WOW! ‘Blind Dave’ Heeley raises £75,000 on 800 mile cycle challenge

By Jill DANDO News

A blind man who cycled from Colditz Castle in Germany to West Bromwich has raised more than £75,000 – and says the total left him “completely stunned”.

Dave Heeley, known as Blind Dave, rode 800 miles in a week in April, finishing at the Hawthorns stadium.

Dave is the first blind person ever to complete the ultimate endurance race of seven marathons in seven days over seven continents.

Mr Heeley, 64, used a tandem and rode with six others to raise money for the Albion Foundation, the charity arm of the football club he supports.

The cyclists were given a rousing reception when they returned to West Bromwich with a guard of honour outside the Hawthorns

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On Wednesday night, Mr Heeley handed over a cheque to the foundation.

But he had no idea how much money had been raised until the presentation took place.

His wife Deb, who co-ordinated the fundraising, kept the final figure a secret until the cheque handover.

Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Heeley said: “It’s absolutely brilliant. I knew we’d raised a few bob, but didn’t know what. Deb kept it a secret from me and it was a ‘wow’ moment.

“The majority of the team are here tonight, and the sponsors, and it’s absolutely incredible. I can’t thank the sponsors enough for all their support.

“I wanted to raise £75,000, didn’t think we would due to the pandemic, and fair play, I’m just blown away with it.”

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