Civil Servant David Green is facing the time challenge of a lifetime as he gears up to climb Ben Nevis, Mount Snowdon and Scafell Pike in 24 hours.
David, 51, is usually seen in Portsmouth Jobcentre, but on September 4th he will be donning his boots and running walking over 20 miles to raise money for Christians Against Poverty- an organisation which works alongside people who are struggling with their finances to overcome personal debt and learn how to budget effectively, give them a better knowledge of what they spend, how to cut costs, to create a manageable budget and to save
“I’ve always liked walking and have even climbed Snowdon on 3 occasions but never before have I tried to scale 3 peaks in the space of 24 hours,” says David.
“Here on the Island we don’t really have any heights to scale so the last time I got any serious walking in was when I used to live in Market Harborough and was part of a walking group with regular visits to the Peal District. And that was 4 years ago! Now I’m taking every opportunity to walk distances on the Island. I must be mad!”
The hard work will all be worthwhile for David if he succeeds in raising at least £800 for the work of Christians Against Poverty.
David has been through spells in his life where he has been out of work- he was made redundant on 4 occasions when he worked in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. “It hasn’t been easy to bounce back and I have had to change direction several times; so I have an empathy with those who suffer as a result of job loss”
“When I was put in touch with CAP (Christians Against Poverty, I was simply amazed at how the organization sought to simplify budgeting, the need to budget effectively and living life with cash only. Alan and I have been through the training to enable us to assist people as “money coaches” and as such we together with Kate Concannon are looking to trial the program the organisation promotes before we extend the programme and seek to promote it more widely through our Church family and within the community.
Imagine more people on the Island becoming debt free and learning to live within budgets that they set for themselves; free from fear of debt, unwanted calls stopping, knowing that when they buy something they have always wanted, that it has been saved for and paid for.
“I am just so thrilled by the prospect of taking the message out and helping people with what is a very simple principle for getting personal finances in order” said David. “My fund raising is at an early point. And even a few pounds will make a huge difference and mean Christians Against Poverty can continue their invaluable work supporting families in becoming debt free.”
You can sponsor David by visiting his online fundraising page on www.justgiving.com/David-RJ-Green. You can pay by credit or debit card, and the money will go directly to Christians Against Poverty.
Where supporters are UK taxpayers, the charity will automatically receive 28% extra in Gift Aid, which makes Justgiving the most efficient way of sponsoring David.