Bed pushers raised highest ever total

NILALM110416A1 - Ilkeston Ambulance team at the League of friends bed push on Bath street.
NILALM110416A1 - Ilkeston Ambulance team at the League of friends bed push on Bath street.

A RECORD amount of cash was raised for the Ilkeston Community Hospital League of Friends annual bed push event which took place on Saturday.

The Ilkeston ambulance team raised the most on the day, collecting almost £500 on their way up Bath Street.

The team from the hospital’s Oakwell Ward managed to get £271 and teams from the Manners Ward and Erewash Sound added to the £1,250 total amount. The League of Friends is expecting more cash to be donated as the teams collect sponsorship.

Tracy Cunningham, 44, an ambulance technician, joined the race as part of the Ilkeston ambulance team.

She said: “It was a fantastic day and we raised some good money for such a good cause.

“We decided to get involved after seeing what a great job the hospital does when we were there on placements. We all enjoyed racing against and beating the hospital staff we’ve got to know.”

President and chairman of the League of Friends, Mike Perry, said: “On behalf of the Ilkeston Hospital League of Friends I’d like to express sincere appreciation to everyone for their support, effort and dedication.

“People responded magnificently despite the recession. Ilkeston hospital is held in very high esteem within this and indeed surrounding communities and it was very heartening to hear so many comments of high praise.”