Soldier puts stamina to the test in support of comrades

Staff Sgt David Cook is doing a 24-hour non-stop challenge on a rowing machine to raise money for the Royal Artillery Charity Fund.

Staff Sgt David Cook is doing a 24-hour non-stop challenge on a rowing machine to raise money for the Royal Artillery Charity Fund.

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A reserve soldier is aiming to pull in the charity cash by taking part in a 24-hour rowing challenge.

Staff Sergeant David Cook will put his fitness to the test in aid of a charity helping his comrades past and present.

I have served 32 years with the reseverves and I just wanted to give something back.

Staff Sergeant David Cook

The Sunderland-based social worker will row on a static machine for 24 hours at the 205 battery’s Territorial Army Hall in Northfield Gardens, South Shields, to raise cash for the Royal Artillery Charity Fund.

The 52-year-old, who has served during the conflict in Iraq, said: “I have served 32 years with the reserves and I wanted to give something back.

“I have raised money in the past for Grace House Hospice but, after losing three serving members in the past two years, I decided this was the charity I wanted to see benefit from this year’s challenge.”

The charity supports serving and retired members of the unit and their families, whether it is through hard times or in need of mobility equipment.

The father-of-two’s test of endurance will start at 4pm today. People are invited to go along and make a donation while he rows

The feat is just one of a number of events Staff Sgt Cook has taken part in to raise cash for charity.

Over the years he has taken part in the Great North Run dressed in full combat gear, walked the length of Hadrian’s Wall and completed the Lyke Wake Walk.

He added: “I have set up a JustGiving page, but there will be buckets out during the event, so if anyone wants to call in and make a donation, they can.

“They will have to use the intercom at the gates to gain access.”

The 205 territorial battery is part of 101 regiment.

Its soldiers have taken part in both World Wars and more recently its reservists have served in Afghanistan and both Gulf wars in Iraq.

Anyone who would like to make a donation can visit www.justgiving.com/david-cook31