Andy is inspired to aid charity effort

Published on: 03 Oct 2016

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DOWNEND charity stalwart Dave Hook was on hand to accept a cheque for £1,246.13 towards a minibus to take underprivileged and disabled children on day trips.

Dave, who is well known for his Rod Stewart tribute act, has been joined by a team of like-minded fundraisers to collect money on behalf of the children's charity Variety.

Their fund has been boosted by the generous donation from Emersons Green resident Andy Hunt.

Andy, manager at the Kingswood branch of Swinton Insurance, collected the money after joining colleagues in a sponsored walk to the company's Bedminster branch. They were joined on the day by Dave, wife Tracy, Julie Houselander, Jan St George and Kirsty Hook.

The amount raised was then doubled by Swinton.

Dave is hoping to reach a target of £18,000 to buy a specially adapted minibus to benefit children in the South West region.

Numerous fundraising events in the area have already taken place, including a Pub Olympics this summer at the Horse Shoe pub, and more are being lined up for the future.

Dave has become the 'local face' of the charity after he was honoured with the title of Variety Ambassador after raising thousands of pounds for the charity.

Working alongside Darren 'Daz' Sims, Dave has raised an estimated £50,000 for the charity since 2008.

Dave said: "It's great to have Andy on board and I know he is keen to continue to help raise funds for the minibus.  For a walk which was quite quickly organised, it's amazing that more than £1,200 was raised."

Dave, who also raises money through his tribute act, said the cause is extremely important to him: "As a father of three and grandad of three, children are close to my heart and it feels like a real pleasure to give something back. I'm also keen to help the community and the fact that the minibus will help local children is a huge bonus. In turn the community has been very generous in supporting our various events and we are very grateful to them."

Andy said: "I've never done anything like this before but it's so rewarding to know that you've made a difference."

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