David Street will be hoisted 96ft up Catzero yacht mast to raise cash for Charlie Hook
IT'S not your average fundraising challenge.
But Hessle man David Street is determined to have a head for heights when he is hoisted 96ft up a yacht mast to raise money for the Charlie Hook Appeal.
He will spend an hour suspended at the top of the mast of the CatZero yacht at Hull Marina on Thursday, September 20.
David said he wanted to help Charlie, 6, who has undergone successful treatment for neuro- blastoma – an aggressive form of childhood cancer.
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Although the youngster is progressing well, he still faces an 80 per cent chance of relapse and money still needs to be raised to take him to the US for treatment if this happens.
David, 36, said: "My days of cycling and doing sponsored runs and marathons are gone and I wanted to do something very different.
"If I'm honest, I'm absolutely petrified. I wouldn't say I have a head for heights by any stretch of the imagination.
"But it's for Charlie and it's massively different. If I do something completely off the wall, it's bringing the appeal to the forefront of people's minds."
David initially wanted to spend 24 hours up the mast.
But CatZero, a registered charity designed to develop and deliver specialist programmes to meet the needs of children, young people, their families and the community, said engineers only spend an hour up there due to the strain it can cause the body.
Now, David will complete his hour-long challenge at 5pm and hopes the timing will generate maximum interest as people leave work.
David said he wants to raise as much money as possible for the Charlie Hook Appeal, which was launched by Charlie's family to raise £300,000 for the treatment in the US if it is needed.
Charlie's most recent test results were clear and he is due back at hospital in Leeds on October 30.
David said: "Charlie is a very brave young man and is taking everything in his stride.
"He is very fortunate to have such a fantastic family behind him.
"I have a daughter and my partner and I have just had a baby.
"When we read what Charlie and his family are going through, we said if we ever found ourselves in that situation, we would like to think people would help."
David said it is important to keep raising funds.
"If you meet and see Charlie now, he's a lovely, smiley little boy," he said.
"But in the blink of an eye, that could change and we want to give Charlie the best chance possible.
"If it hadn't been for the guys at CatZero agreeing to me being hoisted up the mast, I wouldn't have been able to do it. "I am so grateful for their help."
David plans to have company logos attached to his clothing in return for sponsorship.
To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/david-street for details.
Alternatively, text CHAR96, followed by the amount you wish to donate, to 70070.