Managing director of East Midlands-based civil and structural engineering firm BSP Consulting, David Sumner, has successfully completed a charity challenge to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research.

It was the third time he’d undertaken the 10in10 challenge – an annual walk/run which conquers ten peaks in ten hours in the Lake District.

Partly walking, partly running the route, Dave completed the distance of 27.77km in six hours and 15 minutes…. burning 4,329 calories in the process!

He’s collected around £1,500 for research into MS – a cause close to his heart, as his wife Pat has been living with the condition for more than 20 years.

“It was a really fantastic event which attracted people from all over the world,” said David. “I met Sir Chris Bonington, patron of the event, and a few research professors, who are putting everything they have into finding a cure. I was very encouraged by news of the latest research which is aiming to devise new treatments to repair the damage that occurs in MS, which is such a debilitating neurological condition.”

Around 450 people took part in the 10in10, which is expected to raise about £100,000 to be split between two research projects currently being undertaken at the University of Glasgow and at the Cambridge Myelin Repair Centre. The first is investigating ‘pro inflammatory feedback loops in progressive MS’ and the second is undertaking world-renowned research into repair of myelin – the sheaths on nerve fibres which are damaged by MS.

“You do get the sense that research is really well joined up, and I wanted to share these positive feelings with all those who have sponsored me over several years,” added David. “There are so many good causes out there and I am truly grateful to everyone who has donated and supported me.”

He has undertaken a number of challenges in aid of MS research, including climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in 2014, and with the backing of friends, family, colleagues and associates, he has raised thousands of pounds for the cause.

David, the MD of Nottingham-headquartered BSP Consulting, which also has branches in Derby, Leicester and Sheffield, has set up a fundraising page for donations here

BSP Consulting, based in Oxford Street, Nottingham, provides a comprehensive range of consultancy services in civil, structural, geotechnical, transportation and environmental engineering to all sectors of the construction community, from architects, project managers and contractors to developers and estate agents. It was founded in 1999 and operates across the UK.

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