Dave’s perfect 10 in gruelling charity mission

Matt Hilton, director of community development and education at Fleetwood Football Club presents a signed football to Dave Stott who is raising money for the Afghanistan Trust.
Matt Hilton, director of community development and education at Fleetwood Football Club presents a signed football to Dave Stott who is raising money for the Afghanistan Trust.

A former soldier is hoping to raise money for charity through a gruelling series of endurance tests.

Dave Stott, from Fleetwood, plans to complete 10 tests of strength and stamina before the spring to raise much-needed money for the Afghanistan Trust, which supports injured paratroopers and the families of those killed in war.

And Fleetwood Town FC has kicked off the fund-raising by donating a signed team football to be auctioned off.

Dave, 39, who served in the Parachute Regiment until 10 years ago, decided to do something to help paratroopers and their families devastated by war.

He has served in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Iraq, and worked in Afghanistan.

He said: “I’ve never done anything before for charity, but it was something I wanted to do. I’ve done a couple of the endurance tests, I’m finding it harder than I used to do, but it’s going well.”

The former Cardinal Allen RC High School pupil is now a paramedic, and has settled on the Fylde coast with his wife and two children.

His plan is to do three 10km running races, three 10km tabbing races carrying a 35lb rucksack, two half-marathons, one half-marathon carrying a rucksack, and finally one full marathon in April.

He added:“I am still lucky enough to be in good health but some of my good friends have not been as lucky.

“I just want to try and raise funds and awareness.

“I am really grateful to the club for the signed football.”

The football will be auctioned off through Dave’s Facebook site.

Matt Hilton, from Fleetwood Town, said: “As a club we are fully behind what Dave is doing. We are supporters of Armed Forces Day and the armed services, they do a wonderful job.”

To sponsor Dave, log on to https://www.justgiving.com/David-Stott2/ or text TABB50 plus amount to 70070 (eg TABB50 £5).