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Saturday, 5 December 2020

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Dad runs 49 miles from Edinburgh to Glasgow in Spider-man costume for children’s hospital charities

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BRAVE Dad and ex-army man Dave Roper ran 49 miles from Edinburgh to Glasgow at the weekend in a Spiderman costume, all to raise funds for two children’s hospital charities.

Dave Roper (36) became a local legend in his hometown of Dunfermline during lockdown by dressing up as Spider-man on his daily runs to help raise everyone’s spirits during difficult times. Inspired by the work of Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, he took on his greatest challenge yet – running 49 miles in the scorching summer weather from one children’s hospital to the other.

Known in his hometown as ‘Duloch’s Spider-Man’, the 36-year-old has already raised thousands of pounds for his son’s school and Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity and is now thrilled to have supported Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity too in his latest epic challenge.

The summer sun made running conditions especially challenging but Spider-man did not let this get in his way and completed his challenge in just 9 hours and 25 minutes.

Dave Roper (36) runs 49 miles in Spider-man costume for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity

Dave Roper said:

“Running 49 miles in full costume was the hardest thing that I have ever done in my life, and I couldn’t be more proud to have completed it whilst raising much-needed funds for two incredible hospitals.

“It has been such a tough time for everyone during this crisis and I feel it’s really important to do all we can to support charities who are working harder than ever to help those who need it most. You get a real buzz out of making people smile too while wearing the costume – it’s the kind of daft thing people appreciate during times like these.”

Kirsten Sinclair, Chief Operating Officer at Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity said:

“During this challenging time, it is always humbling to hear about our supporters going above and beyond to make a difference. We are incredibly grateful to Dave for his outstanding fundraising efforts and hope the city of Glasgow enjoyed seeing their favourite superhero over the weekend!

“We rely entirely on donations and fundraising to allow us to continue supporting our hospital families during their darkest days with our charity-funded Play Programme and Family Support services. The public has shown such tremendous generosity for our young patients and hospital heroes over these challenging months, and we hope that beyond Covid-19, we can continue to count on this invaluable support.”

Dave Roper (36) takes a much-needed break during epic 49-mile charity challenge dressed as Spider-man

Money raised from Dave’s fundraising challenge will go to Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity to help continue their vital work at both children’s hospitals.

Spider-man (Dave) has already raised over £4,000 for the two charities in this challenge. To donate and show your support, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/dulochspiderman

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