A 999 dash with a difference!

Firefighter Phil Davies, paramedic Dave Mollart and PC Matt Hornby.
Firefighter Phil Davies, paramedic Dave Mollart and PC Matt Hornby.
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It’s all in a day’s work for these 999 heroes to change lives across the Fylde coast.

Now the trio, along with dozens of their workmates across the three emergency services, have signed up to run in the Santa Dash for The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign.

Their joining fee and sponsorship donations will help to change the lives of countless patients admitted for care when dealing with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses.

Hospice Heroes is aiming to raise £200,000 for Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice, Bispham.

The funds will be put together with a £280,000 grant from the Department for Health to fund a massive redevelopment of the facilities on Low Moor Road. Firefighters from Blue Watch, based at Forest Gate Fire Station, Blackpool, have all signed up to the Dash on Sunday, December 1.

Crew manager Mark Warwick said: “Once we knew the Dash was for the hospice we knew it was for a good cause.

“It’s quite easy to do, it’s reasonably short and I think because of that people will find it achievable.”

The dash starts at Sandcastle, going up to Central Pier and back, starting at 10.30am.

PC Matt Hornby said: “Trinity Hospice is just a fantastic resource, the work it does is incredible.

“Santa Dash is something easy people can do to raise money for a great cause and have fun at the same time.”

Paramedics bosses have made an impassioned plea for their crews to join if they can.

Dave Rigby, North West Ambulance sector manager for Fylde, said: “We value the good work the hospice does.

“Our staff, along with police and firemen, go beyond what’s needed of them. The Santa Dash is another way of showing we do care.”

DETAILS OF HOW YOU CAN DONATE OR GET INVOLVED ARE LISTED ON OUR DEDICATED HOSPICE HEROES PAGE.