Fire­fight­ers join cy­cle chal­lenge

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

THEY are no strangers to go­ing the ex­tra mile for char­ity, but four fire­fight­ers are now tak­ing on a new two-wheel chal­lenge to help save and trans­form lives in Glouces­ter­shire.

To­mor­row (July 12), a team from Glouces­ter­shire Fire and Res­cue will be tak­ing part in the county’s first char­ity street velo­drome chal­lenge on Chel­tenham’s Prom­e­nade.

Fire­fight­ers Steve Maginn, Michael Ell­more, Russ Parker and Matt Arm­strong will bat­tle it out in the pur­suit rac­ing event against other teams from com­pa­nies in­clud­ing head­line spon­sor Brewin Dol­phin, Bar­clays, Mid­win­ters Solic­i­tors, Kier Con­struc­tion, Creed Food­ser­vice, Abbey Busi­ness and Spi­rax Sarco.

The event, which starts at 10am, has been or­gan­ised by Chel­tenham and Glouces­ter Hos­pi­tals Char­ity. The money from the chal­lenge will go to­wards its scan­ner ap­peal to buy imag­ing tech­nol­ogy equip­ment, such as mo­bile dig­i­tal X-ray machines for Chel­tenham Gen­eral and Glouces­ter­shire Royal hos­pi­tals.

These machines pro­vide im­me­di­ate im­ages in sit­u­a­tions where ev­ery se­cond counts, par­tic­u­larly help­ing

pa­tients too un­well or med­i­cally un­sta­ble to be moved to the hospi­tal X-ray de­part­ment. Fire­fighter Russ said: “Last year, Glouces­ter­shire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice raised more than £22,000 to help lo­cal can­cer pa­tients through our bed push chal­lenge.

“This year, we wanted to con­tinue our sup­port by tak­ing on the street velo­drome chal­lenge to raise money for the scan­ner ap­peal.

“We hope to raise as much money as pos­si­ble to make a dif­fer­ence for lo­cal pa­tients with can­cer and other con­di­tions.

“The money raised will help to fund new imag­ing tech­nol­ogy to help save lives in the county and we are grate­ful for ev­ery do­na­tion in sup­port of the chal­lenge.” The event is backed by Glouces­ter­shire Par­a­lympian wheel­chair racer Mel Ni­cholls, who will be com­ing along on the day. Se­nior fundraiser for the char­ity, Karen Or­gan, said: “We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to our ex­cit­ing velo­drome event, which is a real first for Glouces­ter­shire. “The chal­lenge is run­ning through­out the day and it would be great to see peo­ple come down to cheer on their cho­sen team, and there will also be a chance to make a do­na­tion at the event.

“We wanted to say a huge thank you to ev­ery­one who has sup­ported the event to help make it hap­pen, from our sponsors to all the cy­clists tak­ing part. Good luck to all our teams.”

To sup­port the fire­fight­ers visit just­giv­ing.com/cam­paign/gfrs. The scan­ner ap­peal can be helped by:

Do­nat­ing on­line at www.gloshos­pi­tals.nhs.uk/char­ity

Tak­ing on a fundrais­ing chal­lenge, such as a spon­sored run or walk

Or­gan­is­ing fundrais­ing events at your lo­cal school, work, gym, club or com­mu­nity group

Mak­ing the scan­ner ap­peal your busi­ness’s char­ity of the year

Back­ing hospi­tal trans­for­ma­tional projects with a gift in your will.

Pic­ture: Mikal Lud­low Pho­tog­ra­phy

Fire­fight­ers Michael Ell­more, Matt Arm­strong, Rus­sell Parker and Steve Maginn

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