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‘Human hamsters’ haul in cash

Posted on October 31 2016 at 11:37:07

Adam and Karen

A Blackwell firefighter and a paramedic from Cofton Hackett helped their colleagues raise almost £9,000 for three charities by becoming “human hamsters” for a day.

A team of 25 West Midlands firefighters and 25 paramedics each ran for one hour in full kit on a human hamster wheel at Birmingham’s Brindleyplace, raising funds for Cure Leukaemia, The Fire Fighters Charity and the Midlands Air Ambulance.

Watch Commander Adam Joyce, himself a former leukaemia patient, came up with the idea, assisted by Karen Baker, a critical care paramedic for the Midlands Air Ambulance.

Adam says: “Without Cure Leukaemia I would not be here now. The work they do around the region directly helps save lives and I want other people to hear the fantastic three words I heard all those years ago: ‘You are cured’.”

The wheel was originally built for an act on Britain’s Got Talent and was previously used for a similar challenge in 2014.

The total amount raised over the 50 hours was £8,832, but you can still donate by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/HumanHamsterWheel or texting HAMS16 £10’ to 70070.

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