Father-of-two heads to Africa to thank supportive charity (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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David Clothier, of Valley Hill, Loughton, wants to thanks the Cochlear Implanted Children's Support Group for their support of his son who wears an implant
A father-of-two will head to Africa this month to thank a charity that helped him through the “devastation” of his three-year-old son contracting meningitis.
David Clothier, 54, of Valley Hill, Loughton, is heading to Zambia to paddle a traditional wooden canoe, inflatable kayak and white water raft over 100kms down the mighty Zambezi towards Victoria Falls from October 10-19.
He is undertaking the adventure in support of the Cochlear Implanted Children’s Support Group (CICS) who supported David’s family while raising George, who is now 18.
Having only recently discovered the wonders of speech George was left deaf and unable to speak after contracting bacterial meningitis in 1997 and now wears a cochlear implant.
Thanks in part to CICS George can hear and speak and lives a normal life.
“I would like to continue to help raise money for CICS because it is run entirely by volunteers who put in many hours of work to help families come to terms with this illness and its consequences,” the recently retired lawyer said.
Since 2011 David has climbed Kilimanjaro and cycled solo from John O’Groats to Land’s End for charity.
He says his fundraising efforts are to “give back” while he has the time and health to do so.
“At the time it was devastating, so this is nice payback.
“At the time they gave us support and now I’m hoping to continue that by supporting the parents of children with cochlear implants.”
Negotiating rapids and potentially aggressive hippos, David will follow the route taken by celebrities including Spice Girl Mel C and Radio 1’s Greg James in their Comic Relief Hell and High Water challenge earlier this year.
With a fundraising target of £3,000 in mind, David and a small group of fellow adventurers will be the first to follow the route since the celebrities.
Visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/davidclothier to show support.
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