Since my teenage years I have worked with a number of charitable organisations, including VSL (Worksop), local MIND & Council for Voluntary Services, School Governor, The Shack (Falkland Islands), Port Stanley Cathedral Council (Falkland Islands), Friends of Mental Health (Skegness), MattDotCom, APAS, Nursing Council for Alcohol and Franklin Friends.
I have set up a number of charitable ventures – always aimed at helping those under the age of 23.
I have also been a director of a community radio station which aims to provide younger people the opportunity to gain media skills.
I founded the Target Toy Appeal in 1984 and ran it until 1994. Each year in conjunction with the local newspaper people were asked to donate new toys and books for distribution to local children. Each child was also given fresh fruit.
When I went to the Falkland Islands I took idea of Toy Appeal and set up “Flying Santa Toy Appeal” supported again by the local paper and this time the RAF.
I, with my wife and Athane & Graham Alexander, co-founded MattDotCom, which originally was the idea of our son (1984-2004). This charity provides teenagers with cancer and other life threatening illnesses access to modern technology. This then enables the teenager to continue their education, maintain communication with their peers and have an element of distraction when undergoing painful treatment. These are the three main goals of MattDotCom. MDC has helped 101 teenagers to date.
Our quiz nights have raised over £4,000 and you can still donate towards this figure by clicking here Quiz night donations and joining those who also could not make it on the night but have donated.
For more information e-mail support @ mattdotcom.org.uk (remove the spaces)
To support MattDotCom please click on this link – MattDotCom donations
We finally reached our target of 100 it just took 11 years
A new charity Franklin Friends has formed and I am honoured to be elected their first Chairman. This charity will be working to support vulnerable people within a 8 miles radius of Gunby Roundabout. An odd place to put your compass point but if you know the area you will know that this will cover from Gibraltar point to Anderby Creek and from Hagworthingham to Sibsey, give or take a few feet.
They meet every Monday afternoon 1pm to 3pm in the New Life Centre in Spilsby. If you are feeling alone, isolated, lonely or vulnerable and are aged over 18 go along and join in with the group. Tell them “David sent you”
More on this new group as we grow.