Generosity, a lot of walking, baby sharks! Firefighters raise thousands for charity
By Andrew Merrell | 13th September 2018
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.
After a long day walking some of our staff are showing signs of tiredness, the BABY-SHARK dance has been something that has kept their spirits up today? apologies for the poor dancing. #babysharkdance #GFRSagainstcancer #makingadifference @CGHospCharity https://t.co/p6YFOU1nEO pic.twitter.com/Ce0LIEzTXQ— Glosfire (@Glosfire) 11 September 2018
The final day of our 160 mile walk continues, Thank you to all our supporters who made the effort to get their staff outside and wave and cheers. @CGHospCharity @gloshospitalshttp://socsi.in/SmDXn pic.twitter.com/8Vk06jb7YD— Glosfire (@Glosfire) September 12, 2018
As we enter the last phase of the 160 mile bed push, we wanted to say a big thank you to @Glos_Police and @GlosRoads for keeping our staff & volunteers safe on all our Gloucestershire roads. https://t.co/mfCK4NxWmO pic.twitter.com/VRO5xWFnbn— Glosfire (@Glosfire) September 12, 2018
Well done @Glosfire firefighters across #Gloucestershire for carrying out 7,645 Safe and Well visits during the last 12 months. Call 0800 180 4140 to arrange a visit https://t.co/Z1m9q4ZB3b pic.twitter.com/Xj4ekNhB2t— Glosfire (@Glosfire) May 10, 2018
As the rain slows up, our staff speed up on our charity bed push 160 miles in 6 days, amazing effort by all involved to raise money and awareness #GFRSAgainstCancer our grand total is near £10,000 please keep donating & supporting through this link ➡️https://t.co/NnVnnl2dNi pic.twitter.com/Zu2FaOmcG6— Glosfire (@Glosfire) September 11, 2018
The bed push has entered its last afternoon; nearly at Cheltenham West Station. Our Just Giving Page has just hit £13,000 . Amazing effort by staff, local residents, businesses and the Gloucestershire Community, we are very proud to support @CGHospCharity https://t.co/v6U6zyKCFm pic.twitter.com/ntjPclXmGc— Glosfire (@Glosfire) September 12, 2018
Truly remarkable effort- crews have been walking sine 06:30 this morning and have made it to northleach station. Thanks for your patience on the roads and support @PunchlineGlos https://t.co/3p97K8U8p9 #gfrsagainstcancer #morethanonewaytosavealife pic.twitter.com/Vg2ecwEPDm— Glosfire (@Glosfire) September 9, 2018
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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