Donations in memory of Dave Caudwell raise £2500
Dave Caudwell, formerly Northern Navigators, passed away on 1st August 2023. We are grateful to report that £2500 has been raised for the Orienteering Foundation from donations by his family and those who knew him.
Dave got involved in orienteering in the early '70s, being one of the early members of what was then Lanchester Orienteers. That became Northern Navigators, and Dave was a driving force as the club established itself, serving on the committee for many years including as chair, and as organiser, planner and controller of events. However he became best known for his mapping in the North East, including several awards:
- A certificate of cartographic excellence for his map of Bewick Moor North, used for a National Event in 1996.
- The Bonnington Trophy in 1998 for services to mapping – British Orienteering's highest award for mapping.
- The Chichester Trophy - awarded for the best non-professional map in any given year - for his map of Simonside Hills, used for the British Orienteering Championships in March 2004.
You can read more about Dave's life and contributions to the sport on the Northern Navigator's website.
In recognition of his support of orienteering, the family asked those wanting to remember him to make a donation that would go to the Orienteering Foundation, and a total of £2500 was raised from friends and family. Dave's family have expressed a wish that the money go towards youth development in orienteering, which the board will take note of when applying the funds to projects and grant applications. It is always sad news when one of the orienteering community passes away, and we are thinking of the family he leaves behind at this difficult time, but we are grateful that his passing can be marked in such a generous way.