A writer from Bath with a passion for footwear and who owns more than 30 pairs of trainers is to wear a different pair of shoes every day for a year.
Dave Golder has enough trainers of his own to keep his challenge alive until the first week of February, after then he will be looking to borrow pairs of size nines to keep him going until December 31.
The 46-year-old will use the quirky challenge to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s Research UK in honour of the charity’s patron Sir Terry Pratchett and Dave’s favourite fantasy author.
Dave, who writes for sci-fi magazine SFX, hopes his footwear challenge will raise at least £1,000 for the charity.
He has set up a blog so friends, family and footwear enthusiasts can track his progress and offer him trainers.
Dave said: “People who know me know I love trainers, I have a stupid amount of them, and just before Christmas a friend asked me how much money I’d wasted on them.
“It got me thinking, how could I turn my collection into something more useful? That’s when I decided to attempt to wear a different pair of trainers every day for a year to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
“The problem is, and where it becomes a challenge, even I don’t own 365 pairs of trainers, so I’m going to have to beg, borrow and steal size nines wherever I can get them.
“Also, because of who I am, I realise I will be relying to a large extent on SFX readers and sci-fi fans to donate, as well as family and friends.
“As such it seemed only right to choose a sci-fi/fantasy related charity, so I’m delighted to give any proceeds to a charity supported by Sir Terry Pratchett, Alzheimer’s Research UK. I will try and incorporate a sci-fi theme whenever I can to make it more fun and appealing to potential sponsors.”
Jodie Vaughan, community fundraising manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “What a fun way to raise money! We wish Dave all the luck in the world for his trainer challenge and hope people donate and raid their cupboards for spare size nines so he can make it through the year.
“Every £20 he raises will pay for an hour of vital research, bringing us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.”
To help Dave raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, to track his progress and donate trainers, visit