Pensioner geared up for 300-mile drive

David Hindmarsh, of Seahouses, is gearing up for a 300-mile charity drive in memory of his wife.
David Hindmarsh, of Seahouses, is gearing up for a 300-mile charity drive in memory of his wife.

A Seahouses pensioner has set off on a 300-mile charity drive in memory of his wife, raising funds for a hospice charity.

St Oswald’s Hospice supporter David Hindmarsh is travelling from his home in Seahouses to Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds in his collectable vintage car.

David Hindmarsh, of Seahouses, is gearing up for a 300-mile charity drive in memory of his wife.

David Hindmarsh, of Seahouses, is gearing up for a 300-mile charity drive in memory of his wife.

Seventy-five year-old David is getting behind the wheel of his 1937 Austin Seven Ruby in memory of his wife, who received outreach support from the care team at St Oswald’s.

David explained: “My wife Doreen had Motor Neurone Disease, she died two years ago.

“I had done a charity drive about 30 years ago and decided that I’d like to do another one, while I’m still fit enough, in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice.

“I’m doing the drive in memory of Doreen but also to help other people who might need St Oswald’s,” he said.

“I want to raise as much money as possible because the care Doreen received was excellent.

“I take my hat off to the people who work there.”

It will take David, a vintage car enthusiast, around eight days to complete the drive.

He said: “I’ve always had vintage cars as a hobby.

“The first car I bought when I was 16 was actually the same model as the car I have now.

“I’m immensely looking forward to it, I can’t tell you how excited I’m getting!”

St Oswald’s Hospice provides specialist care for North East adults, young people and children with life-limiting conditions.

Annual running costs are £9.5million, of which £6.5million must be raised through voluntary giving.

Danielle Neighbour, fund-raiser for St Oswald’s, said: “We are really grateful to people like David who have chosen to support us with their events.

“The money raised will help continue to provide much-needed care for families in the North East.

“The support we receive from events like this are simply our lifeline and we are continually thankful for it.”

She added: “Everyone at the hospice wishes David the best of luck with his charity drive, if you see him on his travels give him a beep and a wave!”