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Generosity, a lot of walking, baby sharks! Firefighters raise thousands for charity

If ever you doubted the power of team spirit and the generosity of the public trawl through the Twitter feed of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service.

Staff and supporters from the country-based emergency services walked an incredible 160 miles  - pushing a bed, no less - in an ambitiously long trek from fire station to fire station (all 21 of them) to raise money for Cheltenham and Gloucester's Hospital Charity (GHC).

At the end of it - judging by the incredible support and following they received everywhere they went they can rest assured their efforts were worth it - to the tune of £13,000!

That money will go to the GHC, which supports local oncology care charity Focus. 

Where do the 'baby sharks' mentioned in the headline come into all of this? Just watch the video below - one of a number of social media posts which show the enthusiasm and camaraderie with which everyone involved set about their challenge.

Punchline-Gloucester.com and Moose Marketing and PR take our hats off to them all. You can help take the total amount raised even higher by visiting the Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue's Just Giving page .

All the pictures below have been used with permission of the fire and rescue service and come from some of the Tweets sent during their amazing and inspirational journey.

Councillor Andrew Gravells, chairman of Gloucestershire County Council, said "We all know somebody who has been touched by cancer.

"As somebody who has received both chemotherapy and radiotherapy at the Cheltenham Centre myself I personally appreciate this challenging and imaginative Fund Raiser."

Speaking as the big push got underway Andy Hermiston, acting chief fire officer, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said:

"There's a huge amount of excitement building and I am incredibly pleased to see so many staff from across the service volunteering their time to support this really worthwhile cause.

"I would also like to take the opportunity to thank the many businesses from across the county who have pledged their support and would encourage everyone to contribute wherever you can, there's still time and every little bit counts."

You can help take the total amount raised even higher by visiting the Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue's Just Giving page .

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