June 15, 2018 10.01 am This story is over 65 months old

Lincolnite of the week: Dave Johnson

Even muscle men can be floored by bullies

“There are big challenges in life, but you can overcome them. Bullying is never acceptable,” said Lincoln strongman Dave Johnson, clenching his fists.

He’s preparing to take on another mind boggling obstacle for charity – and this year, he’s raising awareness of a different cause that’s, perhaps surprisingly, close to his heart.

This year, Dave will pull a double decker bus supplied by Black Cat Travel at St Marks shopping centre on Saturday, July 14.

His aim is to pull the bus once empty before taking donations for anyone who wants to hop on board for the second pull – there’s space on the bus for up to 70 people!

Money raised will go to The Ethan Maull ‘Up Yours to Cancer’ Foundation, Let Them Eat Cake and also the NSPCC.

As well as raising awareness and money for cancer in memory of Dave’s late friend Mark Browne, he’s this year also standing up to bullying and online abuse.

Dave is well known in Lincoln for his annual strongman missions. He’s recognisable for his iron stance and luminous mohawk, but even muscle men can be floored by bullies.

“It’s something I have personally been affected by,” he told The Lincolnite. “Before the internet you could step way from it to a certain extent, but now the ‘trolls’ follow you and torment you on things like Facebook.”

Lincolnite of the week is part of an ongoing series telling the story of the city through the people of Lincoln. Do you know someone deserving of the spotlight? Contact the news team on [email protected]