Tuesday 10th December 2013 – 4.00pm – Claire Brown.
Two paramedics will don superhero costumes and climb 13 floors of 13 buildings in Birmingham next week to raise money for a children’s brain tumour charity.
Mike Duggan and Tom Rose, based in Birmingham, will join fellow emergency service colleagues in a challenge to raise over £10,000 by climbing the stair cases of some of Birmingham’s landmark buildings for The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity.
Josh, from Bury, has a reoccurring brain tumour and complex neuromuscular disabilities following surgery. Nicknamed #SuperJosh by his supporters, he wants to use his special superhero powers to help other children suffering with brain tumours.
The charity, launched in August to celebrate Josh’s 13th birthday, is chaired by West Midlands Police Superintendent Keith Fraser who has organised the #Brum13peakchallenge which will involve 13 superheroes climbing 13 floors in 13 buildings on Monday 16th December.
Paramedics Mike and Tom will join Supt Fraser, police and fire colleagues together with members of the local community for the one day challenge to raise money for a new family room as part of the new Cancer Suite at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Mike said: “The news that your child has any illness is always traumatic. To have a facility to allow bad news, such as cancer, to be broken and taken in is vital to support families and we are pleased to be given the opportunity to try and assist the goal Keith has set himself. It is shaping up to be an awesome day and although it will be a challenge we are all set to rise to it!”
The challenge, supported by The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable, will kick start outside Birmingham Children’s Hospital on Steelhouse Lane at 9.30am and finishes at Lloyd House Police HQ at 5pm. The 13 super heroes will be climbing stairs at Brindley place, The Cube, Birmingham’s new Library, Colmore Gate, The Radisson, the Rotunda, the McLaren building, Centre City House and Colmore Plaza.
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