David plans to carry on fundraising in retirement

A FUNDRAISER who has helped raised more than £1m for charity has vowed to continue his efforts now he is enjoying his retirement.

David Whiteley recently said a fond farewell to hundreds of colleagues at Northumbrian Water after spending the last 37 years working for the company, the last 20 years as facilities manager.

In recent years, the 60-year-old from Tynemouth has raised money for the WaterAid charity after becoming aware of their work through his job.

And in that time, he has helped organise fun days, auction nights, fancy dress days, golf events, and taken to the streets with his ‘toilet bike’ to help bring in the funds.

David said: “I think it’s a good charity, I enjoy the buzz of doing something for charity.

“It was set up by the water industry, and is now a major charity raising £50m a year to help slums and poor countries.”

David has seen first hand the work WaterAid do, joining them on expeditions to some of the poorest cities in Tanzania.

“I’ve given talks on my experiences in Western Africa,” he said.

“I’ve seen areas where there is no clean water, those who are just receiving help from WaterAid and villages who were helped a couple of years earlier. The changes and improvements are amazing.

“I’ve also visited slums without any clean water and thousands of people living there. It just makes you want to help them more. It was a culture shock.”

David plans to spend his retirement continuing to fundraise for WaterAid as well as play golf and go walking.

But first up is a round the world trip with his wife.

“I’m not going to take it easy in my retirement,” he said.