Charity: The Antarctic Marathon (

If I were to ask you 'What could you do to raise money for charity' I'm sure most of us would reply along the lines of...


I'll give up chocolate.

I'll do a sky dive.

I'll grow some horrendous facial hair.



Dave Weeds is different, he decided to run a marathon on every continent and this final one being the Antarctic! I know one person in particular (who is going to remain nameless although shares my same surname) who will be like 'that doesn't sound difficult' - well it is and in fact there are under 100 people worldwide who have achieved such a feat. Put it this way, 12 people have walked on the I'm not saying (and I'm sure Dave wouldn't want me too) that there weren't some good points about running marathons in each continent; the food for instance. However the truth remains there is a reason why the Antarctic has no permanent's fucking cold and barren! 


Dave run this final marathon in Antarctica to raise money and awareness for The National Deaf Children's Society

The NDCS is the UK national charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. They represent the interests and campaign for the rights of all deaf children and young people from birth to independence. If you would like to know more about the NDCS and the invaluable work that they do, please visit their website at


It would be great if during this Christmas season, we could help The National Deaf Children's Society by donating a small amount (Click on the link below):


Hawkins & Shepherd | donated to their charity raffle which was an amazing fund raising event but we would also like to pledge to double all donations made from our readers/customers.


Here's what Dave had to say about the whole experience:

"The trip to Antarctica was a mind-blowing experience from start to finish. From the moment we stepped off the plane onto the frozen continent, it felt like a dream. The scenery was just spectacular with views stretching for hundreds of miles.

The race itself was like no other I’ve ever experienced. Apart from the usual challenges that running 26.2 miles brings, we had to deal with regulating our core body temperature by adding/removing/adjusting layers to ensure we were not too cold or too warm in the -15°C Antarctic environment. The terrain was packed snow on top of ice that in places was firm and responsive and in others was soft and energy-sapping.

The camaraderie amongst the competitors was amazing... we were 50 runners together at the end of the earth supporting each other to achieve our common goal.

I crossed the line in 5 hours and 52 minutes with a huge smile on my face. It had been the toughest yet most incredible race of my life. I was delighted to receive my race medal from event director Richard Donovan, plus a separate medal to mark my completion of 7 marathons on 7 continents.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Carl and everyone at Pin Collar Shirts / Hawkins & Shepherd for supporting me and The National Deaf Children’s Society."


Carl Thompson
Carl Thompson


Founder & CEO Pin Collar Shirts Ltd

1 Comment

Syd Johnson
Syd Johnson

December 10, 2014

Thanks for supporting Dave,he’s a bloody legend.

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