Tuesday 29th July 2014 – 1.00pm – Suzie Wheaton.
Ambulance crews within Staffordshire will be battling it out on the football field this weekend in a bid to raise money for charity.
The event which will take place on Sunday 3rd August, will see two teams (North and South Staffordshire) made up of ambulance staff from a variety of roles and ranks within the service all coming together to raise funds for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Charity.
The Charity was chosen as one of the team members, Dave Minard, a paramedic within the division, received tremendous treatment at the hospital after being diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer.
Dave was diagnosed back in 2012 at the age of 31. Despite undergoing treatment and a number of major operations Dave has taken on a variety of challenges including a sky dive and more recently a three peak challenge, where he and a team of paramedics scaled three of the highest mountains in Britain. So far Dave and his ambulance service colleagues have managed to raise over £5,500 for the hospital’s Charity.
Stafford father of two, Dave said: “My diagnosis came as a complete shock. I have always led an extremely healthy lifestyle, exercising most days and maintaining a good diet but cancer isn’t picky.
“Throughout my treatment I have seen and experienced firsthand what the Queen Elizabeth hospital achieves on a daily basis and I cannot speak highly enough of the care I have received. The amazing and advanced work that the staff perform at this hospital is incredible and all under the banner of the NHS. With this in mind, I was determined to start raising money for their cancer appeal to help support further advances in cancer treatment.”
The tournament will kick off at 3pm at the Stafford Rangers Ground, on Marston Road in Stafford. Gates open from 2pm. A £3 donation is asked from adults attending the match (kids go free) which is payable on the day.
Why not show your support and pop along to cheer on our staff whilst helping to raise money for a good cause.