Former Army trainer to arrive in Doncaster on marathon charity challenge

A former Army trainer will arrive in Doncaster next month as part of a unique life-saving John O’Groats to Land’s End charity challenge.

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 8:46 am
David Sullivan is walking from John O'Groats to Land's End.
David Sullivan is walking from John O'Groats to Land's End.

David Sullivan began The World’s Longest Golf Hole challenge on 11 June and is travelling the country playing golf, teaching CPR skills and raising vital funds for the British Heart Foundation.

Starting at John O’Groats, he will be walking over 1,000 miles and making an estimated quarter of a million golf shots, before he reaches his final destination, Land’s End.

The ten-week charity challenge will travel through different towns in Yorkshire from July 3 to 8 and arrives at Town Moor Golf Club at 3pm on July 8.

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Former armed forces skiing and mountain craft trainer, David, 58, from Surrey, is taking on this unusual challenge to raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation.

The money raised will help place life-saving defibrillators into villages, towns and cities up and down the country. At every one of David’s stops on his journey, he will be training local people for free on how to save lives using CPR.

David’s passion for teaching people CPR came about when he was faced with a life-or-death situation. When a young man experienced a cardiac arrest in front of him, David luckily knew what to do. He gave CPR for 17 minutes until the man could be treated with a defibrillator.

“It was thanks to my training, and a defibrillator being nearby, that I was able to help save the man, who luckily made a full recovery,” says David. “When something like that happens right in front of you, it makes you realise how precious life is and how important it is to know what to do in that kind of emergency. It was an experience which profoundly affected me, and now it’s my mission to create an army of life savers all over the country.”

David, who will be joined on the challenge by his son Freddie, 21, hopes his charity challenge will help teach as many people as possible the life-saving skill of CPR and will ensure that many more locations in the country are equipped with defibrillators. David’s fundraising target for the event is £60,000.

American Golf are kindly sponsoring David on this adventure.

Donations can be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/david-sullivan-77.