A team of kind-hearted and motivated paramedics have taken on a challenge of conquering 1,836 kilometres between them over the period of a month in an effort to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. 

The group of nine paramedics, who work for the Hazardous Area Response Team at West Midlands Ambulance Service, help provide urgent healthcare and support to those who find themselves in extremely dangerous surroundings.  

One of the paramedics, Rob Griffiths, whose partner is a paediatric nurse on one of the oncology ward at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, knows how important it is to give back at this time of the year. He rallied his colleagues to take on the challenge of walking or running 1,836 kilometres - the total number of children diagnosed with cancer every year - over a month 

The group divided the distance between them and fit in a run before or after work, and even during their lunchbreak, to help reach the target. Halfway through the challenge, with fatigue setting in, it was evident it would be an uphill task – their goal felt like it was so far away. However, they all persevered and helped to motivate one another when the pressure kicked in. 

After setting up a Just Giving page, the group steadily raised money throughout the month, totalling  an amazing £1,300, which will go to the hospital’s oncology department. 


Rob Griffiths says: “I am so proud to have been able to give back to the amazing oncology department, to help them continue the incredible work they do saving lives every day. 

My team rose to the challenge and even when things were difficult, we all worked so hard between our shifts to make sure we could inspire others to fundraise and raise as much money for the Children’s Hospital as possible.” 

Miranda Williams, Head of Public Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said : “It is wonderful to see Rob rally his colleagues to take on such a brilliant challenge, helping us make a difference for sick kids. As his wife is a colleague here, he no doubt knows the incredible work that happens here, and the difference it makes to our young patients. We are grateful to him and his team.”