Yorkshire man on 600-mile marathon walk to raise money for air ambulance

The Deputy Community Banking Director in Yorkshire for Barclays Bank will visit 45 bank branches on his route and will be joined daily by Barclays colleagues who are also raising funds and sponsorship money.

David, from Nidderdale, said: “I did Land’s End to John O’Groats ten years ago and wanted to do another major walk that would link Barclays across the North and raise a lot of money for charity.

“Barclays has a fantastic Colleague Community Programme that encourages employees to get involved in the causes we care about in the communities we serve. 

“It’s about giving back skills, time and energy and I’m thrilled to be undertaking this challenge and to have had so much support. There’s been something of a movement that is gathering pace which is lovely.

“I wanted to pick a charity that people can relate to locally. I’m supporting five air ambulance services on the route, although given my roots, I expect the largest amount of fundraising will go to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

 “Most people assume that they are Government funded but that is not the case and, certainly across Yorkshire, there are many people who know first- hand just what an amazing service the air ambulance provides.”

Yorkshire Air Ambulance serves 5million people and carries out over 1,250 missions every year. It needs to raise £12,000 every day and has just replaced its two, ageing aircraft with brand new, state-of-the-art Airbus H145 helicopters.

David, 54, will be visiting 13 Barclays branches in Yorkshire during his Great North Walk including Leeds, Sheffield, Doncaster, Bradford, Skipton and Harrogate.

He has set up a JustGiving page. If you would like to support David please go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/davidpenngreatnorthwalkyaa