A Leuchars dad who has raised thousands of pounds for good causes since he was just 12-years-old, has revealed his next challenge may be a run from Lands End to John O’ Groats.
Sergeant David Adam, who was based at RAF Leuchars but is now stationed down south, was presented with a lifetime achievement award at Kingdom FM’s annual Local Heroes ceremony recently.
Over the years David has raised £200,000 for terminally ill and disadvantaged children, his efforts leading to him being awarded an MBE in 2008.
David, whose wife and family still live in Leuchars, said he was very surprised when he realised he had been chosen for the award.
And while the 46-year-old said he was “humbled and delighted to win such a prestigious award, he isn’t ready to hang up his running shoes just yet!
He told the Fife Herald and St Andrews Citizen he is already planning another fundraising challenge and running from one end of the British Isles to the other, is number one on his ‘bucket list’!
Commenting on the award ceremony he said: “I received an invite to attend the event from Blair Crofts, Kingdom FM’s station director, and I made the assumption that it was because I was the baton bearer for the St Andrews leg of the Commonwealth Games 2014 baton relay.
“ When it was announced that the Lifetime Achievement Award was to be awarded Mr Crofts was on stage and began reading out the story of the recipient.
“When he said ‘from the age of 12 and raised a considerable amount of monies’ it was then and only then the realisation dawned that I was there to receive an award.”
David added: “I was speechless to be honest. There were countless individuals who have led remarkable lives and deserved an award more than me.
“I had been listening to the amazing stories of those nominated for awardsand it was all very humbling - It really was a privilege to be in the same hall as so many true ‘Local Heroes’.”
David said that over the years he has fundraised whenever he could. While serving in the Falklands in 2006 he raised £2700 in just 16 days including running 36 miles on a treadmill in five hours and 55 seconds. He also volunteered in a cafe setting up buckets so service colleagues could donate their spare change and his efforts were featured on Forces TV.
And it is his love of running, which began at high school in Dundee, which has given him the inspiration for his next adventure - Lands End to John O’ Groats.
David was given the honour of raising the Union Jack during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
He then went on to take the Commonwealth Games baton from Scottish curling’s Eve Muirheadon its journey through St Andrews.
Sgt Adam works in a personnel support role for the Joint Information Activities Group at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire.
He has been deployed on five operational tours including postings to Italy (2000-01) during the conflict in the Balkans, to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iraq on Op Telic (2003) and twice in the past few years in support of Operations in Afghanistan in 2008 and 2011.