Acorns fundraiser takes on four million steps challenge for hospice

By Thomas Parkes | Coseley | News | Published:

A man has walked more than two million steps and raised more than £1,000 for Acorns children's hospice.

David Wall from Coseley has raised £1,000 so far through his steps challenge

David Wall, from Coseley, set himself a target of four million steps – and to raise £2,000 – for Acorns over a year.

It comes after the hospice launched an appeal last year after its Walsall branch was put at risk of closure.

Mr Wall started the challenge on December 1 last year – and is confident of completing it by the same date this year.

The fundraiser, who has also completed a special event each month for the hospice, said: "I started on December 1 last year and I've done 2.5 million steps – so 1.5 million left by December.

"I decided to do one event a month to keep Acorns in the people's minds as well. I've seen a lot about the appeal – they needed to raise £2 million in 12 months to keep going.

"I decided to do that and I had a tour around the Walsall hospice and it gets under your skin, really, and you become more determined than ever after you see the work they do."

The 46-year-old's special events included a 12-hour walk of Cannock Chase, a walk from Christ Church Coseley to Lichfield Cathedral and a walk around his garden due to the pandemic.

The bus driver, who works for National Express at the Walsall garage, said his colleagues had been offering him support throughout his challenge – along with family and friends.

"I've enjoyed doing it. I'm competitive so I really wanted to do this – and it's raising money for a good cause," he added.

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