A Burton business owner is preparing for the walk of a lifetime to thank the town’s hospital for the help it gave his father in his final days.
David Gibbs, owner of furniture firm Coytes, is set to walk seven national parks in seven days with friends Tim West and Paul Ainger to raise money for the stroke ward – ward eight – at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital.
The ward looked after David’s father, also called David, who suffered a “catastrophic” stroke two years ago.
He was on the ward for five days before he died at the age of 68.
His son, 45, said: “We were bowled over by the care the nurses gave him in his last few days. It was just a sad end to what happened.
“Now I think it would be great to give something back to the hospital.
“It would be my dad’s 70th birthday this year and I want to do something to remember him.
“Everything that we raise will go to the ward and new equipment.
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“I was surprised to see people of all ages being looked after on the ward after a stroke and they were so well looked after.
“It is a very slow process to recovery. Great things are being done in there.”
The challenge will begin on Saturday, April 20, at Snowdonia National Park, finishing seven days later in the Peak District, in Ashbourne, walking 20 to 25 miles a day.
The trio will be working with the Burton Hospital League of Friends with the plan of raising £7,000 for the ward.
David said he had completed a triathalon but this was the first time he had undertaken a charity walk.
However, Tim and Paul, who walk under the name 45 Degrees West, have previously completed charity walks to raise money for different charities.
There will also be events to help reach the fund-raising total including Souled Out at the Tower Brewery on Saturday, March 9.
It will be a night dedicated to soul, disco, hip hop, funk, breaks and jungle.
Tickets are available by visiting www.ticketsource.co.uk/souledout.
Anyone wanting to help the trio reach their fund-raising target can do so by visiting hwww.justgiving.com/fundraising/45-degreeswest
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