Fundraiser David prepares to push himself to the limit on charity walk

BRAVE David Griffin is taking on another challenge.  Picture: Malcolm Wells (102023-2558)
BRAVE David Griffin is taking on another challenge. Picture: Malcolm Wells (102023-2558)

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DISABLED campaigner David Griffin trained himself to walk a miracle mile after years in a wheelchair.

But far from content with his amazing achievement, he is now proposing to double his total and walk two miles along Portsmouth’s seafront.

The severely disabled 57-year-old, of Lower Wingfield Street, Landport, Portsmouth, has twice pushed his body to the limit to go the distance for Help For Heroes, raising more than £2,500 for the charity.

But this summer he wants to go further despite suffering from Allgrove Syndrome, an incurable muscle-wasting condition, which forced him to spend five years in a wheelchair.

He is aiming to walk two miles from Eastney Swimming Pool along the beach to South Parade Pier, in Southsea, on Sunday July 29.

As previously reported in The News, he has already completed 21 circuits of the Charles Dickens Centre sports hall, in Lake Road, Portsmouth, with the aid of a walking frame.

And last year he walked even further in scorching temperatures inside HMS Nelson.

He was trained for his previous challenges by his brother Peter Griffin and Reverend Father Brizz Miles-Knight, from the Community Parish of the Holy Angels, who both worked with him for months to build up his leg muscles.

David said he knew this would be his toughest challenge to date but was committed to training as much as he could in preparation.

He said: ‘I will be using my frame with the aid of my brother Peter, sister Rosemarie Purdy, friend Lorraine Hughes, and my carer and good friend Paul Lipscomb.

‘I will be supported by other friends and family as well as some service personnel.

‘This will be my third walk in three years and I’m determined to raise as much money as I can for the men and women who have served our country with pride and courage.

‘I’m now preparing for the event with regular gym visits and walking exercises at Landport community club and charter academy in Hyde Park Road, Southsea.’

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 said: ‘Compared to the challenges our forces face, I don’t feel like I’ve done very much.

‘They do such a good job, and this is the least I can do.

‘And it’s given me a new lease of life.’