Man’s 400-mile trek for charity

Dave Chapman
Dave Chapman

A man whose mother was airlifted to hospital by the air ambulance after a serious road accident has set himself a tough target in an effort to raise funds for the charity.

Dave Chapman’s mother was travelling on the A605 near The Fox pub in Thorpe Waterville on April 30, last year, when her car was in an accident with a car transporter.

Mr Chapman said: “My mum had to be cut out of the car by Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue and was then immobilised due to feared spinal and neck injuries, and treated for a nasty gash on her right arm caused by one of the bars on the transporter shearing off and coming through the car before coming to a rest in the boot.

“Once stabilised she was airlifted by the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to Peterborough City Hospital.

“After many tests it was seen that there were no neck or spinal injuries and after consultation with orthopaedic experts at Addenbrooke’s Hospital she was treated for the injuries at Peterborough and discharged at the weekend to continue her recovery at home.”

The estimated cost to the air ambulance of rescuing Mrs Chapman was £1,700 so Mr Chapman decided to set himself the challenge of covering 400 miles in 40 days to raise the same amount.

He said: “In January I received confirmation of my place in the Great North Run in September, and instantly decided that I would run for WNAA.

“When I started my training I thought to encourage me to get ‘miles in my legs’ and to mark the anniversary of the accident I would undertake to walk, jog or run 400 miles in 40 days, from March 22 to April 30.

“The final stage of this will take place on Wednesday, April 30, and will involve covering 17.5 miles from The Fox to Peterborough City Hospital.

“My mum will also join me for the final 3.5 miles from The Windmill in Peterborough to the hospital.

“The landlord, Taz, is a big supporter of the air ambulance service and we will return there afterwards for a meal and a well-deserved pint for me.”

Mr Chapman said he finds it “incredible” that the air ambulance service has to rely on donations from the public as it receives no government funding.

To help him reach his fundraising target he has organised a race night and battle of the bands at the Staverton Park Hotel on Sunday, May 25, and a Super 6 cricket tournament at Bugbrooke cricket club on Sunday, June 1, with entertainment from Lincoln Noel, Sarah-Jayne Goodman, Ellen Hackett and James Watson.

Mr Chapman, who owns DJC Chapman Computing in Wellingborough and donates 10 per cent of his profits to the air ambulance service, said: “All of this is not enough to say thank you to the air ambulance for what they did for my mum but every little helps.

“If you want to sponsor me please visit or email”