The face of Sky Sports’ darts coverage, Dave Clark, is set to embark on a 200 mile coast-to-coast walk across England this weekend in order to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK. Clark was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease over five years ago, back in January 2011, but he has fought the illness with immense bravery.
Parkinson’s UK is the charity adopted by the Professional Darts Corporation for 2016, as a tribute and acknowledgement of Clark’s inspiring determination to fight this horrid condition, which also killed his father Alan.
Clark begins his trek this Saturday at St Bees, connecting the Irish and North Seas, before the 200 mile walk culminates at Robin Hood’s Bay, near Whitby on September 23rd.
Clark has already raised over £31,000 for Parkinson’s UK, having received donations from the likes of Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis & Raymond van Barneveld. He also received a call from Alan Shearer, who said his mate would give him free membership to his gym in London, in order for him to build up his fitness.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mirror back in February, Clark admitted: “I know the bottom line is that the illness will ultimately have a devastating effect on me and those around me. In years to come, I might not be able to walk, talk or even smile.
“But I’m not going to hide away – the alternative is to give up the ghost, pack it in, turn the lights off and lie in the corner of a darkened room. No way am I throwing in the towel to some lousy illness,” he added.
Despite suffering with this debilitating neurological disease for over 5 years, Clark has remained a main-stay on Sky Sports’ darting coverage, and he is still one of the very best in the business. He is a true inspiration to us all, and he is once again displaying immense courage ahead of what will be a gruelling two-weeks.
To donate to Dave Clark’s Coast to Coast Walk for Parkinson’s UK, please visit his page on JustGivingUK. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ClarkysC2C?utm_id=20
Good luck Dave!