27 April 2017
WaterAid supporter Dave Whiteley from Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear, will be walking and scrambling his way up and down Alfred Wainwright’s 214 peaks in the Lake District to raise money for the international development charity.
Dave, who turns 65 on April 9, will be taking on an estimated 500 miles (800 kilometres) and 48,000 metres (131,000 feet) of ascent in total and will complete the final five Wainwright peaks on Saturday June 10th as part of The WaterAid Mountain Challenge.
On that day he’ll scramble his way across the peaks of Clough Head, Great Dodd, Watson’s Dodd, Stybarrow Dodd and Hart Side which make up the St John’s Vale Skyline—a route which is 11.5 miles (18.4 kilometres long).
Dave will join more than 500 other people who are also putting on their walking boots for the WaterAid Mountain Challenge. The teams have a shared goal of climbing all of the Wainwrights on the same day, reaching a combined altitude of just under 50,000 metres, almost 160 times the height of The Shard building in London.
The money raised will help transform lives of people living in some of the world’s poorest communities by bringing them safe water and toilets. Globally 650 million people don’t have access to safe water. Without this basic service many have no choice but to drink dirty water which could kill them.
Dave Whiteley, who is still a member of the Northumbrian WaterAid Committee, said:
“Completing all 214 Wainwrights has been hard work but it’s also allowed me to visit many parts of the Lake District which I may not have been to otherwise. After visiting Tanzania with WaterAid I’ve seen first-hand the difference the money makes. Girls are able to go to school as they don’t spend hours collecting water and women have more time to make a living.”
Dave has been one of WaterAid’s most committed fundraisers, ever since he started supporting the charity in 1985. He has helped raise millions of pounds by organising events and taking part in challenges such as climbing Kilimanjaro. He’s also represented WaterAid at Buckingham Palace.
To support Dave in his WaterAid Mountain Challenge please visit his Just Giving page or to find out moe about the event visit: http://www.wateraid.org/uk/get-involved/events/events/wateraid-mountain-challenge
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• Jo Lehmann, Senior Media Officer, at JoLehmann@WaterAid.org or 0207 793 4909,
• Suzy Vickers, PR Manager, on SuzyVickers@WaterAid.org 0207 793 4995,
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WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 37 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 25 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 24 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org, follow @WaterAidUK on Twitter, or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid.
• Around 315,000 children die each year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s almost 900 children each day, or one child every two minutes.
• Around 650 million people (around one in ten) are without safe water
• Nearly 2.4 billion people (around one in three) live without improved sanitation
• For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.
• Just £15 can help provide one person with access to safe water.
• For details on how individual countries are keeping their promises on water and sanitation, please see our online database, WASHWatch.org.
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