One week ago today, firefighters from the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service successfully completed their EPIC 160 mile bed push challenge in the fight against cancer. With donations still coming in, the final total raised for the Oncology Unit at Cheltenham General Hospital is set to be over £21,000!
On Friday 7th September, the team of Gloucestershire firefighters and supporters started their epic charity bed push from Lydney to Cheltenham. This incredible six-day challenge saw the team making their way across the county going from fire station to station pushing a hospital bed. Car horns were tooted, lots of money was donated and warm welcomes received along the route.
Originally the brainchild of GFRS station manager, Rob Bunting, the idea of a charity bed push received an overwhelming response from people keen to be involved and with an anticipated total of £21,000 raised, what a fabulous charity challenge it has proved to be!
With a parade of fire engines and fire fighters walking out in front, the bed push challenge was completed in style as it made its way along the Promenade before picking up the Mayor of Cheltenham to walk the final leg of the journey to Cheltenham General Hospital, where a crowd of jubilant supporters- and a specially made cake awaited them!
On a day-to-day basis, the Gloucestershire Fire and Safety Service regularly serve and protect our community but by taking part in this inspirational bed push challenge; officers have literally gone that extra mile and in doing so, have taken the invaluable service they provide to a whole new level.
If you would like to make a donation to support GFRS against Cancer then please click on this link to their JustGiving page!
A very well done to everyone involved! Cin cin!