Ambulance staff dance for charity close to their hearts
Date: 14 June 2016
A group of ambulance staff in Waveney are the latest to have taken on an internet dance trend for a charity close to their hearts.
Around 30 staff at Waveney ambulance depot rose to the Running Man Challenge – a dance embraced by emergency services around the world.
Filmed during their spare time, the video aims to raise awareness and funds for Ollie’s Heroes, a cancer charity set up by Senior Paramedic Jamie Gray which helps people with the costs of living and travelling to hospital and also provides vital support for families across the area.
Jamie established the charity in memory of his son Ollie, who passed away in September after a five-year battle with leukaemia and treatment that included a bone marrow transplant.
Student Paramedic Ben Law said: “The family was dealing with separation for three months during Ollie’s bone marrow therapy at Bristol and travelling for procedures. With little or no odds to hold on to due to Ollie having Down’s syndrome, they were unsure he could handle the treatment.
“Nonetheless, he managed to endure most of the treatment with a great big smile on his face and was known to be the hospital mascot inspiring others in such a sad situation.
“Although we are deeply saddened, we would like to help raise money for others in this same situation. We would also like to give a huge thanks to everyone who gave up their free time, participated and was involved in the making of the Waveney Running Man challenge for Ollie’s Heroes.”
The ambulance staff have now challenged the casts of BBC dramas Holby City and Casualty to take part in the dance.
Last month, EEAST staff at Longwater depot, near Norwich, completed the challenge and raised hundreds of pounds for charity.
Dozens of ambulance staff have taken part in a dance challenge to raise funds for a charity close to their hearts