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Pushing ahead – wheelchair epic fundraiser Dave Kates

Pushing ahead – wheelchair epic fundraiser Dave Kates

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A MAN wants to raise money for charity by pushingawheelchair along the seafront for 12 hours - but he needs a passenger.

Dave Kates, 59, of Hill Road, Benfleet, will push his late motherメs wheelchair from Chalkwell Avenue, Westcliff, to Shoebury and back, over and over, for 12 hours on September 7 in aid of the NSPCC.

He is looking for someone to sit in the wheelchair - he'll even pay them £40.

Mr Kate estimated he will clock up 60 miles between 6am and 6pm and said he was also willing to push two people, at six hours each, if 12 hours was too much.

He also said they would need to weigh no more than eight stone to make the feat viable.

The fundraising bid will be poignant for Mr Kates, as he came up with the idea while caring for his mother Jeanette, 88, who died in June.

He said: "I used to run my mum along the seafront from Leigh to the pier when I was training for a ten peaks walk in the Breacon Beacons and she loved it. A couple of hours of that was enough for her, but it gave me the idea I could raise money for a good cause by doing it for a bit longer."

Anyone interested in taking part in the fundraiser can call him on 01268 792396.

The garden designer said he also wanted to show he was not 'past it' at 59. He is no stranger to tests of endurance - in April he attempted to break the world record for the most punches thrown in an hour and will try again on Sunday at Benfleet Conservative Club.

The record is presently held by ex-paratrooper Paddy Doyle at 29,850.

Mr Kates said: "I feel a lot of people think they know everything about you, based on how long you've been alive.

So, as Iメm nearly 60, I'm trying to get in as many physical feats as I can muster."

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9:25am Fri 29 Aug 14

andyproberts@hotmail.com says...

I'll do it for nothing.
I'll do it for nothing. andyproberts@hotmail.com
  • Score: 12

9:25am Fri 29 Aug 14

andyproberts@hotmail.com says...

I'll do it for free!
I'll do it for free! andyproberts@hotmail.com
  • Score: 11

10:09am Fri 29 Aug 14

Bosniavet says...

sadly I'm at work that day & weigh considerably over 8 stone, but I am sure many will happily volunteer to be a passenger for free. Good luck....
sadly I'm at work that day & weigh considerably over 8 stone, but I am sure many will happily volunteer to be a passenger for free. Good luck.... Bosniavet
  • Score: 6

10:18am Fri 29 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

"He also said they would need to weigh no more than eight stone to make the feat viable."

That might be a tall order!
"He also said they would need to weigh no more than eight stone to make the feat viable." That might be a tall order! Kim Gandy
  • Score: -7

10:24am Fri 29 Aug 14

hornsxandxhalos says...

I'm sure there's more than a few people who would gladly sit on their ar$e for £40, for 12 hours.
I couldn't do it, maybe 5 minutes, but not 12 hours, or even 6. :/
Well good luck with it all.
I'm sure there's more than a few people who would gladly sit on their ar$e for £40, for 12 hours. I couldn't do it, maybe 5 minutes, but not 12 hours, or even 6. :/ Well good luck with it all. hornsxandxhalos
  • Score: -1

4:28pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Phil McCrakin says...

I am sure the guys intentions are good but why not do something useful and raise money at the same time.
I am sure the guys intentions are good but why not do something useful and raise money at the same time. Phil McCrakin
  • Score: -3

4:48pm Fri 29 Aug 14

pussycats says...

Hill Road, Benfleet.? That Road rings a bell...anyway....Goo
d luck to you, Dave Kates and good for you. x
Hill Road, Benfleet.? That Road rings a bell...anyway....Goo d luck to you, Dave Kates and good for you. x pussycats
  • Score: 4

6:04pm Fri 29 Aug 14

white_van_ man says...

I would have done it but as this man is discriminating against fatties i won't volunteer!!!!
I would have done it but as this man is discriminating against fatties i won't volunteer!!!! white_van_ man
  • Score: 8

7:51pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

He should get a wheelchair with big rear wheels, and push himself, otherwise he may as well be simply be pushing a wheelbarrow, the average walking pace is 3 MPH, will he be covering 36 miles ? no, a walk in the park for a so called challenge
He should get a wheelchair with big rear wheels, and push himself, otherwise he may as well be simply be pushing a wheelbarrow, the average walking pace is 3 MPH, will he be covering 36 miles ? no, a walk in the park for a so called challenge Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 4

4:17pm Sat 30 Aug 14

runwellian says...

Why does he need a passenger?

