be.
After hearing about Willow’s Vision Appeal through her uncle, he became inspired to do more for Willow’s cause.
Mr Williamson said: ‘I’m not the hero in all of this, I just want to help. I was never clever enough to be a scientist, I was never driven enough to become a doctor, I was never caring enough to be a nurse. I can only help by bringing attention to this worthy cause.
‘I seem to be getting all the attention around this, but I’m the least important person in the whole thing. I’ve got a fantastic group of people supporting me doing everything from telling their friends and family to walking alongside me.’
Jane Yule, who has organised an event alongside the Big Push, said: ‘This is a great charity and I like organising things. It’s lovely to be able to get involved in fundraising for such an important and worthwhile cause.’
Mr Williamson aims to raise £10,000 to go towards stem cell treatment in China which costs £25,000. Willow is an amazing little girl despite the fact she has cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus and is registered blind. This treatment will greatly enhance her vision and mobility.
The 24-hour push is taking place from Saturday, April 2 to Sunday, April 3 starting at 11am, with stalls and activities for all ages on the Saturday.
To donate to Willow’s Vision Appeal go to justgiving.com/willow24 or in person at the event.
For more about Willow and her Vision Appeal visit willowsvisionappeal.com.