Charity 12,000 mile row fundraiser plea

PUBLISHED: 10:30 05 July 2009 | UPDATED: 09:36 18 June 2010

TALENTED athlete David Brooks, who hopes to raise £10,000 for Sidmouth Lifeboat, is calling on the community to aid him in his mission. The 23-year-old is planning to embark on a mammoth 12,000 mile rowing voyage to raise funds but needs the help of Sidmo

TALENTED athlete David Brooks, who hopes to raise £10,000 for Sidmouth Lifeboat, is calling on the community to aid him in his mission.

The 23-year-old is planning to embark on a mammoth 12,000 mile rowing voyage to raise funds but needs the help of Sidmouth residents.

He is appealing to the community to get behind him and raise money towards his 13 month expedition, which will see him row across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans by himself.

And no good deed goes unrewarded, so as an incentive, the first person or couple to raise £1,000 will be given a free meal, night and breakfast for two at the Cary Arms Pub in Babbacombe, Torquay.

David, who lives in Topsham, said: "The prize was donated by Peter de Savary and I thought it was something different- a way of appealing to people.

"It's a great weekend offer, worth £300, as it's a fantastic location overlooking the beach. It's pretty much a five star hotel disguising as a pub!"

David hopes people will fundraise in their spare time in a variety of ways and he has even offered to give a presentation or talk at a social event in exchange for their help.

People can donate online or sponsor items of equipment such as those listed on his website.

The daring Birmingham University graduate will embark on the first leg of his journey in December in his customised boat to try and achieve the feat which has never been done before.

He also hopes to raise £10,000 for the Guide Dogs charity and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.

David added: "The preparation is going very well and it's very busy at the minute."

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning the Cary Arms Pub prize, contact David on 07817 144305 or email dave@davebrookssolo.co.uk.

For more information on his double ocean crossing and to donate visit www.davebrookssolo.co.uk.


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