A GENEROUS fundraiser from Oswestry who is battling cancer has raised nearly £7,000 for a charity supporting children in Kenya from a sponsored New Year’s Eve climb up a local landmark that he says was “the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”
David Lawson, former chief reporter at the Advertizer, climbed to Rodney’s Pillar on Breidden Hill on New Year’s Eve with friends to raise money for the Kenyan Schools Project.
David said: “Well, I made it to the top of Rodney’s Pillar for New Year’s Eve, but I’ve been paying for it ever since.
“I can confidently say this was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
“The reason I was so keen to make this one last effort before the cancer gets the better of me was to try and help the Kenyan Schools Project, whose work has helped me keep my own problems in perspective and brought me such a lot of joy these last few months,” he added.
David had hoped the efforts of him and his friends would earn the project around £3,000, the cost of building a classroom in Kenya.
But donations topped his target in less than 24 hours and it is currently approaching £7,000 with more money still coming in. The most recent total will enable the Kenyan Schools Project to begin work on a new school building for youngsters in Ukunda.
“I can only keep thanking you all for what you are doing,” added David. “It has touched me in a way I cannot easily put into words and personally brought me such pleasure to see everyone coming together to do something like this.
“Even now, people are still coming to me with other ideas they have for fundraising and wanting to keep adding to the total, so please keep sharing the link. The money goes such a long way out there and anything more we can add to it in the time I have remaining just makes me prouder still to have known you all and been a part of this.
“Getting me to the top of Rodney’s Pillar for midnight on New Year’s Eve was a real team effort, so I have to thank everyone for turning out to help, making sure all I had to do was to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
“I also have to thank you guys as my extended team though. Right up until a few hours before I wasn’t sure I was well enough to do it, but each time I read the comments that you were leaving on my Facebook page, it gave me such a lift that I knew I had to give it a shot,” he added.
l To donate to David and the Kenyan Schools Project visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Lets-Build-a-Classroom