Do the walk with a bucket in the chair to collect donations and with so many volunteers, why not get more folk involved ... pennies make pounds!

it would be nicer if he actually provided some kind of service where money could be raised but others benefitted too!
Why does he need a passenger? Do the walk with a bucket in the chair to collect donations and with so many volunteers, why not get more folk involved ... pennies make pounds! it would be nicer if he actually provided some kind of service where money could be raised but others benefitted too! runwellian
  • Score: 1

4:38pm Sat 30 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Now listen for I have something to say wrote:
He should get a wheelchair with big rear wheels, and push himself, otherwise he may as well be simply be pushing a wheelbarrow, the average walking pace is 3 MPH, will he be covering 36 miles ? no, a walk in the park for a so called challenge
Will he be returning the wheelchair, to the age concern ? before it's reported stolen ?
[quote][p][bold]Now listen for I have something to say[/bold] wrote: He should get a wheelchair with big rear wheels, and push himself, otherwise he may as well be simply be pushing a wheelbarrow, the average walking pace is 3 MPH, will he be covering 36 miles ? no, a walk in the park for a so called challenge[/p][/quote]Will he be returning the wheelchair, to the age concern ? before it's reported stolen ? sesibollox
  • Score: 2

4:40pm Sat 30 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
"He also said they would need to weigh no more than eight stone to make the feat viable."

That might be a tall order!
Tall order not for you to say Kim, though I relish the day I see you do something for charity...
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: "He also said they would need to weigh no more than eight stone to make the feat viable." That might be a tall order![/p][/quote]Tall order not for you to say Kim, though I relish the day I see you do something for charity... sesibollox
  • Score: 5

11:38am Sun 31 Aug 14

Dave Kates says...

I STILL REQUIRE PERSON FOR THE CHAIR - IT SHALL BE A FUN DAY, WITH SWIMS, AND STOPS FOR REFRESHMENTS - 2 PERSONS FOR SIV HOURS DURATION. THE CHARITY IS GAZA! The reason I cannot collect on the day is because I was let down by the charity. Having said they`d authorise they then changed their minds at the last minute.
Name a sport which is "worthwhile" Running the 100 metres certainly isn`t, the marathon perhaps less so. I`m attempting this, it`s sixty miles in twelve hrs (running pace with a weighted chair) to try and establish another long standing world record. One just as serious as any other! The promotion of running individuals in wheelchairs is to the potential benefit of both parties.
I STILL REQUIRE PERSON FOR THE CHAIR - IT SHALL BE A FUN DAY, WITH SWIMS, AND STOPS FOR REFRESHMENTS - 2 PERSONS FOR SIV HOURS DURATION. THE CHARITY IS GAZA! The reason I cannot collect on the day is because I was let down by the charity. Having said they`d authorise they then changed their minds at the last minute. Name a sport which is "worthwhile" Running the 100 metres certainly isn`t, the marathon perhaps less so. I`m attempting this, it`s sixty miles in twelve hrs (running pace with a weighted chair) to try and establish another long standing world record. One just as serious as any other! The promotion of running individuals in wheelchairs is to the potential benefit of both parties. Dave Kates
  • Score: 3

11:40am Sun 31 Aug 14

Dave Kates says...

Please phone 07442172984. We`ll meet long before the day, likely Sunday week now. Plenty of time to change your mind!
Please phone 07442172984. We`ll meet long before the day, likely Sunday week now. Plenty of time to change your mind! Dave Kates
  • Score: 1

11:42am Sun 31 Aug 14

Dave Kates says...

No weight discrimination, I simply cannot push the chair for any significant distance if the loading is too great, never mind the sixty miles.
No weight discrimination, I simply cannot push the chair for any significant distance if the loading is too great, never mind the sixty miles. Dave Kates
  • Score: 2

11:43am Sun 31 Aug 14

Dave Kates says...

andyproberts@hotmail
.com
wrote:
I'll do it for free!
Do it then!
[quote][p][bold]andyproberts@hotmail .com[/bold] wrote: I'll do it for free![/p][/quote]Do it then! Dave Kates
  • Score: 0

8:31pm Sun 31 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
"He also said they would need to weigh no more than eight stone to make the feat viable."

That might be a tall order!
Idiot...
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: "He also said they would need to weigh no more than eight stone to make the feat viable." That might be a tall order![/p][/quote]Idiot... sesibollox
  • Score: 2

11:21am Mon 1 Sep 14

lolwut says...

To clarify for those who believe he isn't doing it for charity, he has been fundraising for months and this is part of a fundraising activity whilst also attempting to gain a world record: http://www.lovesouth
end.co.uk/local-news
/dave-kates-motivati
on-is-everything.htm
l

As for the weight specification, I think he is thinking more about the difficulty of pushing around a heavier person for 12 hours straight. I think it's a reasonable request, certainly not discriminating against "fatties".
To clarify for those who believe he isn't doing it for charity, he has been fundraising for months and this is part of a fundraising activity whilst also attempting to gain a world record: http://www.lovesouth end.co.uk/local-news /dave-kates-motivati on-is-everything.htm l As for the weight specification, I think he is thinking more about the difficulty of pushing around a heavier person for 12 hours straight. I think it's a reasonable request, certainly not discriminating against "fatties". lolwut
  • Score: 1

3:36pm Mon 1 Sep 14

jxr says...

Phil McCrakin wrote:
I am sure the guys intentions are good but why not do something useful and raise money at the same time.
Erm..... I'm sure the article says...

