West Ham United fan David Blackmore is gearing up to take on another challenge to raise money for the Bobby Moore Fund.
The Gaywood resident will take part in the 10km Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) on May 1, and is training hard to make sure he beats his previous best time of 46 minutes and 12 seconds.
GEAR organisers decided to award the 29-year-old the race number 1966 after hearing he wanted to run it in memory of Bobby Moore, and to mark the 50th anniversary of the footballing legend holding aloft the World Cup.
David’s connection to the cause is not just the obvious claret and blue one – he has previously fundraised and volunteered for the Bobby Moore Fund on school building projects in South Africa (2010) and Namibia (2011).
With it being five decades since England beat Germany to win the World Cup for the first time, the Editor of West Ham magazine Blowing Bubbles Monthly hopes to raise £1,966 for the charity. People are being invited to make a financial pledge by texting BBFB66 £5 (or any amount you wish) to 70070, or by visiting http://tinyurl.com/jxhujog.
“I’ve got first-hand experience of the work the Bobby Moore Fund does, and how it can utterly transform people’s lives, and give them an opportunity which they might never get otherwise,” explained David, who works as marketing and events assistant at the Vancouver Quarter Shopping Centre.
“Bobby left an unparalleled legacy at West Ham, and also with England. By taking part in GEAR, this is another chance for me to help the charity leave a lasting legacy too – by changing the lives of other people, and helping bring about an end to the curse of cancer.”
David is keeping a blog of his training for GEAR. See how he has been getting on at www.vancouverquarter.com/blog-getting-into-gear/
David would also like people to help raise more awareness for the Bobby Moore Fund by showing their support for another fundraising campaign he started called Blowing Bubbles for Bobby campaign. which has received the backing of internationally acclaimed writer Irvine Welsh, actress Danniella Westbrook, TV presenter Matthew Wright.
All people need to do is film themselves blowing bubbles in an imaginative and unlikely place, call out five friends to do the same, explain how people can donate by texting BBFB66 £5 to 70070, and upload their video to your Facebook, Twitter, YouTube account and help spread the news about this fundraising drive.
For examples of videos other people have recorded www.blowing-bubbles.co.uk/blowing-bubbles-for-bobby.