Ambulance pull for Children in Need

Ambulance staff will be raising money for Children in Need on Friday (16 November) by pulling an ambulance 12 miles from Hackney to BBC White City.

Starting at 9.15am at Homerton ambulance station, the team made up of around 20 frontline and administrative staff will take it turns to pull the Mercedes using six specially-adapted harnesses.

The route will take the ambulance south to Liverpool Street rail station, before turning west and going through central London, including the length of Oxford Street.

As well as those pulling the vehicle, other staff will be walking along the route cheering the team on and collecting money.

Homerton Paramedic Martin Lewis, who’s organising the pull, said: “I used to work doing vehicle preparation for films and car commercials where we set up rigs to pull cars for the shoot. I came up with the idea a few months ago when I thought ‘instead of pulling a one-tonne car, why don’t we pull a four-tonne ambulance through central London?’

“Many of my colleagues have done similar charity work before, including one who has twice run the London Marathon pulling a tyre behind him, so they were more than willing to volunteer.

“We’ll be pulling the ambulance at about three or four miles per hour, so it should take around seven-and-a-half hours. Thanks are due to Transport for London, local councils, Westfield Shopping Centre and other organisations that have been very kind in allowing us to do this.”

So far the team have raised about a quarter of their £1,500 target.

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/the-ambulance-pull.

The route

Starting at Homerton ambulance station, E9, at 9.15am the team will pull the ambulance through: Clapton, Hackney, Bethnal Green, Shoreditch, Liverpool Street station, Smithfield, Holborn, Oxford Street, Marble Arch (by 4pm), Notting Hill, Holland Park, Sheperd’s Bush, Westfield Shopping Centre, BBC TV Centre at Wood Lane.

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