"Dave Kates, 59, of Hill Road, Benfleet, will push his late motherメs wheelchair from Chalkwell Avenue, Westcliff, to Shoebury and back, over and over, for 12 hours on September 7 in aid of the NSPCC."
[quote][p][bold]Phil McCrakin[/bold] wrote: I am sure the guys intentions are good but why not do something useful and raise money at the same time.[/p][/quote]Erm..... I'm sure the article says... "Dave Kates, 59, of Hill Road, Benfleet, will push his late motherメs wheelchair from Chalkwell Avenue, Westcliff, to Shoebury and back, over and over, for 12 hours on September 7 in aid of the NSPCC." jxr
  • Score: 0

3:37pm Mon 1 Sep 14

jxr says...

Erm..... I'm sure the article says...

"Dave Kates, 59, of Hill Road, Benfleet, will push his late motherメs wheelchair from Chalkwell Avenue, Westcliff, to Shoebury and back, over and over, for 12 hours on September 7 in aid of the NSPCC."
Erm..... I'm sure the article says... "Dave Kates, 59, of Hill Road, Benfleet, will push his late motherメs wheelchair from Chalkwell Avenue, Westcliff, to Shoebury and back, over and over, for 12 hours on September 7 in aid of the NSPCC." jxr
  • Score: 0

3:38pm Mon 1 Sep 14

jxr says...

Phil McCrakin wrote:
I am sure the guys intentions are good but why not do something useful and raise money at the same time.
Erm..... I'm sure the article says...

"Dave Kates, 59, of Hill Road, Benfleet, will push his late motherメs wheelchair from Chalkwell Avenue, Westcliff, to Shoebury and back, over and over, for 12 hours on September 7 in aid of the NSPCC."
[quote][p][bold]Phil McCrakin[/bold] wrote: I am sure the guys intentions are good but why not do something useful and raise money at the same time.[/p][/quote]Erm..... I'm sure the article says... "Dave Kates, 59, of Hill Road, Benfleet, will push his late motherメs wheelchair from Chalkwell Avenue, Westcliff, to Shoebury and back, over and over, for 12 hours on September 7 in aid of the NSPCC." jxr
  • Score: 0

3:42pm Mon 1 Sep 14

jxr says...

Apologies for the multiple posts... think my PC has got hiccups :-S
Apologies for the multiple posts... think my PC has got hiccups :-S jxr
  • Score: 2

6:54pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Dave Kates says...

How do you define "useful" We shouldn`t engage in sponsored walks runs swims, etc. It`s useful for the following reasons, It promotes the concept of running. My late mother, 89 yrs. absolutely loved it! It provides this country with another world record, one which we shall hopefully go on to defend. It will give my volunteer a great day out, moving at an ideal pace, and stopping for refreshments and swims. It helps promote my personal trainer business. Whilst the charity has had to change, this event is still complimentary of the cause.
How do you define "useful" We shouldn`t engage in sponsored walks runs swims, etc. It`s useful for the following reasons, It promotes the concept of running. My late mother, 89 yrs. absolutely loved it! It provides this country with another world record, one which we shall hopefully go on to defend. It will give my volunteer a great day out, moving at an ideal pace, and stopping for refreshments and swims. It helps promote my personal trainer business. Whilst the charity has had to change, this event is still complimentary of the cause. Dave Kates
  • Score: 1

6:57pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Dave Kates says...

The standing world record is with an empty chair, not this one!
The standing world record is with an empty chair, not this one! Dave Kates
  • Score: 1

7:21pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Dave Kates says...

Correction, I did create a new world record for the most punches thrown in one hour (18750). Sunday gone was an attempt on the more serious unweighted world record. I currently stand second in the world.
Correction, I don`t need to try and prove that I`m not past it, neither do I measure age in terms of the passage of time. Ageing is biological, and there are a great many markers for it - Allow yourself to think in terms of yourself as being an age, and it`s either the case that you already are it, or otherwise, will shortly become so. Age is not the starting point for knowing something of an individual, despite that we are programmed to think so.
Correction, I did create a new world record for the most punches thrown in one hour (18750). Sunday gone was an attempt on the more serious unweighted world record. I currently stand second in the world. Correction, I don`t need to try and prove that I`m not past it, neither do I measure age in terms of the passage of time. Ageing is biological, and there are a great many markers for it - Allow yourself to think in terms of yourself as being an age, and it`s either the case that you already are it, or otherwise, will shortly become so. Age is not the starting point for knowing something of an individual, despite that we are programmed to think so. Dave Kates
  • Score: 1

8:14am Tue 2 Sep 14

Dave Kates says...

The payment has increased to fifty pounds. I may already have someone, but it isn`t booked until fully confirmed. That same person may wish to join my world records team, to help in the setting-up of world record attempts into the future.
The payment has increased to fifty pounds. I may already have someone, but it isn`t booked until fully confirmed. That same person may wish to join my world records team, to help in the setting-up of world record attempts into the future. Dave Kates
  • Score: 1
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