I am David Routledge; I was born a Sand Dancer (South Shields) and lived my early years in Jarrow before moving to Gateshead.
At the age of 12 I joined the Air Training Corps where I left as a Cadet Warrant Officer in 1986 and joined the Royal Air Force where I served for 13 years. I was medically downgraded for most of my time due to suffering a bad knee injury, which has caused many problems through my adult life. This has led to many operations and the latest one has left me with it plated and pinned.
After being discharged from the services I have worked for JD Wetherspoons, and worked overseas as an estate agent, before returning to the UK where I worked as an estate agent, for companies based in the northeast and set up an online estate agency back in the day, when my friends said I was crazy as it would never catch on. Who knew eh??
I became involved with Help for Heroes in 2011 where I signed up as a volunteer at a weeklong collection at the metro centre and also as joined The Band of Brothers where I have received excellent help in overcoming severe health issues. I looked after the Northeast as a Regional Volunteer Coordinator before becoming employed by Help for Heroes as the Regional Volunteer Coordinator (East), where I supported the Volunteer teams at many fundraising events.
I signed up to do BBBR 2020 but as we are all aware this went terribly wrong, due to the pandemic events got cancelled and I was made redundant from the charity. In the summer of 2020, I spent 3 months in our Spanish house where I took my road bike and got some great mileage in, cycling along the Mediterranean.
The past 18 months have been particularly difficult for everyone and charities who are reliant on public donations. I am proud to support the ride and hope to raise some much-needed funds to help our veterans to a better future.