David’s late night tube dash racks up charity cash

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A Morecambe man has raised more than £1,200 for St John’s Hospice by visiting every London Underground station in one day.

Self-confessed ‘Tubegeek’ David Chandler took part in the ‘Walk the Tube’ challenge on April 10; starting at 4.45am at Heathrow Terminal 4 station, along with 25 other fundraisers.

The group was beset by delays throughout the day, with everything from a near decapitation at Stockwell to signal failure at Plaistow conspiring to thwart their attempt.

When the main group voted to forsake a number of stations and head for the finish line at Amersham at midnight, seven of the tube challengers (including David) voted to split and press on with their attempt.

Making it as far as Chesham, in the furthest reaches of Buckinghamshire at 12:20am, the ‘Gunnersbury Seven’ made a late-night dash back across the capital in time to catch the last District Line train of the night to Richmond and clocked up the magic 270 stations, with a final time of 20 hours and eight minutes.

David, who is originally from London but now lives in Bare, said: “It was a fantastic day, with lots of laughs, drama and great camaraderie.

“The organisers did a terrific job coping with all the problems on the Tube network and kept our spirits up.

“I loved every minute of it. I would like to thank everyone who has donated and sent messages of support – it all helps a fantastic cause.”

David chose to help the charity after seeing our Save Our Hospice campaign.

You can donate to St John’s Hospice on David’s JustGiving page: