New Year. New Challenge

27 January 2020

It’s the beginning of a brand-new decade! The perfect time to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to do something you’ve never done before. That’s exactly what Dave Sherwood has decided to do. He’s going to compete in the London Marathon to raise money for WESC Foundation. Find out from Dave, in his own words, about why he’s doing the London Marathon and why he’s doing it for us.

“The London Marathon is on my bucket list…”

“I’m a keen hiker to say the least, I’ve used the wonderful Devon coastal path as my training ground over the last five years.” Dave has been hiking for many years, he’s hiked up Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Slieve Donard, completed Hadrian’s Wall Walk and the Shropshire Six Summits to name but a few!

“The London Marathon is on my bucket list. I was hoping to hike the whole thing but to complete it in less than seven hours I may have to jog a mile or two!”

Dave has already started training for the marathon. “I did thirteen miles of road hiking this week but at a faster pace than I’m used to (which led to many blisters!), and I’m averaging 3.7mph at the moment so I’m going to have to get that up to 4mph to finish in seven hours!”


Dave Sherwood hiking in the Devon countryside to train for the London Marathon. You can see cliffs and the beach in the background

Dave hiking in the beautiful Devon countryside


“My main motivation for doing the London Marathon is to support all of the wonderful staff at WESC Foundation…”

Dave has seen the incredible work at WESC Foundation first hand- he is stepfather to two of our young people.

“My main motivation for taking on the London Marathon challenge is to support, raise funds and thank all of the wonderful staff at WESC Foundation for the incredible amount of time, effort and guidance they’ve invested in both our kids. The hard work of the staff and the amazing facilities that WESC Foundation has to offer have enriched and improved our children’s lives tremendously. I’ll also be running in memory of my wonderful father Ted Sherwood because he was always so supportive of the WESC Foundation.”

This isn’t the first time Dave has raised money for WESC Foundation. “I did the Coast to Coast challenge and pop star Badly Drawn Boy chose WESC Foundation as his charity on Celebrity Mastermind. This meant I managed to raise over £12,000 in 2016. I’m hoping to raise some more money for WESC Foundation this year.”


“Our children’s lives have been improved immensely…”

“The students at WESC Foundation are inspirational. As are the staff who go about their work with incredible enthusiasm and the patience of saints.” Our staff team includes teachers, enablers, therapists, and visual impairment specialists.

“WESC Foundation staff have improved our children’s lives immensely- my wife and I could not be more grateful!”


Dave Sherwood wearing a orange WESC Foundation t-shirt on a beach. There is an orange boat in the background and the sub is shining

Dave training for the London Marathon


“I have many celebrity pals supporting me…”

“I have many celebrity pals supporting me including John Challis (Only Fools and Horses), John Thompson (Cold Feet), Shaun Williamson (Eastenders), Christopher Biggins, Chris Ewbank and Ben Fogle. They have made videos and messages supporting my fundraising.”

You can see these messages on Dave’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

“Please support me and donate this incredible charity. Thank you”- Dave.


Donate to Dave’s JustGiving page

Pink circle with the word 'donate' in the middle


Inspired to challenge yourself in 2020? Then take a look at some other challenge events you could do for WESC Foundation.


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