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After dinner speakers

Dave Heeley

Dave set himself a worldwide challenge to run seven marathons in seven days.  Known as blind Dave, he ran marathons in Brazil, the Falklands, Los Angeles, Sydney, Dubai and Tunisia, finishing his challenge by completing the London Marathon in a time of five hours 23 minutes.

A truly inspirational man – Dave will deliver a fascinating insight – into his amazing achievement showing how life’s obstacles can be met head on and overcome.

Dave has a unique way of delivering his motivational speeches, with a passion that leaves listeners humbled, to the point where they leave the room feeling that nothing is impossible.

Dave, an ordinary guy from West Bromwich, recounts stories from his own experiences as a self -motivated blind person, offering broader insights to life such as:

  • The emotional challenge of living with blindness and continuing an active life, including  playing cricket and building a full size wooden playhouse for his daughters.
  • Aiming high – helping people to achieve their personal goals; whether that be to walk    independently or run marathons.
  • His unique achievement being the first blind person to run 7 marathons in 7 continents in 7 days.
  • Never giving up, facing fears and making the most of adversity. Dave talks about mindsets, attitude, beliefs and how we can adapt and change.

Dave’s humour and immense enthusiasm for life bring smiles, tears and inspiration from the audience.

Recent clients

Dave Heeley’s audiences in recent years have included: Aston Villa FC, Atlantic FM, Birmingham Business Breakfast Club, Birmingham City Council, Birmingham City FC, Cheltenham Masked Ball, College’s Costcutters, EDF Energy, Federation of International Guide Dogs, Forever Living Products conference Belfast & Cheltenham, Grammar Schools, High Schools, Infants & Junior Schools, Investors in Excellence Conference, Jobcentre plus conference’s, RAF Cosford, Richo Arena, RNIB and Blind Societies around UK, Rotary clubs & WI Groups, Sandwell Council, Southport Rotary Conference, Special needs schools, Sport England, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Money, Virgin Unite, Hammersmith, Wallsall F C, Walsall Council, West Bromwich Albion FC, Winchester University, Wolves F C.


“Dave Heeley is a true hero to attempt the magnificent seven challenge. For someone who can not see his is the most far sighted man I have ever met.  In my lifetime I have been privileged to manage some of the worlds biggest stars….The Beegees, Eric Clapton and Ian Botham. Dave Heeley’s skill, spirit, determination and vision compares with these icons. The money and awareness he raises for Guide Dogs for the Blind is legendary. It is an honour to know him and to be his friend.” – David English MBE

“I just wanted to say hello and thank you for coming to the Virgin Money staff day in London.  I found you truly inspirational. You story was one of the main topics of conversation during and after the day.  I actually had goose bumps when you went on stage and talked to us.  We all grumble about life and you have overcome and achieved so much I feel proud to have met you in this way.  I came back from London that day and all I talked about to my family was you and how inspired I was. Good luck in your next adventure (no mountain climbing though).” – Sharon Virgin Money

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